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Should Airlines Pay TSA Screeners and Air Traffic Controllers During the Shutdown?

Security wait times have increased as TSA screeners call in sick — coming to work not knowing when they’ll be paid is demoralizing. Air traffic controllers are working without knowing when they’ll be paid, too. But is there any reason that has to be so? Should US airlines hire the screeners and air traffic controllers and pay them directly? Continue reading Should Airlines Pay TSA Screeners and Air Traffic Controllers During the Shutdown?...
Tags: Travel, Advice, US, Tsa, Should Airlines


TSA agents blasting rap music

The longest government shutdown in US history is nearing the end of its first month, and everyone is going a little crazy. Not least of whom are the TSA agents who aren’t getting paid but are still expected to show up to work. If you think going through TSA is frustrating, try being a TSA agent working in an understaffed environment, not knowing when you’ll be getting your next paycheck. Understandably, they’re doing whatever they can to forget their woes and make the workday more bearable. F...
Tags: Travel, US, Kanye West, Tsa, Drake, Jfk, Government Shutdown, Kanye, Jfk Airport, All, Fed, Travis Scott, Tsa Agents, Travel During Shutdown, Tracee Ellis Ross Jr


How to avoid long security lines

By now you’ve heard that the US is being subjected to a government shutdown due to an inability to settle on a compromise regarding President Trump’s desire to build a border wall with Mexico, and all Americans are feeling the effects — especially furloughed federal workers. But American citizens (and their national parks) aren’t the only ones affected by the shutdown; anyone traveling to, through, or from the US will witness just what a government shutdown looks like upon arrival to the air...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Mexico, US, Air, Tsa, Government Shutdown, All, Trump, Security Lines


TSA is the Final Arbiter of What You Can — and Cannot — Feed Your Baby

A Hawaiian family traveling on Sunday night with their one and a half year old baby was stopped at the security checkpoint at Honolulu airport when a TSA screener refused to allow them to pass with their baby food. Passengers are permitted to bring any amount of baby food, breast milk or formula necessary for the flight through checkpoints in spite of standard rules limiting the amount of checkpoints that can go through security. However it seems the TSA takes it upon itself to decide what is an...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Honolulu


If Being on Planes Freaks You Out, Try Flying With These Relaxing Beauty Products

Nervousness when flying on an airplane impacts about 40% of Americans - and we get it. Combining pressure changes and the idea of being suspended in the air for a sustained period of time can be extremely stressful. We're not saying these TSA-approved beauty products will cure your aviophobia, but they might just be able to calm you and relieve some of the unwanted fears of flying.
Tags: Travel, Beauty, Relaxation, Tsa, Skin Care, Body Care


The Shutdown Is Disrupting Travel at America’s Biggest Airports. And It’s Probably Going to Get Worse

TSA workers have not been paid for the pay period that ended last Friday
Tags: Travel, News, Uncategorized, America, Tsa, Onetime


If Being On Planes Freaks You Out, Try Flying With These Relaxing Beauty Products

Nervousness when flying on an airplane impacts about 40% of Americans - and we get it. Combining pressure changes and the idea of being suspended in the air for a sustained period of time can be extremely stressful. We're not saying these TSA-approved beauty products will cure your aviophobia, but they might just be able to calm you and relieve some of the unwanted fears of flying.
Tags: Travel, Beauty, Relaxation, Tsa, Skin Care, Body Care


Have CBD, Will Travel: A Brief Guide To Traveling With CBD Oil For Newbies

Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states, while recreational cannabis is legal in 10. Michigan’s the latest addition to those 10 where you can use recreational marijuana. Soon, Utahns and Missourians may also get legal access to medical cannabis. With more states legalizing this 500 BC-old plant, it’s easy to see why many wonder if traveling with CBD is fine. If getting across state borders with cannabidiol products in their bags isn’t a crime. Especially now that hemp has become legal in the...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Europe, US, Idaho, Nebraska, Michigan, Tsa, Transportation Security Administration, Don, Thc, CBD Oil For Newbies


No Pay: TSA Agents Fight Back at JFK Airport By Blasting Kanye and Travis Scott

TSA agents are expressing themselves at New York JFK during the government shutdown, while they’re expecting not to be paid until the shutdown ends — though they’re getting some pay anyway, in hopes they’ll show up to work. Their choice of music is everything. Continue reading No Pay: TSA Agents Fight Back at JFK Airport By Blasting Kanye and Travis Scott...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Kanye, Jfk Airport, Travis Scott, New York JFK


TSA Will Partially Pay Screeners in an Attempt to Get Them to Show Up For Work

With nationwide sickouts approaching Miami levels, TSA is making a partial payroll payment and bonusing employees despite the government shutdown that would appear to the legality of doing so questionable. Unscheduled sick leave hit 5.6% on Friday compared to a 3.3 percent who had unscheduled absences on Jan. 13, 2018.” Continue reading TSA Will Partially Pay Screeners in an Attempt to Get Them to Show Up For Work...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Miami, Tsa


America’s Hoteliers Highlight Government Shutdown’s Effects on Industry

AAHOA, the nation's largest association of hotel owners, reiterated its call for an end to the partial government shutdown and highlighted the effects for small business owners in the hospitality industry. The shutdown, now in its nineteenth day, forced the closure of several government agencies, limited government travel, closed national parks, and forced essential personnel at agencies such as the TSA to work without pay.
Tags: Travel, America, Tsa, AAHOA


So Many TSA Screeners are Calling in Sick Miami Will Be Closing Concourse G Early

During the government shutdown most employees are furloughed. TSA screeners, however, are supposed to work. They won't be paid until funding is restored. Screeners have been calling out sick at a higher rate than normal with what's being referred to as 'blue flu' (screeners wear blue uniforms). At Miami the sick out rate is higher than average, and the airport will close the G concourse checkpoints in the afternoon to compensate. G primarily serves United, Frontier, Sun County, and Bahamasair...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Miami, Tsa, Bahamasair, United Frontier Sun County


Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick


Law Student Missed Her Flight Thanks to TSA and the Government Shutdown, So She Danced.

She danced on the airport train. She danced in the terminal. She danced while having a drink. You can't get frustrated with travel -- with the airlines, with the TSA, with yourself -- when you're dancing. Continue reading Law Student Missed Her Flight Thanks to TSA and the Government Shutdown, So She Danced....
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa


Travel News: January 10, 2019

Crystal campaign focuses on personal experiences Travel Weekly Crystal has launched a new marketing campaign, its first since Tom Wolber became CEO in September 2017. The campaign theme “Where Luxury is Personal” will avoid platitudes about luxury and instead focus on how luxury “is defined by each traveler, making the experience wholly individual,” Crystal said.   TSA Union Says Government Shutdown Causing Agents to Quit Travel Pulse The union representing Transportation Security Administratio...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Microsoft, Washington, Amsterdam, Tsa, Las Vegas, Alexa, Crystal, News And Deals, Transportation Security Administration TSA, Siri Amazon, American Federation of Government Employees AFGE, Google Home, Tom Wolber, Travel Weekly Crystal


How The U.S. Government Shutdown Affects Traveling Americans And Visitors From Abroad

The United States Federal Government has been partially closed since December 22nd, indefinitely, until the Congress with the president’s approval can pass a budget to allocate funds for several major agencies. Since government shutdowns like the one in Washington DC are exceedingly rare elsewhere in the developed world, the procedures and cutbacks pertaining to services, travel or otherwise can be unclear. Many are ad-hoc to an extent; based in part on how long the showshutdown will last. For ...
Tags: Travel, Money, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Advice, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Nasa, Austin, United States, Washington Dc, Treasury, Tsa, State Department


Travel News: January 8, 2019

National Park Service tapping into entrance fees to keep operating Travel Weekly The National Park Service says it is taking the extraordinary step of dipping into entrance fees to pay for staffing at its highly visited parks in the wake of the partial government shutdown. P. Daniel Smith, deputy director of the service, said in a statement Sunday that the money would be used to bring in staff to maintain restrooms, clean up trash and patrol the parks. He acknowledged that the Trump administrat...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Tsa, Newark, Iceland, United, National Park Service, News And Deals, Daniel Smith, Trump, Dunkin' Donuts, Travel Weekly The National Park Service, United Launches Boeing, Kringlan


How the shutdown is affecting travel

The government has been shut down for about two weeks, and travelers are really feeling its negative effects. While the shutdown isn’t making travel impossible, it’s thrown a wrench into many aspects of the travel industry that have resulted in delays, inconveniences, and even safety concerns for travelers. The longer the shutdown lasts, the more issues are likely to arise. While TSA agents remain working, an increasing number are taking “sick days” due to being forced to work without pay, ca...
Tags: Travel, News, Cnn, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Tsa, State Department, Dc, Seattle, Air Traffic Control, Faa, Government Shutdown, Shutdown, Jonathan Jarvis, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoo


Travel News: January 7, 2019

Amid shutdown, more TSA agents are calling in sick CNBC Airport screeners are calling out sick in increasing numbers, while some workers are fretting about where their next paycheck will come from as a partial U.S. government shutdown enters its third week. The impact from thinner ranks at the country’s airports has had a minimal impact so far, according to the Transportation Security Administration, but the agency warned that travelers may have to wait longer at security lines. Standard wait t...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Chicago, Delta, Tsa, Las Vegas, Detroit, Pacific, Transportation Security Administration, American Airlines, News And Deals, Shinola, Chicago USA, Standard, Woodward Avenue, Ross Feinstein


How to Deal With Possible TSA Travel Delays Caused by the Government Shutdown

The TSA has admitted that sick calls have increased
Tags: Travel, News, Uncategorized, Tsa, Shutdown, Onetime


TSA’s War on Water Claims At Least 6 Victims, CDC Investigating

Are water filling stations a good idea? We all know not to drink water from a plane's on board tanks. But do you trust your government-run airport to ensure clean water? How aboutin Detroit? Water fountains at the Cleveland airport were shut down after at least half a dozen passengers on a Frontier flight became violently ill. Continue reading TSA’s War on Water Claims At Least 6 Victims, CDC Investigating...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Cleveland, Detroit, Frontier


TSA to use floppy ear dogs

Going through security screenings can be intimidating no matter what, but the agency is doing their best to make the process a little less scary. TSA’s canine units, often utilized for sniffing out dangerous substances in passengers’ luggage, can be frightening for children, so they’re making an effort to use canine breeds that look friendlier. This means swapping out retiring pointy-eared dogs for floppy-eared ones. During a tour of operations at Washington Dulles International Airport in Vi...
Tags: Travel, Virginia, Tsa, All, Labrador, Washington Dulles International Airport, David Pekoske, TSA dogs, Airport Dogs


The craziest travel stories of 2018

This year may go down as the year service animals finally got a little too extra. Though we’d tolerated dogs, cats, and even the occasional mini-horse onboard planes to help keep people sane, this year’s abundance of ridiculous emotional support animals culminated with Delta banning them on long-haul flights and Popeyes offering emotional support fried chicken. But ridiculous animals weren’t the only crazy travel stories to emerge from 2018. There was also a human heart erroneously left on a ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Facebook, Florida, London, California, France, Germany, Boston, Disney, US, Atlanta, Rome, Munich, Hawaii, Paris


TSA is Changing Its Dog Strategy to Stop Scaring Children (Yes This is Real)

Roughly 80% of the dogs used by TSA have floppy ears. The other 20% with pointy ears scare children so as pointy-eared dogs retire they are being replaced by dogs with floppy ears. The TSA spends $26,000 to $42,000 training each dog and accompanying dog handler. Though they're trying to make the dogs friendlier-looking, they don't want kids to pet the dogs but did you know that dog handlers are given "baseball-like cards for [their] dog" to "give to children and adults who want to greet the ca...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa


Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 December, 2018

Our group (minus me as photographer) enjoying our farewell “Captain’s Dinner” on our Land Cruise in Lille, France, last week. Good morning Very few shopping days remaining until Christmas – but you already know that, I’m sure! This week’s newsletter is in slightly different form.  I arrived home at 1.30am on Thursday morning and the rest of Thursday has been a bit of a jetlagged blur, during the course of which I wrote an article which is added at the end of today’s newsletter. The article was ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, London, France, Miscellaneous, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Tech, Sea, David, Britain, Winston Churchill, Heathrow, Gatwick


Heartbroken Woman Forced By Southwest to Leave Pet Fish Behind

Everyone eventually has a fish story. Now Southwest Airlines does, too, since one of their passengers is telling the story of how the carrier separated her from her pet fish in Denver, a pink male beta fish named Cassie. She says she travels with it everywhere, but on this day the Southwest employees she ran into wouldn’t allow it. And she loved her fish. Earlier this year Spirit Airlines told a cancer patient she'd have to flush her emotional support hamster down the toilet if she wanted to fly...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Baltimore, Denver, Southwest Airlines, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Cassie She


TSA Says They’ve Stopped Filing Reports on Average Americans in the Airport and on Flights But It’s Not True

Will anyone pay attention now that we know thousands of people are getting their own armed agents watching them on flights for no reason whatsoever, even if TSA now says they've stopped reporting back when we sleep and go to the bathroom? Continue reading TSA Says They’ve Stopped Filing Reports on Average Americans in the Airport and on Flights But It’s Not True...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Airport


Best natural beauty products

Long-haul flights and trekking through city streets is no excuse not to look your best. Though some prefer to rough it while they travel, others like to use their trips around the globe as an excuse to look their very best. After all, you never know who you’ll meet. We searched high and low for the very best natural beauty essentials for travelers. From non-liquid toiletries to travel-sized nap kits to eye creams that will make you feel brand new, these products will be your new favorite trav...
Tags: Travel, Usa, London, Bali, US, Usda, Atlas, Gmo, Maine, Morocco, Tsa, All, Tom, Toner, Swanson, Beauty Products


Everything airport dogs can detect

In 1972, an NYPD German Shepherd named Brandy saved the day when she sniffed out a bomb that had been stashed on a plane, averting a massive aviation crisis and cementing the essential role dogs play in maintaining travel security. Today, dogs continue to serve vital roles in maintaining airport security from that first screening before boarding to that final check while crossing through customs and border patrol. It is thanks to months of training, during which the dogs’ natural desire to h...
Tags: Travel, Australia, US, United States, United Kingdom, New York Times, New Zealand, Kenya, Tsa, Brandy, U S Department of Agriculture, MOMBASA, Jared Fogle, Transportation Security Administration TSA, US Fish Wildlife Service, Travel Abroad


Taking CBD before flying

Flying during the holidays is a nightmare. You don’t need anyone else to tell you that, what with all the airline studies that come out every year about just how bad it’s going to be getting in and out of the airport this time of year. But other than expecting a crowd, it’s hard to know what to actually do about handling holiday flight stress other than some measly “hacks” like “check-in online!” Which brings us to the “it” cure-all of the moment: cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is a compound found ...
Tags: Travel, Tsa, DEA, Cbd, All, Matador Network, Food and Drug Administration FDA, Men 's Health, John Boyd, Cannabidiol, National Center for Biotechnology Information NCBI, Drug Enforcement Agency DEA, Cannabidiol Oil, Curt Van Inwegen, Life Elements, Van Inwegen



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