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djdolphin
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blob8108 wrote:

It's weird to me how few of y'all in the US have passports.
In addition to Brian's point, the US is huge compared to European countries. You can travel several thousand kilometers in one direction and still be in the same country. Covering so much terrain, the climate of the US is extremely varied, so many Americans who can afford to travel do so domestically. You don't need a passport to cross state borders, so a lot of people just don't have one.

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bharvey
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djdolphin wrote:

You don't need a passport to cross state borders
… although these days you do need a TSA-approved driver's license or state ID card to do it in an airplane.

… and if you're a minor, you need a notarized letter of permission from the parent you aren't traveling with.

Last edited by bharvey (April 24, 2019 04:27:52)


cycomachead
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bharvey wrote:

s_federici wrote:

blob8108 wrote:

It's weird to me how few of y'all in the US have passports.
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He's reacting to people saying that the lack of a passport is an obstacle to attending SnapCon in Germany.

Bear in mind, Tim, that minors (which our gang mostly is) travel on their parent's passport. Those adults who can afford air fare typically do have passports, but that isn't everyone.

Minors can travel on your parents passports? I guess below a some particular age that seems obvious/necessary, but I definitely needed a passport to travel in high school.
bharvey
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cycomachead wrote:

Minors can travel on your parents passports? I guess below a some particular age that seems obvious/necessary, but I definitely needed a passport to travel in high school.
Huh, right you are. When I was a kid, kids could travel on a parent's passport up to, I think, age 16. Some such number. But it says here that's no longer the case. I think this is because they're worried about a noncustodial parent kidnapping the child and escaping to some other country. For a child to get a passport, both parents are supposed to come in person, or, second choice, bring a notarized consent form from the other parent, or a court-certified statement of sole custody. I hate the 21st Century.

Edit: I mean, they're right to take those steps, but I hate the necessity, which I think is new.

Last edited by bharvey (April 26, 2019 01:27:58)


blob8108
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Snap! Team development discussion, vol. 2

bharvey wrote:

Bear in mind, Tim, that minors (which our gang mostly is) travel on their parent's passport.
I'm pretty sure kids here as young as five even babies need a passport to fly, or leave the country.

Last edited by blob8108 (April 27, 2019 14:33:17)


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_nix
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djdolphin wrote:

blob8108 wrote:

It's weird to me how few of y'all in the US have passports.
In addition to Brian's point, the US is huge compared to European countries. You can travel several thousand kilometers in one direction and still be in the same country.
The same goes for Canada, too!

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bharvey
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_nix wrote:

The same goes for Canada, too!
Actually, speaking of Canada, the most direct route from Berkeley to Boston goes through a little piece of Canada, avoiding the detour around Lake Michigan, and you used to be able to do that without a passport but you can't now, so I bet a bunch of midwesterners have passports now.

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