Tag Archive: tsa

Jun 16

A Couple Of Security Updates

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It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of the TSA. I’ve always considered much of what they do to be security theater*, which can create as many problems as it solves. It’s rare that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does anything to improve efficiency at the checkpoints, since it has no incentive …

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May 24

Airport Security Is About To Get Suckier

And it doesn’t even involve a laptop ban. In its infinite wisdom, the TSA is testing even more measures to make your travel experience miserable. Here are the details: Get Ready to Unpack…Everything   Because separating your liquids, gels, electronics, etc. just isn’t enough. The Wall Street Journal today that the TSA has been testing …

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Mar 20

Skip The Upcoming Sexual Harassment by Paying $85

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Hey, good news: The TSA is enhancing its security procedures! Okay, not good news. Getting Intimate with your TSO In the name of “airport consistency,” which seems diametrically opposed to its normal “planned inconsistency” policy, the TSA is consolidating its five funky search methods into a single, more “comprehensive,” one. In other words, be prepared …

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May 21

TSA Security Circus

A trip to the airport has become a circus. And I mean that quite literally, as airports go to ridiculous lengths to soothe patient travelers in lines that have no reason to exist. As you deal with what has clearly become an intentional a TSA work slowdown (work-to-rule) in the hopes of pumping up the …

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Oct 05

Travel Hacks 101 (One Could Save Your Marriage!)

Please bear with me over the next few days as I make some changes to the format of the blog to enhance readability. Thank you. I’ve never liked the term “travel hacking.” The word “hack” has become associated with illegal actions, and that’s not what I shoot for. So when I refer to it here, …

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Sep 07

Around the weird and wacky world…

I’ll pick back up where I left off (wherever that was) tomorrow, but I’m constantly amazed by some of the travel-related stories that I see. Here’s a few of the goodies: New TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger did a little self-congratulating, praising his agency for taking “swift action” by firing a TSO who was charged with …

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Oct 09

TSA pre-check: A Great Deal could get Better

In today’s Wall Street Journal, travel reporter Scott McCartney writes about TSA pre-check, the program that will get you a fast-pass through security lines at most airports.  I have written about it before, but I was surprised to learn that only about two million people have it.  There are a few different types of programs, …

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