Tag: airports

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Following the attacks of September 11th, Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), creating the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). The TSA replaced private security screening companies with one government agency. Since then, air travelers have bowed to pat downs, bans on water bottles and other inconvenient, intrusive procedures as the “new normal” at […]

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Bad Airports We Have Known

 

I traded a few tweets with fellow Ricochet members Whiskey Sam and 6Foot2InHighHeels — yes, we’ve joined the Twitter Borg — about bad airports and airport experiences. The exchange got us wondering what would make a good post on the topic. I settled on what became the title of this post: the worst airports you and I have known.

First, let me stipulate that my dad has many better airport — even landing zone — stories than I do. His two worst are LOS (Murtala Muhammad in Lagos) and MLW (the domestic airport in Monrovia, Liberia). LOS was the airport you’d see warned about in US airports:

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As I was saying… When airlines began charging a fee to check-in a single piece of luggage, I was downright naive: “Now my bag is more likely to arrive with me!” I thought. I assumed the fee wasn’t for placing my bag on just any plane but on my plane. It was bad enough in […]

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Gouging the Friendly Skies

 

A month ago, I flew to Austin to give a brief talk at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. When I contacted the folks at TPPF to make travel arrangements, I suggested direct flights on Delta from the Detroit airport to Austin and back, and they got back to me a day later to say that the cost was excessive. So, being accommodating, I flew down via Houston on one airline (I forget which) and back on Delta through Atlanta.

50 Shades Of TSA

 

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We’re just shy of fifteen years into the Global War On Terror. While the law of averages says the next fifteen will yield better results, at this juncture simply being allowed to keep our shoes on when boarding a plane seems like a major victory.

No serious person expected this war to be won in less time than it takes to fire TSA serial gropers (i.e., three months). But at least the consolation for participating in this airport kabuki was knowing that the terminal and plane was free of guns, makeshift explosives and excessive concentrations of toothpaste. Now we learn that the head of the TSA has been “reassigned” after covert tests conducted by the agency’s inspector general found that screeners at airports failed to detect prohibited items 95 percent of the time.

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My wife just texted me from Columbus International Airport. She says everything has changed. No more shoes off, no more liquids out, no more body scanners! What’s going on? Is Columbus some kind of test airport? This would be ridiculously good news for liberty, privacy, sanity, and simple convenience! Has anyone else seen this in […]

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