Bag With Passport Applications Headed To Charlotte Is Found

December 27, 2006

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bag with hundreds of passport applications was found at Los Angeles International Airport, nearly after a month after it was supposed to be shipped to a processing center in Charlotte, N.C.

"The applications appear to be intact and undamaged," said Kate Goggin, spokeswoman for consular affairs at the U.S. State Department.

The bag with more than 700 applications was reported missing Dec. 1. Most applications were from Texas and California but a handful were from Utah.

Before the bag was found, the State Department had notified people that it would pay for another round of applications.

The documents had personal information, including Social Security numbers. Goggin said she was unaware of any reports of identity theft.

"We're feeling very much that it was an isolated incident," she said, declining to disclose how the bag was found or what changes the department plans to make to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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