All posts tagged: TSA

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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Reducing Baggage Fees Still The Most Important Factors, According To Suitcase.com 2013 Travel Survey

Less is more according to Suitcase.com 2013 Travel Survey (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 Suitcase.com released the results of its annual travel survey and the outcome clearly shows that travelers continue to search for ways to lower baggage charges. According to the survey, 72% of the responders stated that baggage fees were an important factor when they selected an airline. Travelers are packing lighter as well. When planning for a weeklong vacation, 52% mentioned that they would only pack one bag ranging from 15-25lbs. Luggage consumers are undoubtedly looking towards convenience and portability over style. The survey showed that 68% of consumers choose Lightweight luggage wheeled luggage over a particular recognizable brand or luggage that comes with additional conveniences such as easy to identify colors, hard case or luggage with warranties. Two wheeled luggage is still the preferred carry on however 40% of responders preferred four wheeled spinner luggage. This was a significant increase over the 2012 survey. One of the most intriguing items the survey uncovered was the use of TSA approved locks where 53% of …

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Flying This Summer? You Might Want To Reconsider

I read this today and thought I’d pass it along to our readers. It’s from The Wall Street Journal and it makes me glad I’m not flying this summer! Some of it only applies to flying in the U.S. right now, but some of the changes are happening world-wide. It’s only a matter of time before all the other airlines follow suit so this is eventually going to apply to everyone. Happy travels.  Summer Air-Travel Survival Guide    By Scott McCartney [The Wall Street Journal] The forecast calls for heavy frustration with a 50% chance of innovation at U.S. airports this summer. Airport crowds are expected to be the largest in the U.S. since 2008. There’s already concern that budget cuts in Transportation Security Administration overtime will lead to longer security-screening lines. Atlanta’s airport said wait times from an apparent TSA staffing shortage stretched to 70 minutes on a recent Friday, and both the airport and Delta Air Lines are encouraging summer travelers in Atlanta to get to the airport two hours before departure. Frontier Airlines has joined …