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What’s New in the Western Hemisphere?

By Linda Tancs

It should come as no surprise that there’s a run on  passports these days.  Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, U.S. citizens traveling via air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda now need a passport.  For the time being at least, the passport is lauded as the best documentation of identity and citizenship.  But is it “hassle free”?  With the advent of the biometric (data encoded) passport, concerns are rampant that the passport holder’s identifying information is subject to hacking, giving rise to a cottage industry in anti-hacking devices.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes.


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