Sequestration cancels Passport Day; storm cancels flights

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This Saturday, March 9, was supposed to be “Passport Day,” and annual event that allows people to go to passport-issuing government offices without an appointment to get their passport papers processed quickly – and without the usual $60 expedite fees.

But due to the budget sequestration, Department of State Passport Agencies will not be participating in this year’s Passport Day and will be closed on March 9.

If you were planning to participate in Passport Day, you still have some options: many non-Department of State Passport Acceptance Facilities, such as post offices, clerks of court and some libraries will still participate.

Check here  to see if there’s a participating acceptance facility near you.



And… airlines, airports and travelers are gearing up for another round of flights delays, disruptions and cancellations due to another storm.

This one is bearing down on the Northern Plains and some airlines are already urging passengers to change or cancel their flight plans for March 4-5 and offering travelers the ability to make one-time changes to reservations without incurring fees.

On Sunday, Delta was offering change-fee waivers to passengers flying to, from or through these cities:

Bismarck, N.D.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Fargo, N.D.
Grand Forks, N.D.
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Minot, N.D.
Moline, Ill.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Williston, N.D.

Here are links to weather-advisories posted Sunday evening for other airlines:

Air Canada

American Airlines

 United Airlines

US Airways

Virgin America