American Main Cabin Extra – 21
FAA Threatens To Jail & Fine Disruptive Passengers

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is threatening jail time and/or up to a $35,000 fine for passengers who misbehave on US flights, rather than just a warning. Is this an empty threat? FAA Administrator Steve Dickson yesterday signed an order…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
American Main Cabin Extra – 21
Air Marshals Busted For Smuggling Viagra

Nearly 20 years after 9/11 we still have federal air marshals in the US, even if the program is smaller than it used to be (there are now believed to be around 3,000 air marshals, and this program is costing taxpayers over $755 million in 2020). The…

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Clear Security – 2
CLEAR Offering Free Six Month Trial

There's a great opportunity to get a free six month trial of CLEAR. If you're a new customer, you can get a free six month trial of CLEAR if you sign up with promotion code HOLIDAY6M: You must sign-up by December 31, 2020, to take advantage of this In…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
Frontier Airlines Planes
US Finally Surpasses One Million Daily Air Travelers

It has finally happened -- the US has passed the one million daily air passenger threshold for the first time in seven months. Since the beginning of March, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has provided a fascinating daily snapshot of…

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Air Canada A320 Business Class – 4
More People Are Trying To Board Planes With Guns

Well this is kind of alarming... The Transportation Security Administration is seeing quite an increase in the number of people trying to bring guns through airport checkpoints. Specifically, in July 2020 firearms have been detected in carry-on bags…

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Global Entry
New Yorkers Can Once Again Enroll In Global Entry

Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security suspended Global Entry enrollments and renewals for New York residents, and that's now being undone. Earlier this year registration in Trusted Traveler Programs (including Global Entry, NEXUS, and…

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Jerry Remys Boston Airport – 1
US Passes 750K Daily Air Travelers Over July 4 Weekend

A few months ago demand for air travel began to plummet, as we've seen airlines cut capacity unlike ever before. During that time I've been keeping an eye on passenger numbers, as it's interesting to see how demand is evolving. The pace at which travel…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA, Travel
Tsa Checkpoint
TSA Agents Will No Longer Touch Your Boarding Pass

While COVID-19 is terrible news in just about every way, as a somewhat socially awkward introvert, there are some changes to the way we interact that I appreciate. For example, when I see people I know there's no longer the expectation of touching. I…

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Tsa Checkpoint
TSA Will Require Employees To Wear Face Masks

I'm a bit confused as to how this wasn't already a policy, but better late than never, I guess? The Transportation Security Administration is now requiring that all employees wear facial protection while at screening checkpoints. This new policy will…

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Qatar Airways 777
TSA Pre-Check: Everything You Need To Know (Plus How To Get It For Free)

While there are aspects of the US travel experience that are worse than ever before, there have also been some innovations in the past several years that have made air travel more pleasant. Specifically, TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry are among those.…

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Global Entry Kiosks
Global Entry Enrollment Suspended For New York Residents

I'll be curious to see how this plays out... Residents of the state of New York can no longer register for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI. Those who already have a membership can continue to use it, while new sign-ups…

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Vip One
VIP ONE: Skip Security Lines At JFK For $35

While airport security in the US has come a long way with TSA Pre-Check and CLEAR, there are still some airports that are worse than others. For example, some terminals at JFK pretty consistently have awful security wait times. While Terminal 5 & 8 are…

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Delta Skyclub Detroit – 39
Detroit Airport Now Lets Non-Passengers Clear Security

After 9/11 a lot of changes were made to airport security. One of those changes was that only ticketed passengers could clear security in the US, meaning that it’s generally no longer possible to clear security if you don’t have an outbound boarding…

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Tsa
TSA Backtracks On New Crew Uniform Restrictions

Yesterday I wrote about how over the weekend the TSA announced new restrictions for using their Known Crewmember checkpoints. Known Crewmember allows select airline crews to enter the sterile area of the airport without undergoing a security screening.…

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Known Crewmember
TSA’s New Restrictions For Flight Crew Security

After 9/11 we saw huge changes to airport security. Or perhaps most accurately, we saw a lot more theater around airport security, since virtually any test has shown how poorly the TSA performs with identifying prohibited items Over the past several…

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Avianca 787
Bogota Airport To Get US Pre-Clearance Facility

Many of you have probably heard of US pre-clearance facilities, available for US-bound flights at select airports around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Dublin, and Toronto, just to name a few. The idea is that you clear US immigration before boarding…

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Filed Under: AviancaTaca, Security/TSA
Security Worker
Airport Security Fired For Calling Passenger Ugly

What on earth is wrong with people? A Rochester Airport security worker has been fired following what she did earlier this summer. First of all it's worth clarifying that Rochester Airport doesn't use the TSA, but rather contracts out to another company,…

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Clear Security – 2
United Airlines & CLEAR Announce Awesome New Partnership

Woot! It looks like we can soon expect discounted or free CLEAR memberships for more people, and we can also expect CLEAR to expand to more US airports. I’m a huge fan of CLEAR, which I've now had for a couple of years. CLEAR is a service that can save…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA, United
Lagos Airport
Ingenious: Lagos Airport Getting A Fence

A couple of days ago I wrote about an incident that occurred at Lagos Airport, where a man climbed onto the wing of a plane just shortly before it was due to take off. The man allegedly brought a carry-on, which he decided to store in the engine, and…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
Avior Air A340
US Bans All Flights To & From Venezuela

Over the past several months we've seen a huge decrease in the number of nonstop flights between the US and Venezuela. The situation in Venezuela is simply awful, and airlines have largely pulled out of the country both due to safety concerns and also…

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Tsa 2
Everything You Need To Know About Getting An “SSSS” On Your Boarding Pass

Have you ever had an "SSSS" on your boarding pass when flying? Well, unfortunately at one point I became so accustomed to getting this that I figured I'd write a guide about what to expect. What does "SSSS" on a boarding pass mean? "SSSS" stands for…

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Priority Pass Tampa Airport – 1
Tampa Airport Now Lets You Clear Security When Not Flying

After 9/11 a lot of changes were made to airport security. One of those changes was that only ticketed passengers could clear security in the US, meaning that it’s generally no longer possible to clear security if you don’t have an outbound boarding…

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Clear Security – 2
CLEAR Increases Membership Costs For SkyMiles Members

I’m a huge fan of CLEAR, and have written about it quite a bit in the past. I signed up for it a couple of years ago, and it has saved me a significant amount of time. The benefit of being a CLEAR member is that instead of lining up to have your ID checked…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA