What we’re reading: TSOs join AGFE, travelers’ choice destinations, perfect way to board a plane


TSA grabs union contract

TSA screeners have formally agreed to a contract that makes them a part of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a public-sector union.

Under the new TSA contract, employees will win annual leave based not on their performance, but how long they’ve held on to the job. They’ll also be able to wear shorts when it’s hot, with the tab for the new wardrobe picked up by the taxpayers.

TripAdvisor names travelers’ choice destinations on the rise

TripAdvisor announced the winners of the 2012 Travelers’ Choice® Destinations on the Rise awards.

“These rising hotspots around the world are increasingly gaining the attention and admiration of travelers on TripAdvisor,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those looking to be inspired for vacation planning for 2013, these destinations offer remarkable places to eat, stay and play.”

Is there a perfect way to board a plane? Researchers say yes

With the number of travelers on the rise, researchers at the Curtin University and Beihang University in Beijing says that there is an optimal way to board a plane.

Under our current model of assigned seating, passengers at the front can reach their fastest possible boarding speed, but after that things slow down. The “optimal” system would categorize you by your luggage type, timeliness at the gate and other factors, and sort you into boarding order that way.