Twelve years since Congress passed it, the Real ID Act is getting real. Two months before the new federal security rules take effect at U.S. airports, travel managers are finding lots of confusion. That’s why travel management companies are encouraging clients to spread the message about the potential impact. Conceived after 9/11 as a way to make state-issued IDs more secure, Real ID already covers entry into most federal facilities. Come Jan. 22, 2018, it will apply to commercial aviation.