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The Travel Outfit That Will Let You Breeze Through Airport Security

The Travel Outfit That Will Let You Breeze Through Airport Security Oct 30th, 2012 at 1:00PM: After years of fine-tuning, I may have just mastered the art of dressing for airport security. It wasn't easy, mind you. For many years, my travel uniform consisted of jeans, a belt, a white T-shirt and sneakers. But my belt would always set off the alarm, my sneakers were cumbersome to slip off and my jeans made it difficult to get comfortable once I was onboard. Not to mention the stains...

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports, But Some Will Remain

TSA Removes X-Ray Body Scanners From Major Airports, But Some Will Remain Oct 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: For all those who are against having to go through X-ray body scanners at airport security, you'll be happy to know some are now being removed. During the past few weeks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been quietly switching them out for safer radiation machines. While the main goal of the change is to speed up the lines at security checkpoints in major airports, the...

New Art Exhibition Features 'Banned Booty' Confiscated From Airport Security Checkpoints

New Art Exhibition Features 'Banned Booty' Confiscated From Airport Security Checkpoints Oct 9th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Ever wonder what happens to the tweezers, sewing scissors and Swiss Army Knives abandoned by hapless travelers at airport security? While most probably ended up in the landfill, some contraband nail clippers have received a second life through a new contemporary art exhibit from California artist Steve Maloney. The exhibit, called "Banned Booty - Palm Springs Checkpoint," opens October 18 at...

Behind The Scenes At Miami International Airport, Tonight

Behind The Scenes At Miami International Airport, Tonight Oct 2nd, 2012 at 3:00PM: Travelers passing through Miami International Airport (MIA) most commonly are concerned about luggage, customs, security and making connections. Given the time, they might linger at an airport store in the mall-like shopping areas, have something to eat, work or just relax before a flight. But behind the scenes, an army of MIA workers handles situations travelers may never hear about from...

Best Anti-Drug Poster Ever Found In Santander, Spain

Best Anti-Drug Poster Ever Found In Santander, Spain Oct 1st, 2012 at 12:00PM: I was at my local Sanidad Exterior here in Santander, Spain, getting some medicine for an upcoming trip when I spotted this wonderful poster. It reads: "If you bring drugs aboard the plane they'll cook you lobster and the captain will let you fly." The next line reads: "If you believe that taking drugs is the solution to your problems you'll believe anything." This brightened up an...

Fake Pilot Arrested After Flying Across Europe

Fake Pilot Arrested After Flying Across Europe Sep 23rd, 2012 at 3:00PM: Police in Italy have arrested a man for impersonating a pilot and fooling the crew and ground staff into letting him into the cockpit of a European flight, the BBC reports. A man managed to pose as a pilot using a uniform and fake ID and fly in the cockpit of an Air Dolomiti flight from Munich to Turin on April 6. Reportedly he flew as a "third pilot" and did not touch the controls. Police,...

Virgin America Elevates Car Service, On Demand

Virgin America Elevates Car Service, On Demand Sep 17th, 2012 at 4:00PM: As loyalty rewards go, Virgin America's Elevate frequent flier program has been on the cutting edge since its inception. Virgin America was among the first U.S. loyalty programs to offer guests the ability to redeem reward points for any unsold seat, on any flight, at any time. Now, Elevate has partnered with Uber, the on-demand personal transportation company, to offer members the ability to...

New Airport Entertainment Options Coming Soon Via Wi-Fi

New Airport Entertainment Options Coming Soon Via Wi-Fi Sep 16th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Airport entertainment options run the gambit from TV monitors hanging around here and there to the magazine racks of gift shops. In Singapore, travelers killing time between flights can go for a swim. In Orlando, kids can visit a huge Disney store. Starting this fall at Raleigh-Durham airport, ClearVision arrives as a new video diversion for travelers. A product from Clear Channel...

Airline Mini-Liquor Bottle Theft Ring Busted At JFK Airport

Sep 13th, 2012 at 6:00AM: Holy national security, Batman! A nine-month investigation, known cryptically as "Operation Last Call," has resulted in the arrest of 18 JFK Airport employees, including three security guards, according to CNN. The employees were apprehended Wednesday, after being accused of stealing "more than 100,000 mini-bottles of alcohol from LSG Sky chefs, which provides food and beverages for American...

11-Year-Old Boards International Flight Without Passport Or Ticket

Jul 27th, 2012 at 4:00PM: <p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://video.news.com.au/2260488703/Investigation-into-ticketless-boy" href="http://video.news.com.au/2260488703/Investigation-into-ticketless-boy">VIDEO: Investigation into ticketless boy</a></p> With all the security and red tape most travelers endure at the airport, it's...

Liquids Surrendered At Airport Security: Is There An Afterlife?

Liquids Surrendered At Airport Security: Is There An Afterlife? Jul 11th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Ever looked at the mountain of liquids (or, in my case, that luscious, unopened jar of dulce de leche, and countless yogurts) accumulated at airport security and wondered where they end up? Yeah, me too. I've always hoped they go to charity and the water bottles recycled, because I have a bit of an idealist streak beneath my jaded exterior. Our friend Andy Bender over at Forbes helped get to...

Rude US Customs Officials: How Not To Welcome People To The United States

Rude US Customs Officials: How Not To Welcome People To The United States May 23rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Some people should not be allowed to wear a uniform. While flying from Spain to the U.S. to attend the Gadling annual team summit, I touched down first at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. I got into line at U.S. Customs to enter the country. The line was in a huge room with a row of bulletproof glass booths manned by U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials checking passports and...

Instead Of Passport Stamps, Let's Collect ICTS Stickers

Instead Of Passport Stamps, Let's Collect ICTS Stickers Apr 3rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: There's this nagging question that keeps coming up every time I read an interview with a travel writer or person who spends a great deal of time on the road, and frankly it's starting to bother me: "How many countries have you been to?" The problem with that question is, visiting a country is different for every person. Some people are there for business; some are there for pleasure. Some step...

TSA PreCheck program to be expanded, details sketchy

TSA PreCheck program to be expanded, details sketchy Feb 9th, 2012 at 3:30PM: The TSA PreCheck program being piloted by The Transportation Security Administration is expanding and will allow some passengers to go through pre-screening then make it through security checkpoints faster at many more airports in 2012. The exact benefits of the program, however, are difficult to define. "We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline...

Man detained in Cayenne, French Guiana airport for having hummingbirds in his pants

Man detained in Cayenne, French Guiana airport for having hummingbirds in his pants Oct 2nd, 2011 at 5:30PM: A Dutch man was detained at Rochambeau airport in Cayenne in French Guiana for attempting to smuggle over a dozen live hummingbirds out of the country. The passenger was apparently acting suspicious and searched by authorities. According to Jeanna Cullinan of insightcrime.org, each of the tiny birds were wrapped in cloth to keep them still, and then placed into pouches that were located above the...

TSA workers are blaming body scanners for cancer; D.C. public interest group calls for independent reviews

TSA workers are blaming body scanners for cancer; D.C. public interest group calls for independent reviews Jul 1st, 2011 at 2:30PM: Workers for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from locations around the country are reporting higher-than-usual rates of cancer, strokes and heart disease amongst employees who work on or near new full-body scanners. The Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. recently obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act that shows TSA employees at Boston's...

Does your passport photo still look like you?

Does your passport photo still look like you? Jun 4th, 2011 at 4:00PM: My boyfriend got his current passport on his 17th birthday. Now on the verge of his 27th year, the picture inside barely resembles him. He changed and grew as stamps were added, but his passport photo remained the same. His shaggy, teenage hair has morphed into a more clean cut look, and these days his face is looking a little less tan and a little more grown up. But somehow, customs agents...

TSA 'Behavioral Officers' look for the obvious

TSA 'Behavioral Officers' look for the obvious Apr 27th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Our pals over at AOL Travel are reporting that the TSA has "behavioral indicator officers" who attempt to observe people in security lines to determine if anyone is a security risk. So, if you still think that it's funny to make bomb jokes while waiting to pass through the x-ray machine, you might want to start working on some new material. The TSA, meanwhile, might want to consider that travel,...

Travel group promoting Trusted Traveler Program

Travel group promoting Trusted Traveler Program Apr 25th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Should frequent flyers and business travelers get through airports faster than everybody else? Yes! says the U.S. Travel Association who is trying to convince lawmakers that big airport users need special attention. "Travelers encounter much hassle at our nation's airports, and it's time for Congress to act," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "A one size fits...

Echo chainsaw commercial shows TSA at their worst

Apr 19th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Echo power tools has a new television ad for their chainsaws that takes some liberties - though some would say not many - with the intimacy of TSA pat downs. The comical commercial features a man passing through airport security being subjected to a fairly aggressive, yet thorough, pat down of his crotch. Meanwhile, inattentive agents allow his chainsaw to pass through the X-ray machine...

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