Tuesday, April 26, 2011
New Passport Regulations May Ground Us Forever
Don't believe me? Check out the proposed new passport requirements: "Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any 'religious ceremony' around the time of birth; and a variety of other information," reports Consumer Traveler, which adds that only "some" citizens will have to fill out the questionnaire. Who of us counts as "some" is a complete and total mystery, as the State Department's proposed rule does not include a handy chart for determining which level of hell applicants must travel to in order to be able to go to Cancun for spring break. Consumer Traveler also reports that "the State Department estimated that the average respondent would be able to compile all this information in just 45 minutes."