These are confusing times for airline passengers when it comes to TSA. The government has made announcements and then backtracked twice in recent days. Can’t they make up their minds?
Another cruise passenger goes overboard without new safety precautions. TSA makes a mistake, then humiliates the suspect and finally apologizes. Mondays are the worst day to fly.
This is a cautionary tale. My Lenovo ThinkPad computer is old—at least old in laptop computer terms—plus, it’s big, heavy, and clunky. But, it disappeared from a TSA checkpoint. Partially, thanks to TSA, of course.
The European keycard power conundrum If you have ever traveled in Europe and some parts of Canada, you have come across this issue. The key card that lets visitors into their room must be slid into a slot to provide power to the room. For anyone who thought they had plugged a computer in to […]
“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 […]
This past week in Ferguson, Missouri, next to St. Louis, violence has erupted after an unarmed person of color was shot and killed by a policeman. The ensuing riots and uproar have fixated the nation on a problem that has been brewing for years. It is brewing near your communities — the connection between the […]
Let’s face it, TSA’s PreCheck program is an attempt to move back to the days before 9/11 of a simpler, easier, faster way through airport security. The goal, according to John Pistole, TSA Administrator, is to have more and more lanes devoted to PreCheck, so more customers can experience the expedited screening process. The big […]
Ron Hall thinks airport security is a farce, and I think he may be on to something. On a recent flight from Dallas to Chicago, he tangoed with the TSA at a checkpoint, with frustrating results. His takeaway: This is a circus, this thing we call security. Hall’s experience (OK, he didn’t actually dance, but […]
Today’s the day when airfares will increase, thanks to a jump in the 9/11 Security Fee from $2.50 per segment with a cap of $5 for one-way trips and $10 for round-trips, to $5.60 for a one-way regardless of the number of stops and an elimination of the cap on round-trip airfares. Consumers banded together […]
Last week I wrote about “5 rules for packing checked luggage defensively.” The rules are necessitated by woeful liability limits, set by governments, for luggage lost or damaged by the airlines. The liability issue is further exacerbated on US domestic flights by the airlines eliminating their liability, as per their contracts of carriage, on breakables, […]