More Posts On: Airports

Two More Reasons I Will Not Pay For Global Entry or TSA Pre✓

Prior to Tuesday, September 11, 2001, virtually all passengers at virtually all airports in the United States were able to pass through security checkpoints with their shoes on; with whatever amount of liquids they wanted to carry in their bags which they carry aboard airplanes with them; and they were able to pass through a metal detector instead of a body scanner.

In order to enjoy a similar experience at an airport security checkpoint in the United States these days, you are required to complete a two-step application process — both via the Internet and by attending an interview in person — and pay a fee of $85.00 in order to enroll for five years in the TSA Pre✓ Program of the Transportation Security Administration; and that fee cannot be refunded once paid. The fee works out to $17.00 per year.

All travelers are required to be processed by the personnel of Customs and Border Protection when arriving from outside of the United States — but effective as of Friday, June 6, 2008, one can pay an application fee of $100.00 to be pre-approved for a trusted traveler program known as Global Entry to bypass the long lines and speed through the process. The application fee is only to be paid one time.

Upon first glance, one would wonder why…

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Travel Alert September 2019: Two Runways Closed at San Francisco International Airport

Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport is currently closed for repairs and is expected to reopen on Friday, September 27, 2019; and a section of Runway 1L will also be under reconstruction during this period — meaning that despite airlines having adjusted their schedules, flights may still be delayed or cancelled during this period of time.

At a total length of…

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Travel Alert August 2019: Airplane Crash at Santa Barbara Airport

Due to the fiery crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft — of which all seven occupants survived — at Santa Barbara Airport at 10:13 in the evening of Sunday, August 25, 2019, at least two airlines have issued travel waivers for passengers who were inconvenienced by the unfortunate incident.

The airplane had…

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Access Restriction to The Club Airport Lounges September 2019

If you plan to access one of the airport lounges in The Club network during your travels, note that a new restriction has been added: entry into one of the participating airport lounges will be permitted only within three hours prior to departure effective as of Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Go to the official Internet web sites of any of the airport lounges listed below — all of which are linked for your convenience — and the following sentence appears under the Conditions section…

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Update: Strike Suspended at London Heathrow Airport for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The strike which was scheduled to occur at London Heathrow Airport tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, 2019 has been “suspended as workers vote on improved pay offer”, according to an official statement was released by Unite, which is the largest union in the United Kingdom.

The aforementioned message was posted at the official Twitter account of Unite…

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Update: Strike Suspended at London Heathrow Airport for Monday, August 5, 2019 — But Still On for Tuesday

The strike which was scheduled to occur at London Heathrow Airport tomorrow, Monday, August 5, 2019 has been “suspended to allow for further talks at Acas”, according to an official statement was released by Unite, which is the largest union in the United Kingdom…

…but the strike for Tuesday, August 6, 2019 is still on schedule to occur from 12:01 in the morning until 11:59 in the evening British Summer Time — unless…

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Sale of Single Use Disposable Plastic Water Bottles Banned by San Francisco International Airport

As part of its Zero Waste Concessions Program which was launched earlier this year, San Francisco International Airport will become the first major commercial airport in the United States to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles effective as of Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

A goal of San Francisco International Airport is to reduce single-use disposable plastics — which is one of the…

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Update: More Airlines Issue Travel Alerts For Strike August 5-6, 2019 at London Heathrow Airport

Although the possibility does exist that the strike planned for Monday, August 5, 2019 and Tuesday, August 6, 2019 may also be canceled, that scenario seems to be less likely, as more airlines worldwide issue travel alerts and waivers.

A dispute in pay is the main reason why greater than 4,000 workers — including security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives, and passenger service drivers — plan to walk off the job at the busiest airport in the United Kingdom will likely occur  during Monday, August 5, 2019 and Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

This message at the official Internet web site of London Heathrow Airport offers the following assurance and advice…

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