January 4, 2006
A reminder from AAA that many airline passengers without passports may soon be left stranded: Starting January 23rd the State Department will require all air passengers traveling to destinations in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America to present a valid passport to reenter the United States.
"The best bet is to get a passport. They are good for 10 years if you are an adult, five years if under 16 and it will save a lot of heartache. It’s easier to get through any customs line if you have a passport," said Julie Arbelaez, owner of Peace Frog Travel.
It normally takes six to eight weeks to obtain a passport, but if you are willing to pay for it, you can receive a passport in one day.