More Posts On: Safety and Security

Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today

A media briefing which occurred exactly one year ago today on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 included the first time that the World Health Organization officially declared that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus had reached pandemic disease status — interestingly and coincidentally, exactly six months after the 19th anniversary of the attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, which means that now we will be reminded every six months of a substantially historic event which changed the world.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which…

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What Did I Write That Required a Disclaimer on Twitter?!?

I wrote an article back on Thursday, January 14, 2021 with the title Unruly Passengers Face Up to $35,000 In Fines and 20 Years of Imprisonment: Federal Aviation Administration which quoted Steve Dickson — who is the current administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — and also featured an official video of him…

…but when I viewed this message on Twitter which contained a link to that article…

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Tear Down This Wall. And This Fence. And That Wall. And That Fence…

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” is what Ronald Reagan — who was the 40th president of the United States — said to the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall on Friday, June 12, 1987 before most of it was torn down.

The concrete wall separated — or better yet, physically and ideologically divided — the city of Berlin from Sunday, August 13, 1961 to Thursday, November 9, 1989, when citizens of the German Democratic Republic were given permission to freely visit what was known then as West Berlin and West Germany from what was then known as East Berlin and East Germany. Save for a remnant here and there, the Berlin Wall was otherwise completely demolished as of 1994.

One of the main goals of Donald Trump — who was the 45th president of the United States — was to erect a wall along the border which the United States shares with Mexico. You might have thought that this article was going to be about that wall.

You would be mistaken. Think again.

Ever since…

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A National List To Ban Misbehaved Passengers From Flying? Not So Fast…

The national president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants — which is an independent union that is comprised of 28,000 flight attendants who are employed by American Airlines — wrote an open letter in support of a national list of misbehaved passengers from flying to Peter M. Buttigieg, who is the current secretary of the Department of Transportation of the United States.

The text of the letter which pertains to the aforementioned national list of misbehaved passengers from flying aboard airplanes which are operated by commercial airlines — as was authored by Julie Hedrick — is as follows in its entirety…

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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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