Passports in Hot, Cold Water
By design and purpose, passports take a lot of beating. They get tossed into luggage haphazardly, manhandled by immigration officers wielding large stamps and sometimes jettisoned into a busy road in Tijuana (sorry, dear passport, I blame the tequila).
Now, we can add to the list of bad treatment the rinse and spin cycle.
In the past few weeks, we have received letters from two readers full of concern after they accidentally washed their beloved document with their dirty laundry. Would their passports have to wither and die on the clothing rack? they asked.
Not likely. Your passport could very well come out of this unfortunate situation smelling like Spring Rain. According to Steve Royster, a State Department spokesman, "A washed passport may continue to be used as long as the integrity of the document is not compromised. If the passport cover is separating, any of the data -- including the photograph -- are obscured, or if pages are torn or missing it is unusable."
Ergo, if your passport has not been compromised by Cheer, then you are good to travel the world. If, however, your face looks like it's been attacked by a giant bottle of bleach, then it's best to send it back and wait patiently for your new passport to arrive. You can spend your free time at home emptying out all of your pant pockets.
So tell us: Anyone else out there who put their passport through the spin cycle?
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