More Posts On: Safety and Security

One of My Credit Cards Was Compromised. Again. ’Tis the Season…

For the third time in years, I am about to get a new account number for my Discover credit card because someone decided to steal my account number at some point and use it to attempt to spend $980.78 at a Home Depot which is located approximately 35 miles from where I am based.

Someone at…

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How Overlooking Something Minor Can Become Significant — and Easily Avoidable

Overlooking paying attention to something minor can lead to becoming significant for at least one of two reasons: completely by mistake; or by being lazy and taking a short cut to avoid having to do more than seemingly necessary.

I went to a restaurant for dinner earlier tonight on this rainy evening, wiped my feet on the mat inside as the woman at the hostess stand greeted me. I was escorted to a table; and the waiter eventually came and took my order.

After he left, I decided to use the washroom — but I noticed that…

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Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Now Open to Public Access — But…

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport — in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration — now allows the public to access shops and restaurants beyond the security checkpoint of the terminal without requiring the purchase of an airline ticket effective as of Tuesday, October 22, 2019…

…but at the present time…

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Equifax Used admin For User Name and Password, According to Court Document

Equifax Incorporated experienced a breach of security back in 2017 which compromised the sensitive financial and personal information of as many as 147,000,000 people; and the consumer credit reporting agency — which is based in Atlanta — has settled for a total of $671 million as a result.

According to a statement found on page nine of this official document — which…

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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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Remembering September 11, 2001: 18 Years Since the United States of America Was Attacked — and An Editorial on Donald Trump and the Taliban

Less than a month after The Gate was launched, I posted an article on Sunday, September 10, 2006 pertaining to my experience regarding the day of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which I have basically repeated each year since — but with some tweaks and edits along the way. That unedited original article has been posted at the conclusion of this article.

For the first time…

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Waking Up to a Stranger In a Hotel Room Bed

“At night around 4:00am I wake up and realize somebody is touching me, not purposely but more accidentally. I turn around and there is another guy sleeping in the bed next to me. I immediately jump up, turn the light on and ask the guy … he is doing in my room. The guy is obviously drunk or high on some stuff. I go to reception and they help me get him out. Turns out his room is across mine. Everybody is dumbfounded except the guy, he thinks its his room. A further very disturbing fact is that this guy has only his underpants on and nothing else, he didnt have any stuff/phone/closes with him in my room.”

The paragraph you just read was…

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“People Were Yelling ‘Open the Doors’”: FlyerTalk Member in Smoke Filled Cabin Aboard Airplane

An emergency landing of a Airbus A321-200 airplane — which operated as British Airways flight BA422 from London Heathrow Airport — occurred at its destination of Valencia in Spain on Monday, August 5, 2019 after the cabin reportedly filled with smoke while the aircraft descended during the remaining ten minutes of the flight.

Some passengers who were aboard that airplane — such as…

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