UPS is now requiring photo identification from customers shipping packages at retail locations around the world, a month after explosives made it on to one of the company’s planes.
The Atlanta-based package courier said Tuesday the move is part of an ongoing review to enhance security. The directive will apply at The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. locations and other authorized shipping outlets.
UPS customer centers have required government-issued photo identification since 2005.
In late October, a printer cartridge on a UPS cargo plane bound for Chicago was stopped in London after explosives were discovered. The package was later traced to a retail location in Yemen.
Bear with me while I think “out loud” for a bit…
On the one hand, anything that improves security is probably a good thing.
On the other, the package that started this all originated in Yemen… and it’s highly likely the guy that shipped it had a Yemeni-government-issued photo ID. The 9/11 hijackers also had state-issued photo IDs, though some of them used fraudulent means to obtain a legal ID.
Therefore, on balance, I really don’t think this move will do a heck of a lot to enhance security.