Monthly Archives: September 2014

Check Your Passport Before You Go

The U.S. Department of State is encouraging travelers to closely monitor the validity of their own and their family members’ passports. Many countries throughout the world require travelers’ passports to have at least six months’ validity at the time of entry. If a traveler’s passport does not meet this requirement, a traveler may be refused boarding by an airline at the point of departure or even while transferring planes in another country. Travelers could also be denied entry upon arrival in a foreign country.  Remember that passports issued to children under the age of 16 are valid for five years, while an adult passport is valid for 10 years.

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FAA: Chicago Airports Expected to Return to Normal Operations by Oct. 13

After an incident Friday that damaged communications equipment at a Chicago air traffic control center, airports throughout the city are still working to return to full capacity and the Federal Aviation Administration said it expects to complete repairs by Oct. 13. O’Hare International Airport saw 732 flight cancellations Sunday and was operating at 60% capacity, while about 75% of Midway’s flights operated, the FAA said.

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U.S. Seeks to Pre-clear More U.S.-Bound Travelers

The U.S. is looking to expand the number of inbound international travelers that clear customs and immigration before boarding their planes. Officials would like to pre-clear a third of all passengers; currently 18% are pre-cleared at facilities in 15 airports in Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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Chicago Flights Stopped Due to Fire at an FAA Facility

Thousands of people across the country were delayed this Friday morning as a fire closed a major air traffic control center in Chicago that directs air traffic across the Midwest. The fire seems to have been set intentionally by an employee, the reason is still unknown.

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Passport Kiosks Installed at Los Angeles Airport

Officials at Los Angeles International Airport say 40 new passport kiosks will help international arrivals more quickly clear customs. Travelers can use the machines to scan their passports, take their photos and make customs declarations, then print a receipt to take to a Customs and Border Protection officer.

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