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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 […]


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 […]


What are you thinking TSA?

December 23, 2014 — a Delta Air Lines baggage handler at Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport was arrested and charged with smuggling guns past checkpoints to an accomplice, a former Delta Airlines employee, also arrested, who flew them in carry-on bags to New York’s JFK International Airport. January 13, 2015, — a Federal Aviation Administration safety […]


Air travel security: guns, explosives, and hidden weapons

Have you been in a TSA airport security line when a TSA agent discovers a passenger trying to bring a gun or other weapon through security? Have you been delayed while every TSO’s (Transportation Security Officer) attention, at the checkpoint, is drawn to the passenger with the gun or other weapon, bringing your security line […]


Is Marriott’s Wi-Fi hotspot U-turn a hollow victory?

As I reported last month in my column, “Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI” Marriott, with the support of the American Hospitality & Lodging Association, has been fighting with the FCC over how hotels should be permitted to manage their Wi-Fi Internet access. Marriott, for reasons I will discuss below, […]


Sunday musings: TSA Genius video, knowing travel rights, travel fees to avoid

“TSA Genius” — A look into an Al Qaeda meeting TSA security, the part of travel that well all seem to dislike, is spoofed in this Comedy Central skit about an Al Qaeda meeting in a cave. The participants come up with idea after idea about ways to bring down a plane but, in the […]


Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

I’ve stayed at hotels that charge $20/day or more for high speed Internet access, charge extra to connect more than two devices per room, and had high speed Internet in name only, unless you paid an extra fee for “real” high speed. To eliminate those issues I use a personal cellular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot (MIFI). […]


10 annoying airport traveler peeves

Travel, especially for air travelers, is already stressful enough, considering our interactions with customs, immigration, TSA, and the airlines, without other travelers adding to it. Unfortunately, it’s rarely possible to escape the thoughtlessness and craziness of fellow travelers at airports. Here are my top 10 airport peeves regarding travelers who make the airport experience worse […]


Sunday musings: Corvette’s illegal recordings, Air rage, slow electric-car sales

GM warns Chevrolet Corvette spy feature may break law http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/09/28/gm-chevrolet-corvette-valet-mode-spying/16336573/ GM has apparently discovered that secret recordings are illegal in many states. A notice to dealers explaining the problem was posted last week on CorvetteForum.com, a website for Corvette owners. It says GM is working on a software update, due next month, that should take […]


Wireless safety tips for travelers

by Jillian Ryan, Private WiFi’s Director, Content and Social Media Strategy. Warning: There is an invisible security threat that you will encounter on your next vacation. No matter where you are going or when, you will likely encounter WiFi on your journey. While the convenience of such a connection is alluring to any vacationer, understanding […]