U.S. delays plan that could deter foreign visitors

The Bush administration has decided to postpone enforcement of new antiterrorism regulations that had threatened to block millions of Western Europeans and citizens of other developed nations from traveling to the United States unless they obtained new, computer-coded passports, according to senior administration officials.

The new passport rules, which were supposed to take effect Oct. 1 and which were mandated by Congress as an antiterrorism measure, will not be enforced until October 2004.