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A Couple Of Security Updates


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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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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Seven Basic Lessons for Surviving The Travel “Experience”

doofenschmirtz, red tape

As anyone reading this blog knows, air travel isn’t perfect. The problem is that there are several steps in the process of getting from here to there that can go wrong and, if any single link in the chain breaks, the whole thing could fall apart. Getting to the airport. Checking in. Getting through security. …

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The Cranky Edition

I’ve been on the road most of the past four weeks and I’m starting to feel it. Over the past week, I have been in three time zones, with a difference of 17 hours between last week and today. In other words, I’m tired and cranky. Apparently, Lines Are Long at Security… Well, it’s about …

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Citi offers a great AA bonus, but do you actually want the card?

I get a fair amount of questions about which cards are worth the bonus and which aren’t. It’s different for everyone, but here’s how I look at it. Last summer, Citibank made one of  the single-most boneheaded moves in the mileage world that I’ve ever seen from a financial services company: It offered an American …

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You can beat the long lines at security (but it may cost you)

In the Wall Street Journal today, travel columnist Scott McCartney wrote about American’s return to peak scheduling, where all the flights tend to come in during particular banks of times, as opposed to spacing them throughout the day.  By “banking” flights, American is making layovers shorter and connections more logical.  Mr. McCartney notes that it …

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