Thursday, June 07, 2007

Red Tape, Long Lines -- Have a Nice Vacation!

Just what you need right before vacation -- long lines, red tape, and a sudden panic that your vacation is going down the drains because of government bureaucracy.

Last year, the federal government issued 7-million passports. They expect to double that this year -- and that's creating problems for American travelers.

New rules require anyone leaving the US to have a valid US passport to come back. That's got State Department phone lines jammed and long lines waiting outside passport offices as vacationers scramble to get their papers before their planned trips.

Special teams have been dispatched to several major US cities to handle the backlog of requests. Requests for passports are up 50% in some parts of the country. (NYT)

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