All posts tagged: Transportation Security Administration

The TSA Laughs At Your Naked Body And Does Not Stop Terrorists (from Jalopnik)

Interesting information and links from Jalopnik… PATRICK GEORGE on JALOPNIK If you somehow need more proof that the Transportation Security Administration is an expensive, invasive joke of a federal agency that does not actually thwart airline terrorism, then writer and former TSA screener Jason Edward Harrington is happy to give you some. Writing in Politico Magazine, Harrington details the three ludicrous years he spent working for the TSA at Chicago O’Hare International Airport which included, in his words, “patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show.” The worst part, he says, is many of the TSA agents themselves feel that the agency creates mistrust with citizens and is a waste of public money. Here are some of the great examples of how Harrington and his blue-shirted pals kept us safe in the skies: Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group—a …

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“LugLess” on your next trip when you travel without the baggage!

In a world where air travel is seeing a tightening of the baggage belt, travellers are considering their options … and if they’re not … they should be. Did you know that in 2012 airlines earned $6 BILLION in fees for everything from switched and cancelled flights to baggage?!? Last week on Shark Tank “LugLess” was on the block for bidding. None of the sharks took the bait, but the company caught our attention and we thought we’d share the concept with you. These days most travellers are incurring baggage costs of some sort. Whether it’s oversized, overweight or not included, we’ve found it’s pretty rare to escape extra fees of some sort unless you’re travelling internationally, have a bag included and pack smart. With airlines cracking down on baggage weights and sizes, travellers are left with few options for getting their gear to their destination. You either put up, shut up and pay the fees, or