Airline Ticket Security Fees Set to Increase by More Than Double

Get ready to pay more in security fees on your airline ticket if you are traveling to, from or within the United States effective as of July 21, 2014. “This increase is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013”, confirmed FlyerTalk member TSAPressSec — also known as Ross Feinstein, who is the press secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and an official company representative on FlyerTalk. “The law restructures the fee limitation from up to $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight (capped at $5 per one-way trip), to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip.” At first glance, you might be thinking that…

Toothpaste Tube Bomb Threat Warning to Airlines During Winter Olympic Games

Although not aware of any specific threat at this time, officials of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States have issued a warning to airlines of several countries with flights traveling to Russia for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers which have the potential to contain ingredients used to construct an explosive device aboard an airplane. FlyerTalk members who…

Reserve Your Spot at the Front of the Line at an Airport Security Checkpoint?

Have you ever arrived at the airport to catch your flight — only to have a long line at the security checkpoint greet you even though you have elite level status in at least one frequent flier loyalty program? Are there times where the Pre✓ program offered by the Transportation Security Administration of the United States is not always helpful in expediting your passage through the airport security checkpoint? Now at one airport, you can enter your flight number…

Federal Air Marshal Arrested: Accused of Photographing Up the Skirts of Female Passengers

Adam Joseph Bartsch — a federal air marshal for the United States — was arrested yesterday morning after being caught by an eyewitness allegedly photographing up the skirts of female passengers with his mobile telephone as they boarded an airplane operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3132 at Nashville International Airport, according to a report by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The unidentified eyewitness reportedly…

Should Vehicles Be Searched By Valet Parking Attendants?

Some rather disturbing recent news out of Rochester suggests that in an attempt to protect everyone at Greater Rochester International Airport, the valet parking attendants are apparently inspecting the vehicles they park under the “orders” of the Transportation Security Administration…and the cars are searched twice: once at…

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