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Is the TSA killing us?

With the holidays in full swing, it’s shaping up to be one of the busiest travel seasons. However, it could also be one of the deadliest, as more and more travelers drive to their destination rather than fly.

But this increase in car travel may not be a good thing, as Charles Kenny of Businessweek argues. He says the increase in road travel leads to higher traffic fatalities — and he lays the blame, in part, at the feet of the Transportation Security Administration.

There is lethal collateral damage associated with all this spending on airline security — namely, the inconvenience of air travel is pushing more people onto the roads. Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist.

Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry opens new chill-out zones with big screen TVs and an ‘adult slide’

Going to the airport and waiting for your flight may not rank as the most fun you can have. However, an airport in France aims to change all that.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry has opened up four new “living spaces” in the airport — which feature big screen TVs and a slide for grown-ups — to help passengers unwind.

The Vue sur Piste area is a 110 sq. m space in Le Square retail centre, where passengers can relax in comfortable lounge seats while watching planes’ movements on the tarmac.

Senate bill reviewing baggage scans for international travel passes

A Senate bill passed recently may make it easier for travelers to check their bags through on international flights.

The No-Hassle Flying Act, introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), would allow the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to determine whether checked baggage on a flight originating at an airport outside the United States must be re-screened in the United States before it can continue on any additional flights if the baggage has already been screened in the foreign airport.

Why are hotel rooms so expensive?

Ever wonder why hotel rooms are so expensive compared to ordinary housing?

But one place to start is taxes. Local tax codes tend to treat homeowners relatively favorably. There are some ideological and substantive reasons for this, and also crass politics. Homeowners, as a class, are more likely to be stable long-term members of their community who vote in city council elections.