Category Archives: Government

U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning to China, Urging ‘Increased Caution’

The U.S. State Department on Thursday updated its China travel warning, telling Americans to “exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals.” Continue reading U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning to China, Urging ‘Increased Caution’

TSA Expands PreCheck to Five New Airlines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that five new airlines will be added to the list of approved PreCheck carriers.

The new airlines are Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and World Atlantic. With the additions, the TSA has now approved 47 total carriers for its PreCheck program.

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U.S. Passports Will Cost More Starting This April

Starting this spring, getting a passport will cost $10 more for all U.S. travelers.

The Department of State announced this week that the passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, which means that adult passport books will now cost $145, up from $135, while child passports (aged 16-years-old and young) will now cost $115, up from $105.

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Airlines, Customs, and Immigration Fee Hikes on the Agenda for U.S. Travel

President Trump released his proposed budget this week, a plan that included raising Transportation Security Administration fees for one-way tickets starting this spring.

The proposal calls for TSA fees, which mostly go toward airport operations, to go up $1, from $5.50 to $6.50, starting on Oct. 1. The proposed budget would then raise the fees again to $8.25 starting in 2020.

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U.S. Customs Pushes Biometric Facial Recognition Technology as Cure for Airport Bottlenecks

Biometric facial recognition could soon replace the traditional way of processing passengers at dozens of airports around the U.S., with the potential of drastically cutting red tape at checkpoints, according to John Wagner, deputy executive assistant commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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