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  •  We're used to showing our passports at the (2+ / 0-)
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    security checks and we always have them ready.
    This situation was different because we havenever had a problem printing out boarding passes at home after filling out the required identification info online (and making sure every single name, initial and number match up). It took us by surprise.
    Since we had bags to check anyway, I didn't make any difference in time spent. But if we were traveling only with carry-ons, it would have added a significant delay to the already lengthy time spent at the airport. Nowadays you need to get to Dulles (Washington D.C. international airport) 2 to 2 1/2 hours before your international flight. Sometimes it's all smooth and fast, other times each step can take a very long time.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 03:15:12 PM PDT

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    •  Never had a passport (2+ / 0-)
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      In the 1970s, before I was old enough to drive, we parked at one end of the bridge in El Paso, walked over (on my parents' drivers' licenses) and took a taxi to the dentist's office where my mom needed to go ($100 full sets of dentures, vs. $500 here in the states at the time).

      I went over on my military ID once, as did my kid brother. Used to you could catch a ferry at Lajitas or walk / drive over south of Edinburg, no problem. That was then, this is now....

      In the '80s we could get over with a TxDL and student ID with matching photos. The option for the 2nd set of Spanish classes' final exam was a weekend in CIudad Juarez...if you got back ok, you made an A.

      Now, I wonder if a TX DL and federal-issue VA photo ID would get me back over the bridge, and I doubt it. Maybe in Progreso; probably not in Juarez. I'm not going over in Laredo.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 03:50:05 PM PDT

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      •  Nope. Gotta have a special Passport for that. (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Need (1+ / 0-)
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        a passport or a border crossing card that is like a mini passport.  It is the size of a drivers license but it has a chip in it. I've heard that you can still get back in with a drivers license but they will make you wait for awhile and take you to secondary to grill you and check everything out.

        "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

        by Kevskos on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 10:46:25 PM PDT

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      •  I hitchhiked from St. Louis into Mexico (0+ / 0-)

        when I was 21. We hitchhiked around Mexico. Then I came back by bus and crossed the border back into the U.S. at Laredo with just a driver's license. That was in 1969.
        Things have really changed....

        While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

        by Tamar on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 05:37:45 AM PDT

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