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As of October 15th, the U.S. Department of Transportation is prohibiting anyone from bringing any Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices on a commercial air transport.  This means any of these devices cannot be taken on board any commercial aircraft, either on your person, in a carry-on or checked bag.  If you would like more information, you can visit the DOT website by clicking here.  Also many airlines are no longer allowing hoverboards or any lithium powered self-balancing personal transportation devices on board the aircraft.



Beginning November 1st, 2016, customers applying for their U.S. passport or U.S visa or renewing their U.S. passport must remove glasses for their photo.

Last year, more than 200,000 U.S. passport customers submitted poor quality photos which could not be accepted.  The #1 problem was glasses.  Their passport applications were put on hold because they could not be clearly identified them from their photo.  Many U.S. visa applications have been delayed due to the same problem.

If your photo in your unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. visa has glasses, don’t worry about it.  You don’t have to get a passport or visa now. Next time you renew your passport or apply for a new visa, though, you’ll have to take your glasses off.

To learn more about this new rule, go the U.S. State Department website by clicking here.

*If you must wear eye glasses for medical reasons, you’ll need to obtain and submit a signed statement with your U.S. passport or U.S. visa application from a medical professional or health practitioner.

For more information please contact us at 800-285-1133 (513-530-3133) or via email.


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