It was announced today that the Bush administration signed a proposal which would temporarily suspend some of the post-9/11 requirements for flying to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. This decision was made to appease both Congress and American travelers, irate over the overlong delays in securing passports.
The State Department was experiencing three month delays in processing the passport requests of Americans wishing to travel internationally this summer.
The suspension, which will be carried out until the end of September, is meant to appease angry travelers whose travel plans would otherwise be ruined with these delays. Those without passports will be required to present their State Department receipts, proof that they have applied for a passport, and government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license. Those without a receipt will not be permitted to travel.
Moreover, those travelers using their State Department receipts will undergo more rigorous security measures than those in possession of valid passports.
All in all, however, I believe that the suspension of passport requirements for Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be welcomed. To read the full article, click here.