Four-Month Passport Delays, UK Airport Dropping Liquids Rule & Best Flight Search Engines

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Passport delays are finally over, so you can get your new passport in about 8 weeks.
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our research to share the best travel tips, tricks, and news with you. Here are the articles for Monday, April 10, 2023, that we think you should read.

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London City Airport Becomes First Major U.K. Airport to Drop Liquid Carry-on Rule.

Typically, once a security measure is put in place, it never goes away. We’ve been limited to 3 ounces (100 milliliters) for about two decades, and this rule constantly slows down airport security without any major news of stopping potential terrorism. Mostly, it’s inexperienced or forgetful travelers who bring too much shampoo in their carry-on. It will be interesting to see how other airports react to this news and if they start to change their rules.

U.S. State Department Warns of 4-Month Delays for Passport Renewal.

Concerning news for people who want to travel internationally this year. My son’s passport is expiring next month, and I’m afraid we won’t be able to travel internationally due to the processing backlog. Just finding appointments to apply for his passport was a challenge. In the Nashville area, there was nothing available at any U.S. Post Office for the next two months. Luckily, we found an opening at a local county office in early May. We’re going to pay for expedited handling & shipping to speed up the process as much as possible.

Passport and boarding pass by Global Residence Index on Unsplash
Passport and boarding pass. Photo by Global Residence Index on Unsplash.

TSA and Clear to launch a single application for both programs.

This is a huge win for travelers. Signing up for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry can be a pain sometimes, but the TSA has made many adjustments to enrollment to make it easier. Travelers can do their interviews at airports, Staples, and many other qualified enrollment centers. Obviously, travelers signing up for Clear favor convenience. It makes sense to be able to apply for both programs simultaneously. They haven’t announced pricing. However, it will be interesting to see what incentives may be offered to sign up for both. Learn more about the differences between Clear vs. TSA PreCheck vs Global Entry.

5 Best Flight Search Engines for Finding the Cheapest Flights.

We typically use airline miles to book our flights and use (affiliate link) to search for the best award flight options. However, if you’re not using miles and points, finding the cheapest flights is critical to stretch your vacation budget. Comparing options between different airlines is simple with these flight search engines. Listen to my podcast interview with Spencer Howard about how to save money on flights.

9 Mesmerizing Indoor Gardens Around the World.

Most people think about outdoor gardens when looking for beautiful trees and flowers. However, these indoor gardens are just as beautiful… and are far more creative since they don’t have the same benefits of being outdoors. One of them is even located inside an airport! While I normally hit the airport lounge, I’d rather stroll through the gardens and enjoy the plants and waterfalls.

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