Well, KLM and Lufthansa just got into the act. Like the U.S. carriers before them, these European cappers-come-lately have imposed pay limits to U.S. agents on international travel, $100 roundtrip, $50 one-way. Now I understand what Europeans mean when they complain about the suffocating American influence over there. EuroDisney, McDonald's on every corner, now commission caps.

A new U.S. passport was unveiled by the State Department that incorporates elements designed to prevent fraud, like digitized image of the passport holder and a distinctive hologram-like film on the photo page. The department will be implementing a variety of tests to see how well the new passport prevents fraud, such as issuing one to a teenage boy and seeing how long it takes him to wrangle a six-pack out of a misanthropic liquor store proprietor. (OK, they're not really doing that, but having been that teenage boy, I can recommend that particular testing method.)


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