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  • Thoughts on Aviation Security: 'Inattentional Blindness'

    11/13/2019 1:48:09 PM PST · by BigKahuna · 7 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 11/13/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    Inattentional blindness occurs when you fail to notice an object or even a person that’s right in front of you because your attention was focused on something else, such as a task or an event or some other object. In aviation security, for example, an airport police officer might fail to discern a fully visible traveler who’s accidentally crossed through an equally visible portal into a non-public area because the police officer is engaged in another task. Both activities – the traveler entering a non-public area and the task the officer is performing – are plainly evident to him, but...
  • Hurtigruten stakes out the North American market

    10/28/2019 2:48:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Seatrade Cruise News ^ | September 30, 2019 | Anne Kalosh
    In Hurtigruten’s most extensive stateside event ever, the Norwegian company just gave nearly 300 US and Canadian travel advisors and media a taste of its new hybrid-electric ship, Roald Amundsen. ‘The US market is very important to us, both as a destination and as a source market,’ Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said. The company ‘hasn’t been that present in the US market, but that’s going to change,’ he added. Just 10% of business came from the US last year. That is targeted to rise to 25% to 30%, and Hurtigruten’s Seattle office has bulked up from a few people to...
  • Climate change researchers recommend banning frequent flyer reward programs to cut carbon emissions

    10/15/2019 4:47:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/14/19 | Alexandra Ma
    A report commissioned by the UK government's official environmental advisers is calling to ban frequent flyer reward schemes to discourage people from traveling by air. **SNIP** The report has also proposed an "air miles levy" to target frequent flyers while protecting those who don't travel as much or travel shorter distances. By placing the levies on frequent flyers, rather than a flat fuel tax, those who don't fly as often would in theory not be disproportionately affected. "Aviation has so far enjoyed generous tax treatment despite a large proportion of flights being taken by a small, wealthy segment of the...
  • ADOT widens I-10, but will it be enough?

    10/06/2019 8:27:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Arizona Public Media ^ | October 1, 2019 | Jake Steinberg
    Interstate 10 is now three lanes both ways between Tucson and Casa Grande, but your commute probably won’t get faster. The Arizona Department of Transportation projects I-10 could be bumper-to-bumper all the way to Casa Grande during rush hour by 2035. The route currently carries around 60,000 vehicles daily, and that could quadruple depending on the region’s growth, according to an ADOT spokesperson. John Moffatt, director of economic development for Pima County, said those backups won’t just be bad for commuters. He said they will hurt trade with Mexico. “Trucks are like water. They find the path of least resistance...
  • I Have Just Officially Nominated Poland For Entry Into The Visa Waiver Program

    10/04/2019 3:39:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/04/19 | Donald J. Trump
    I have just officially nominated Poland for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. With this decades long-awaited announcement, we are in the final steps of the process which, when complete, would grant Polish nationals visa-free business and tourism travel to the U.S. & vice versa.
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport Latest to Receive Facial Recognition Technology

    10/04/2019 11:28:49 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 13 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 10/04/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s facial recognition technology program has now arrived at Detroit’s international airport. Known as ‘Simplified Arrival,’ CBP’s biometric-based system matches the faces of arriving international travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport against the images contained in their travel documents, enabling the agency to quickly verify their identities. Detroit also joins a growing list of top US airports using the Simplified Arrivals system, where at least 20 of them will offer the facial recognition technology to speed through the Customs process by the end of 2020. Systems like Simplified Arrivals and its brother facial recognition program, Biometric Exit...
  • The Million-Mile Lexus

    09/26/2019 6:12:56 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    Road and Track.com ^ | Sep 24 2019 | Matt Farah
    Brands attempt to move upmarket all the time, but few succeed to the degree Lexus did with its first luxury car. I was 9 years old when my father traded in his 1988 Saab 900 Turbo for a new 1991 LS 400. I would invite my fourth-grade classmates over to the house and ask my dad to start the car—you could not believe it was actually running unless you looked at the eerie “ghost” dials. The Lexus was silent. It seemed so soft, so fast and quiet, that it was all that much more unbelievable when I told my friends...
  • Delta Air Lines Updates Support Animal Policy Following DOT Guidance and Continues Pit Bull Ban

    09/26/2019 4:10:00 PM PDT · by Norski · 44 replies
    Dogsbite.org ^ | September 23, 2019 | Staff Delta Airlines
    Delta Air Lines updates policy and continues pit bull ban following DOT guidance. Delta's Policy Update Atlanta, GA - On September 23, 2019 Delta responded to Department of Transportation (DOT) final guidance regarding service animals that was issued on August 8. "Effective immediately, Delta is discontinuing its 8-hour flight limit for emotional support animals (ESAs)," states Delta's announcement. Delta is continuing its ban on pit bulls as service and support animals that it began in July 2018 in order to "protect the airline’s employees, customers and trained service animals." Following a sharp increase in onboard animal incidents and attacks, Delta...
  • A Peacetime Dunkirk? Travel Company Thomas Cook Collapses, Strands Over 150,000 Travelers

    09/23/2019 8:28:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when the world’s oldest travel company closes its doors? It leaves a lot of people very far from home and no clear way to get back. Thomas Cook collapsed overnight after 178 years of operation thanks to debt commitments that could not be met, leaving more than 150,000 people scattered across the globe with no way home and no paid accommodations.The legendary firm’s CEO issued an apology, but that alone won’t do much: Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser apologizes after the world's oldest travel company went into liquidation, leaving thousands of passengers stranded around the world. More:...
  • British travel firm Thomas Cook collapses, stranding hundreds of thousands

    09/22/2019 7:17:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 70 replies
    reuters.com ^ | September 23, 2019 | Reuters
    Thomas Cook (TCG.L), the world’s oldest travel firm, collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers around the globe and sparking the largest peacetime repatriation effort in British history. Chief Executive Peter Fankhauser said it was a matter of profound regret that the company had gone out of business after it failed to secure a rescue package from its lenders. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Thomas Cook had now ceased trading and the regulator and government would work together to bring the more than 150,000 British customers home over the next two weeks.
  • Taking a Risk-Based Approach to Aviation Security

    09/18/2019 9:13:07 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 14 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 9/18/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    In the U.S. and Europe most especially, recognizing a threat posed by an individual flyer and then managing it so that his civil liberties aren’t infringed until necessary is important to the security process. Assigning flyers a score based on the risk each poses to commercial travel – a score which may increase or decrease based on many factors – is one way to effectively security screen each traveler. In other words, the depth and comprehensiveness of the aviation security screening you might receive prior to boarding your flight could depend on a ‘risk score’ based on data collected about...
  • Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Airport Security?

    09/13/2019 4:05:38 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 24 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 09/11/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    No sane person enjoys standing in an airport security line. In some cases, especially when you’re late for your flight, the wait to get through security can seem like hours or even days. And wait times to make it through airport security have indeed gone up over the last 20 or so years in response to terrorism threats. Fortunately developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are beginning to make it easier to get through airport security. Airports, airlines and government security agencies generally must balance two competing objectives. The first is to ensure that robust and effective aviation security programs are...
  • I-49 Lafayette Connector final plan may be ready in 2021

    09/05/2019 12:56:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Acadiana Advocate ^ | February 18, 2019 | Claire Taylor
    Even though it’s been about a year since the last public meeting on the Interstate 49 Connector in Lafayette, the project isn’t dead, or even dormant. Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson told The Acadiana Advocate on Monday things are happening to move the 5-mile section of interstate toward the federal Record of Decision needed to secure funding and start construction. The ideas and plans presented at public hearings over the past two years are being worked on, he said, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is drawing up a contract extension for the consultants working on the project....
  • U.S. Versus Israeli Aviation Security

    09/03/2019 9:05:43 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 7 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 9/3/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    Israel, which has experienced much terrorism, both within its borders and against its citizens around the world, is generally acknowledged to be expert in the field of aviation security. To say that Israel takes such matters seriously, especially at its airports and onboard the planes of its flag carrier, El Al, would be an understatement. So: Can the U.S., with its gargantuan air transportation system, learn anything from Israel when it comes to aviation security? The short answer is “yes,” but with caveats. For starters, let’s look at how security at the airport level – which is where most flyers...
  • Prince Harry faces backlash as he claims he flies private jets 'to protect my family' [tr]

    09/03/2019 6:23:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2019 | Mark Duell
    he Duke of Sussex today insisted he flew by private jet four times in 11 days to keep his family safe as he launched a new sustainable travel initiative. Prince Harry said he hopes the new 'Travalyst' scheme will better protect tourist destinations and their local communities for generations to come. The Duke flew to Amsterdam by a commercial flight yesterday to launch the project this morning, and told an audience: 'We could all do better.'
  • Why Does TSA Make Most U.S. Flyers Remove Their Shoes?

    08/29/2019 9:42:28 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 100 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/29/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    It’s a safe bet to say that hundreds of millions of U.S. flyers since Reid’s attempted attack have had to remove their shoes while passing through a TSA security checkpoint. TSA also says that since the screening of shoes was initiated it has screened close to 10 BILLION (with a ‘B’) of them. The security agency says the figure is a “conservative estimate,” too. This is where we must ask ourselves why we’re still taking our shoes off, given there’s never been a shoe bomb-style attack that’s originated on U.S. soil. Indeed, Reid as well as the infamous Underwear Bomber...
  • British Airways pilots to strike for three days over pay dispute

    08/23/2019 3:35:39 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 10 replies
    Sky News ^ | 23 August 2019 | Ganesh Rao
    British Airways pilots to strike for three days over pay dispute... The airline's pilots will strike on 9, 10 and 27 September... We will cancel flights, I cannot tell you exactly how many at this stage, but we will contact each passenger that may be affected... He promised to provide passengers with options either for a refund or to fly with another carrier, with the firm hoping to "minimise disruption the airline will do "everything we can" for customers if pilots strike at the height of the summer holidays...
  • TSA Agent Fired After Passing Rude Note to Traveler...

    08/16/2019 9:55:48 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 19 replies
    ABC7 News ^ | 8/16/2019 | ABC7
    A New York airport security worker is without a job because of a two-word message she wrote on a piece of paper. In the security video of the incident Neal Strassner requested himself, as he passes through a metal detector, the TSA agent hands him a note. Not thinking much of it, Strassner continues to go about boarding his flight when the agent calls back to him to open it. Strassner says the note read, "You ugly." "You never really know where somebody is in their day or their head. The more you think about it the more you realize...
  • It Takes TSA 252 Days to Hire a Screener... (Seriously?)

    08/14/2019 8:33:53 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 33 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 8/12/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    In March 2019, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that the Transportation Security Administration was taking far too long to hire its security screeners. On average, TSA takes 252 days to hire screeners, who are frontline employees vital to the agency's mission. In private industry, it usually only takes from a few days to four months to hire a new employee, according to the Workable human resources website. ... Given the role played by its security screeners it's, of course, essential that TSA work toward hiring only the most capable, most qualified candidates. However, by any reasonable standard,...
  • The best and worst US airports in 2019 revealed: San Diego is ranked No1 (best) [tr] [ed]

    08/09/2019 10:11:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 9, 2019 | Jennifer Newton
    The best and worst US airports for 2019 have been revealed - and it's San Diego International in the number one spot. A new study ranks 50 of the busiest hubs in America, taking into account the following factors - airport amenities, how quickly the airport can be reached and the punctuality of departures and arrivals. Coming second in the list is Phoenix Sky Harbor International - which was top last year - with Chicago Midway International rooted at the bottom.