About That Passport Requirement…One More Year

David Simmonds

In one of the least surprising news stories of the day, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the State Department announced that it will be another year (June 2009) before the new ID requirement takes affect for border crossers. They must be a little backed up working on that border fence that will never get built, or perhaps brainstorming something akin to having all plane passengers remove their shoes before boarding. That one was inspired genius.

 Evidently there is something called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (rumors of Dr. Strangelove being involved are highly exaggerated), that, when fully enacted, will make us all a lot safer…or is it paranoid? I wonder if the delay has anything to do with the timing of the  presidential election next fall. You know, not wanting one more inconvenience to be layed on the $3.50 a gallon voting public shortly before going to the polls. No, that would be way too cynical a thought. Forget I said that.

Anyway, read all about it here http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23834411. It’s late and I need to go wash my socks for my next flight.