Problems arise for thousands of Americans hoping to fly without their passports this week, as an applications backlog continues to cause airport chaos.
The State Department was forced to permit fliers who were still waiting for their documents to access Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, but many passengers without alternative documentation – or flying elsewhere – have been left red-faced.
Only Americans who can produce their US Passport Application Status document, as well as an original or certified birth certificate and government-issued photo identification in lieu of their official documentation, can take to the skies between now and September.
“The easing of these requirements is good news, but even those who have proof of applying for a passport won’t be able to get on a plane to these destinations without their certified birth certificate,” explained Diana Meinhold, vice president for travel products and services at the Southern California Auto Club.
Contributed by J.Bevan