More Posts On: Safety and Security

Why We Should Stop Using the Word Terrorist

As ridiculous as this may sound, people are affected by the use of certain words. For example, announcements by pilots aboard the airplanes of certain airlines over the years have switched from using the word turbulence — which causes a reaction of fear in some people — to the term rough air, which is perceived to sound less threatening.

Despite the fact that a person has a substantially greater chance of being killed…

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No Expansion of Restrictions on Electronics to Include Europe — For Now

“Seems like the conclusion is no ban but other changes may occur (I can assume we will see more aggressive gate screening of electronics)” is what FlyerTalk member NickP 1K posted — along with a link to this article from BBC News.

“US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe”, according to…

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Electronics Ban Threat is Part of Highly Classified Information Revealed by Trump to Foreign Minister and Ambassador of Russia

As frequent travelers await what is rumored to be an imminent ban on most electronic devices in passenger cabins aboard airplanes operating on flights from undisclosed airports in Europe to the United States, amongst the information which Donald Trump — who is the current president of the United States — allegedly revealed to two representatives of the Russian government is highly classified information from an unidentified partner who is a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

That information is supposedly what prompted the ban on electronics currently in effect on approximately 50 flights to the United States from ten airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“Trump welcomed…

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Hazing on Rape Table By Customs and Border Agents at Newark Airport

Allegations of years of extreme hazing rituals by veteran agents of the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency of fellow agents with a lesser tenure — who were subjected to being sexually abused and included being restrained by duct tape to what is being called a “rape table” in a secure room in Terminal C at Newark International Airport — are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States.

The “rape table” is…

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Imagine Airport Security Being Like This One Day…

You arrive at the security checkpoint at an airport, and food, liquids and paper are all screened separately. You must remove your shoes and all metal objects prior to being screened. You are not permitted to take any electronic equipment — including cameras — aboard an airplane, as those items must be checked. You will have to wait in a long line when you reach immigration and passport control at your destination and pay a minimum of $160.00 for your visa.

Yes, some portions of the scenario you just read do exist today and can…

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The One Minor Negative Aspect of the Schengen Area of Europe

After the long journey from Atlanta and the airplane landed and pulled into the gate, I was processed through the Passport Control area at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; and I was asked a couple of questions after waiting in line for approximately 20 minutes — such as whether the travel was business or leisure.

I did not mind waiting in line as I had some time before the airplane is scheduled to depart on its flight to Helsinki; and once the passport control agent was satisfied with my answers to his questions, he stamped my passport and I was on my way to the gate with a few minutes to spare.

The problem is that…

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Loaded Handgun Passed Through Airport Security Checkpoint; Agent Fired

A woman was fired from her job as an agent for the Transportation Security Administration at the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area after she missed a loaded .38-caliber handgun which was in the possession of a female passenger from Alabama and passed through the airport security checkpoint on…

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In Defense of Not Defending the Electronics Ban

“We have seen successful airplane bombings recently with the downing of the Russian airliner over the Sinai and the attempted downing of the Somali airliner that could have succeeded if the bomber knew enough to get a seat next to a structural member instead of the aluminum skin. In both instances, it was found that the bomber had help from the local ground staff or security. So we hear that Al Qaeda is working on a manually-detonated electronics-based bomb. Why would we poo-poo this report and not act? You really want to wait until hundreds of people die in a bombing and then act? This is like the neighborhood that complains about a dangerous crosswalk, but the city only takes action and installs a light after someone is killed.”

Let me start off by saying that I agree with most of…

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