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Nov 12 2010 TSA Heat BY adminTAGS TSA

 

The Transportation Security Administration is getting a lot of grief these days...

Let's begin with pilots. Some aren't happy that they have to go through the new full body scanners. "According to a letter obtained by The Atlantic, Captain Dave Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,000 American Airlines pilots, has sent a letter to other pilots urging them to refuse a full-body scan on the grounds of radiation over-exposure and an invasion of privacy." Read more on this angle from PC Magazine.

The pilots association isn't the only one chiming in. "The International Air Transport Association, the U.S. Travel Association, the and British Airways have criticized the T.S.A., saying it adds intrusive and time-consuming layers of scrutiny at airport checkpoints, without effectively addressing legitimate security concerns." The New York Times has details.

Meanwhile, at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports, " Mary Gieser McCandless of Rogers couldn’t believe the aggressive pat downs of two women going through security at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.The women “were groped from their crotch down their inner thighs (two passes - not just one) and then again around their breasts - all around their breasts - in the middle, underneath, on top..."

In the meantime...

"A group of flight attendants is calling for a "pat-down opt-out day" on November 24th - the day before Thanksgiving – and one of the busiest travel days of the year..." Read more from KATU-TV. We could go on and on, but that's probably enough...for now.

 

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Nov 08 2010 Toner Beware BY adminTAGS TSA

 

The Transportation Security Administration has now banned "toner and ink cartridges over 16 ounces...on passenger aircraft in both carry-on bags and checked bags on domestic and international flights in-bound to the United States."

The moves comes  in the wake of the latest terrorist plot which involved bombs hidden in toner cartridges being shipped on cargo planes. The plot was discovered late last month before the bombs exploded.

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Oct 20 2010 Plane Living BY adminTAGS Misc.

 

"On a 55-acre chunk of property in the remote hills of Malibu, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, David Hertz Architects is putting the finishing touches on a house made out of an entire Boeing 747-200 aircraft. All 4,500,000 pieces."

Read the rest of the story from The Atlantic and Dornob.

 

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Oct 18 2010 Price Tag Put on Flight Delays BY adminTAGS FAA

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We don't know if the study is worth a grain of salt, but it makes for interesting reading:

"There is now a dollar amount to put on the collective rage of U.S. airline passengers over flight delays: $16.7 billion.That's the annual cost to fliers when planes don't run on time, according to researchers who delivered a report Monday to the Federal Aviation Administration detailing the economic price of domestic flight delays"

Read the rest of the story from the Washington Post.

 

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Oct 14 2010 Jet Fuel BY adminTAGS Airlines

 

Sometimes you read something that really puts things in perspective. That's the case with a story this week coming from the Associated Press:

"The Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said U.S. airlines with scheduled service paid an average of $2.22 per gallon in August. That compares with an average price of $2.21 in July, and $2.02 in August of 2009....A decade ago, airlines paid an average of 80 cents per gallon."

We added the emphasis. Read the rest of the story via Bloomberg.

 

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