TSA: Mule drivers need security clearances

March 24, 2009 3:47:47 PM PDT
Score one for the bureaucracy: Mule drivers at an eastern Pennsylvania historical park need the same federal security clearance as port workers. The decision means the small museum will have to pay $420 for four Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.

A federal anti-terror law typically requires the clearance for workers who need unescorted access to secure areas of ports and ships.

Republican Congressman Charles Dent says he's disappointed. He sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday asking her to reconsider. He calls it a case of "a bureaucracy not paying attention to common sense."

The museum says it might increase the ticket price for a canal ride.

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