U.S. passport

A new law that went into effect January 2007 requiring U.S. citizens flying to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean to carry a passport caused a massive backlog in unprocessed passport applications. Travelers had to wait as long as 10 to 12 weeks, twice the usual wait, to receive their passports.

( Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times )

A new law that went into effect January 2007 requiring U.S. citizens flying to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean to carry a passport caused a massive backlog in unprocessed passport applications. Travelers had to wait as long as 10 to 12 weeks, twice the usual wait, to receive their passports.

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