More Posts On: Safety and Security

Unruly Passengers Face Up to $35,000 In Fines and 20 Years of Imprisonment: Federal Aviation Administration

Because of an increase of a “wake of recent, troubling incidents” of threatening behavior or violence within the past year which have mainly occurred aboard airplanes, an order was signed by Steve Dickson — who is the current administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — yesterday, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 which directs a stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly airline passengers, who can face penalties of up to $35,000.00 in fines and 20 years of imprisonment as a result of…

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Boeing Charged With 737 MAX Airplane Fraud Conspiracy; Agrees to Pay Greater Than $2.5 Billion

The Boeing Company has entered into an official deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice of the United States to resolve a criminal charge — which is related to a conspiracy to defraud the Aircraft Evaluation Group of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States in connection with its evaluation of the Boeing 737 MAX airplane — by agreeing to pay a total of greater than $2.5 billion.

The multinational corporation — which designs, manufactures, and sells commercial airplanes to airlines worldwide — was charged with…

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Connecting Your Device in a Rental Car: A Reminder of What You Must Know

Technology has advanced in recent years where you can connect your portable electronic device to the entertainment and information system built into the dashboard of a car; and the percentage of the fleets of rental car companies where this is possible has increased to the point where this technology is expected — regardless of the class of vehicle rented these days…

…but did you know that after you drop off the vehicle at a location of a rental car company, you could be leaving something behind as you are whisked — er…better make that slowly lumbered — away on that shuttle bus to the airport terminal?

No, you are not leaving behind anything physical, as you have everything with you. In fact, you double-checked and realized that you are not missing anything at all — but you could still be leaving something behind in the car you just dropped off…

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My Experiences of Passing Through Airport Security Checkpoints During a Pandemic

When I arrived at the airport to travel from Atlanta to Denver as a passenger on an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines for my first flight since the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic began, I had to first go through the security checkpoint like every other passenger — but how different will the process be from what I expected in the past?

The queue seemed to be really long when I arrived at the main security checkpoint — but then…

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Photographs of Why Being Careful Driving in Ice and Snow is Important

Winter has not yet arrived in the northern hemisphere; yet some areas have already experienced ice, snow, and bitter cold air — which likely means vehicular accidents and incidents as a result of the potentially dangerous conditions for driving in treacherous conditions.

Even a mere inch of snow can…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 71: Reader Edition

I am proud to say that readers of The Gate continue to keep sending photographs to me; and both the featured photograph at the top of this article and the following photograph were taken by NB_ga — who is a reader of The Gate — while in the parking lot of a store of a major retailer recently.

For this edition of this popular game, can you guess what…

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Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes Can Return to Service Thanks to Rescission of Order By Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States initially ordered the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes which were operated by airlines based in the United States or its territories effective as of 3:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — no specific date or time had been announced as to when the temporary grounding of the aircraft was to expire, with the airplanes permitted to fly once again — and that grounding was followed by other airlines worldwide…

…but as of earlier this morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the order of grounding the Boeing 737 MAX airplane was officially rescinded by Steve Dickson — who is the current administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — following what is referred to as…

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I am Still Running for President of the United States in 2020. Vote for Me as a Write-In Candidate.

The general election for president of the United States for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 winds down to a choice of two candidates: Donald J. Trump and Joseph R. Biden — unless you want to vote for Jo Jorgensen of the Libertarian party or Howie Hawkins of the Green party of the United States or Don Blankenship of the Constitution party or Gary Swing of the Boiling Frog party or literally thousands of other candidates.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden? Is that really the best that the United States can do? Are there no better candidates for the job?

Because of the amazingly poor choice of candidates — they seem to get poorer every four years — I decided to officially announce my candidacy to run for president of the United States on Sunday, May 15, 2016 despite…

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