November 2010

Canada says, “No,” to the US-style pat-downs, the St. Louis airport renovations will include public art, Delta wins another three union battles

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For many of us, one of the highlights of Christmas past was sitting on Santa’s lap, and asking for dream wishes. Most of us still have the wishes, even if we don’t stand in line to see Santa, and even if we don’t really expect to get them anymore.

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A spa for real men in Finland, Feds crack-down on recalled rental cars that get rented out, AA upsets fare cart by charging travel agencies for permission to sell their tickets.

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The feared uprising of passengers and the possibility of mass opt-out requests never materialized. It seems that though the American public have no desire to have their “junk” touched, they would rather get home as quickly and hassle-free as possible to have Thanksgiving dinner with family.

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Anyone who travels has been there at some point. After locking in a nonrefundable ticket, something happens and the ticket needs to be changed. Sometimes, airlines change schedules. It’s unfair how passengers are penalized and airlines let themselves off scot-free.

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Maybe you aren’t a senior member of Congress, a visiting dignitary or a working pilot — three of the most high-profile groups of air travelers who are exempt from a full-body scan or “enhanced” pat-down by the Transportation Security Administration. But the list of exceptions is bigger than you might think, and it’s growing.

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Half of Americans say pat-downs go too far but more are comfortable with whole-body scanners, happy-hour on AA during the 5 o’clock hour, child seats on planes are safer than holding kids on laps

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Here is a list of the airports where the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has body scanners installed and operating.

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On the eve of the busiest travel day of the year, faced with a traveler revolt like no other seen in the history of the U.S., dealing with congressmen who say his organization is going too far in patting down the genitals of the American public, John Pistole, Chief of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), had a press conference that answered none of the pressing questions Americans need answered.

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The mass realization of TSA’s invasiveness has inspired a burst of protest songs. If they keep coming they may rival those of the 60s. It’s about time. Here is one of the first from Roxi Copland — I’ll be groped for Christmas.

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