The Bush administration on Friday temporarily waived some of its new, post-Sept. 11 requirements for flying abroad, hoping to help irate summer travelers whose trips have been jeopardized by delays in processing their passports. The change would aid those fliers awaiting a U.S. passport to meet the new rule requiring one for travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
Until the end of September, travelers will be allowed to fly without a passport if they present a State Department receipt, showing they had applied for a passport, and government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license.
Too little, too fucking late, of course….since the people who rushed to apply for passports for travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda are the reason why there is now a 3 to 4 MONTH backlog on processing. So, great if you’re one of the people in the queue who is travelling to one of those places, but not so great if you’re going anywhere else, since you’re still going to have to wait through the backlog.
The Federal Government….”What can DUMB do for you?”