More Posts On: Safety and Security

Warning: Shocking Video Reminds That Distracted Driving is Dangerous

A video was recently released from the New York State Department of Transportation; and it shows the shocking video of a motorist who crashes a vehicle into the rear end of a Highway Emergency Local Patrol — or HELP — truck on the Taconic State Parkway.

Without further ado, here is the video, in which…

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8 Guidelines to The Great Window Shade Debate

Yet another debate by members of FlyerTalk over the proper etiquette pertaining to window shades aboard airplanes was launched back on Thursday, November 17, 2016 — and it became contentious enough for the discussion to be closed only two weeks later by a moderator to further posting of content.

The topic of window shades has been — and remains to this day — one of the most controversial topics amongst frequent fliers for many years and has caused as much angst as the debates over armrests and reclining seats: who gets to determine whether the window shade is raised or lowered?

This is only a sampling of…

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Is Handling Food With Bare Hands Disgusting?

What if you were at a lounge or restaurant and was ready to eat something — only to find that the food for which you were craving was handled with bare hands? Would you then suddenly lose your appetite?

“While the lounge is beautiful and well-stocked with high-quality food and drinks, the hygiene of the food preparation leaves much to be desired”…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree To Watch Someone’s Belongings

So there you are at the airport, waiting for your flight at the gate; or, perhaps you are relaxing in an airport lounge, minding your own business — and then someone comes along and asks you to watch his or her bag or other item so that he or she can go somewhere else to do whatever he or she needs to do.

Your initial instinct may be to be a nice fellow human being and convince you to say “yes” and accept the responsibility — but you should not do so for four reasons…

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Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Now Open to Public Access With Pilot Program

Seattle–Tacoma International 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 from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8:00 in the morning through 9:00 in the evening with the new SEA Visitor Pass.

The policy change is temporarily and expected to only be available through…

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Revisited: Why Do Airplane Crashes Receive So Much Attention?

When a Boeing 737-800 MAX — which operated as Lion Air flight 610 to Pangkal Pinang — crashed into the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia approximately 35 nautical miles northeast of Jakarta shortly after taking off earlier this morning, Monday, October 29, 2018, the media was all over the story. Only six bodies of the 188 people aboard the aircraft — seven of them as members of the flight crew — have been recovered at the time this article was written; and the fairly new aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

An update to this fatal crash incident — of which the fear is that no one has survived — has been posted to the official Internet web site of Lion Air…

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Your Chance to Claim Up to £1,500 From British Airways as Compensation For Data Breach

If you were one of the greater than 380,000 customers who may have been affected by a breach of the security systems of British Airways last month, you may qualify to claim up to £1,500.00, if one law firm is successful in its class action suit against the airline.

An official announcement from British Airways — which was first released on Friday, September 7, 2018 — acknowledged and confirmed that…

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One Benefit With My Experience of SSSS in Amsterdam

I received my boarding pass from a kiosk at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and found the dreaded four letters no one wants to see printed on it: SSSS, which are the initials for Secondary Security Screening Selection that will appear on your boarding pass when you have been selected by the Secure Flight system of the Transportation Security Administration for “enhanced security screening” at the security checkpoint of an airport.

I was already in the secure area of the airport — in fact, I was screened through a security checkpoint just from transferring from one flight to another within the secure area of the airport and was forced to leave behind a few unopened bottles of water and a can of cola — so I had no idea what more screening could possibly be in store for me.

First, I went through…

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My First SSSS in Years — in Amsterdam. What Does That Mean?

I guess I have been very fortunate to not have had the dreaded SSSS printed on my boarding pass in years of traveling — but it is on my boarding pass for travel back to the United States; and yet I am already in the secure area of Schiphol Airport, as I transferred from another flight.

Does this mean that…

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