UPS to Require Photo IDs for Shipping Packages

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UPSUPS (UPS) is now requiring photo identification from customers shipping packages at retail locations around the world, a month after explosives made its way 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.

The stepped-up security also comes as UPS prepares for its busiest shipping day of the year. United Parcel Service expects to deliver 430 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and 24 million packages alone on its busiest day, projected to be Dec. 22. That's up 60 percent from a normal day.

"Since retail centers experience a significant increase in business from occasional shippers during the busy holidays, this enhancement adds a prudent step in our multi-layered approach to security," UPS Vice President of small business and retail marketing Dale Hayes said in a statement.

Shares of UPS Inc. rose 66 cents to $72.35 in morning trading Tuesday after rising to a 52-week high of $72.42 earlier in the session.


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mikecampiani

Big deal -- do they actually think that some heathen from the middle east who is intent on blowing up an aircraft and has gone to all the trouble of making a bomb, getting it on a plane undetected, etc. can't come up with a fake photo ID? Geez at the stupidity.

December 08 2010 at 7:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

"the move is part of an ongoing review to enhance security." ..............Baloney! As if Bin Laden's boys can't come up with fake IDs. UPS is data mining. There's a huge market for the information from personal ID.

December 08 2010 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bbib1

Yeah, cause African terrorists don't have fake ID's right? Another violation of OUR rights that will have NO EFFECT ON THE TERRORISTS.

December 08 2010 at 5:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
eyeforeye42

Should take a picture of you and get your finger print too just like they do at customs in this country.

December 08 2010 at 2:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Roy

GREAT more freedoms lost because of terrorist! Sounds like they are winning to me. I know one way around this, a muslum with a berka. Asking to see their face would be against their religion.

December 08 2010 at 2:37 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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qapla5

You are an idiot. For starters, the term is Muslim (or, for the truly old-fashioned, Moslem, and for those still living in the 19th century, Mohammedan) and the apparel you're referring to is a "burqa." Now, the burqa is ONLY worn by WOMEN, and it's only WOMEN who are subject to covering their face (aside from a small group of Berber tribes in North Africa, especially in Morocco and Algeria where the men veil themselves, largely for protection from desert sandstorms). And even covering the face is required of women in only a few areas of the Muslim world (mainly in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and the Wahhabi-dominated Saudi Arabia). Other Muslim women who veil are doing so for EXACTLY the same reason so many "Christian" women refuse to wear slacks or jeans--because they feel it's an expression of their religious values.

December 08 2010 at 2:58 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
euzkara

Now when will we require photo ID's when people go to the polls to vote?

December 07 2010 at 11:49 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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mikecampiani

EXCELLENT POINT!!!!!!! (Answer to your question = NEVER. Why? Because then the Democrats would have no way of ever winning another election)

December 08 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Imagine using Ebay an getting this restriction after a won bid!

December 07 2010 at 11:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Imagine using Ebay an getting this restriction after a won bid!

December 07 2010 at 11:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Online business will shift to carriers not requiring this ID sn UPS will lose millions of dollars in a short time.

December 07 2010 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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brennemanbelkin

I won't buy from an on-line business that uses UPS. They won't deliver here, just hang a "Third notice" on the door and take off at the speed of light. If they can't mail it, I don't buy it.

December 08 2010 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Duane

Not a problem...bombers will use FedEx. They're quicker and cheaper anyway.

December 07 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply