Though the government maintains that its Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will keep terrorists off the docks without slowing cargo handling or port operations, critics say that claim doesn't hold water.
The TWIC program is designed to limit port access by requiring anyone who works at or conducts business at a port facility to have a TWIC credential—a biometric identification card that includes detailed information about the holder. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for the IDs, which require a background check and fingerprinting.
Though few have any quarrel with the program itself, several port and ocean carrier representatives who spoke at an American Association of Port Authorities seminar in Boston last month raised some concerns about the program's implementation. Here are just a few of their objections: