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Maybe a destination you’d normally never consider, but what if you see a super good deal – what then?
That was the topic of my weekly column for ABCNews.com yesterday – called, “To Fly or Not to Fly” and I’ve got lots of advice on the subject.
I also talked about the issue of cheap flights vs. security on Good Morning Texas today, plus I examined some specific airfare deals and pronounced them “good deals” or “bad deals”. It was fun – take a look:
Somebody wrote what was considered to be a “threatening message” – a bomb threat of some kind – on a lavatory mirror aboard a Continental flight from Houston to Washington Dulles (actually, this flight was operated by ExpressJet).
There was no bomb, fortunately – but why would anyone do this? Did they want to make a side trip to Greensboro, North Carolina where the flight was diverted to?
Regarding that “lavatory mirror threat” – what are the rest of us supposed to do – become bathroom monitors? Take a good hard look at whoever is in the lavatory line ahead of us, so we can ID them later if need be?
UPDATE:Furtherreportsindicate this was a “misunderstanding” and there was no real threat.
Was this a threat? Or a massive misunderstanding?
ABC is reporting that a diplomat from Qatar – who was on a United flight from Washington to Denver – allegedly said to federal air marshals, “I’m lighting my shoes on fire.”
The man was then wrestled to the ground, while two fighter jets escorted the plane the rest of the way to Denver. The aircraft landed safely.
What first appeared to be a potential threat – possibly a terrorist incident – may turn out to be nothing more than a big misunderstanding, according to ABC. This is from the news organization’s website:
“A US security official said, ‘it may have been a massive misunderstanding’ and the diplomat’s statement may have been a ‘sarcastic’ comment when he was confronted by two air marshals who had been told by flight attendants that smoke was coming from the lavatory.” - ABCNews.com, 4-7-10
There is so much we don’t know about this incident that I hesitate to comment, but as a generality, it is never advisable to make any sort of joke about security procedures.
For instance, if your wallet – or more to the point, your driver’s license or passport has been lost or stolen, get yourself to the nearest police station immediately. Making a report and leaving a paper trail can be vital to getting your goods back, or at least, proving that what you say happened, actually did. Then you have to get yourself to the airport on departure day extra early – in case the TSA decides extra screening is needed for poor ID-less you.
Check out the column – it’s a fun read, and might save you some hassles down the road.
In the wake of the attempted Christmas Day bombing aboard a Northwest plane, the U.S. began mandatory screening of travelers from 14 countries* – but this program has now been scrapped in favor of new security measures announced today.
It’s clearly a more focused approach to security: as reported by Reuters, the new measures call for extra scrutiny of passengers based on “characteristics pulled together by intelligence agencies” as opposed to being a resident of a particular country or a person of a specific nationality. Travelers who match intelligence information on terrorism suspects, including “physical description, partial name or travel patterns” will undergo additional screening.
It’s said that the new security procedures are supposed to “significantly reduce” the number of people pulled aside for extra screening – which could mean quicker lines through international security – and that’s a good thing.
*The 14 countries on the “old” mandatory screening list: Cuba, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.