Reviewing air travel security: FAA, passengers, TSA

Recently, there have been events through which we should evaluate air travel security, including TSA airport security. I’ve stated this before. Since 9/11, the two most important improvements in air travel security have been strengthened cockpit doors and passengers’ increased willingness to act to prevent terrorism on their flights. Neither of these security improvements are […]

Newsletter – March 15, 2015

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler/Travelers United weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. A week in review: 12 tips on how to save when traveling, Dancing (illegal) drones, Rental car vs driver, Lost luggage, Tips when booking lodging and Hacking the FAA Think you are a savvy travel shopper? This week […]

GAO: US air traffic control system vulnerable to terrorist attack

Mercenaries set up a covert base of operations in a church near Dulles International Airport. From the church they hack into Dulles’ air traffic control systems, cutting off communication to the planes, and seizing control of all airport flight systems. They’re out to rescue a drug lord being extradited to the US. If that sounds […]

Unleashing the world of unmanned aircraft systems responsibly

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are coming. They are already here. The only problem is that your government seems to be surprised by them. The industry has been growing exponentially, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had its head in the sand. We are not ready for this technology and our regulatory minds are […]

Hacking the ATC system, US hotel prices climb, refreshed United clubs

There are ‘significant security weaknesses’ in the FAA’s air traffic control system The nation’s system that guides airplanes are in danger of being hacked, according to a government watchdog report. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from cyber-based threats, but “significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the […]