TSA, CBP and the airlines — your pain means their profits

Both airlines and the government have been creating more and more misery with long lines and abysmal service and then charging fees for upgrades or to avoid the pain they have created. Have you found yourself in that situation.
By |March 20th, 2014|Today|0 Comments|

TSA’s improved Pre✓ lays bare serious TSA security flaws

Last week Ned Levi discussed the improvements to TSA's Pre✓ program, in which he participates, the new application system to become a Pre✓ member, how to apply, and how the program benefits travelers. This week he continues the discussion of Pre✓, its additional extensive improvement needs, and how it lays bare serious TSA security flaws.
By |February 3rd, 2014|Columns|21 Comments|

What we’re reading: Canada’s Wonderland, Precheck noted on boarding passes, Boeing board approves 777X

Canada's Wonderland opens, United pre-notifies Precheck eligible customers, Boeing approved to offer 777X

Ned’s TSA holiday tips: at the airport

Last week Ned Levi discussed tips for actions you can take at home to assist you in getting through TSA security in the airport. This week Ned discusses what to do to get through TSA security with as little angst and hassle as possible once you're at the airport.
By |December 10th, 2012|Columns|6 Comments|

The widening gulf between first and worst on airlines

Airlines are going out of their way to separate their top customers from the rabble that fills the back of their planes. In the old days, first-class passengers got bigger seats, full meals, free drinks and early boarding. They still do. But, now with new perks the differences are staggering.
By |September 21st, 2012|Today|50 Comments|

Is it too easy to lose the TSA’s “trust”?

TSA is moving forward with the PreCheck program and travelers are expected to flock to the trusted traveler systems. What happens when the TSA doesn't trust you? I could spell trouble.

Reduce your TSA and border control airport hassle with Global Entry

Ned Levi reports that for those who enroll in Global Entry, getting through CBP passport control and customs at Global Entry equipped airports is a breeze, and as TSA rolls out its "Precheck" program nationally, Global Entry members will find it far easier, and less time consuming to proceed through TSA airport security.
By |April 2nd, 2012|Columns|13 Comments|

Military to get modified TSA airport screening

President Obama signed a bill that will change the way the military are screened at airports by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The bill, H.R. 1801, is titled the "Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act." It, basically, directs the TSA to bring military personnel into its risk-based programs along with the frequent fliers and trusted travelers who are already covered.
By |January 5th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

Global Entry — worth every penny if you travel internationally, even domestically soon

Earlier this year, I signed up for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)Global Entry Program. I have traveled to Europe twice and Canada once since then and for me, it has already paid for itself. This is one government program that outdoes expectations.
By |October 28th, 2011|Today|27 Comments|