Wondering if anyone has any experiences with dealing with a lost passport while abroad? My husband has misplaced his US passport while in Germany on business. His office in Germany is not near a US consulate, and he is due to fly back on Friday. We're hoping it will turn up, but in case it doesn't, is the only way to get him back to the US to have him make his way to the consulate 250km away to get a new one? What would they do if his bag was lost on the way to the airport to get home? I know that in the US they will let you fly without ID if you can answer questions for TSA, if he has his US Driver's license and the copy of his passport info page, will they repatriate him?
And yes, I know that the only way to get official answers to this question is to call the consulate, but a) all the German offices are closed at the moment, and b) I don't want to call the US State Department until he's sure it's lost. I'll deal with official channels tomorrow, right now I'm wondering if anyone has personal experiences. I promise not to rely on any answers given anonymously on the internet. :)
Thanks in advance.