SINCE OUR SUMMER travel plans could include a visit to an American theme park, we are happy to learn that mule drivers have to have background checks. CNN reports a "federal anti-terror law that requires longshoremen, truckers and others to submit to criminal background checks has ensnared another class of transportation worker -- mule drivers." These mule skinners, seasonal workers who dress in colonial garb at Hugh Moore Historical Park in Easton, Pennsylvania, near the family home, must apply for biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), according to the Transportation Security Administration, which says it is bound by federal law. The Hugh Moore Historical Park has one boat, pulled by two mules capable of speeds of up to two miles per hour. According to Google Maps, the park's two-mile canal does not pass any military bases, nuclear power plants or other sensitive facilities.
Mike Ahlers -- "TSA: Mule skinners need background checks, too"