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TSA's Pre-Check Program Adds New Airports to Total 40 Spots

February 28, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can all agree that airport security—at least in the United States—is kind of a pain in the rear. At this point we’ve pretty much become used to being patted down, scanned, zapped, and viewed through x-ray glasses. The TSA has made some improvements with expediting the whole process, and their pre-check program—or Pre✓ as they like to call it—is probably one of the best. It’s at a whole bunch of airports across the land, but their most recent update improves the options a little bit more.

In total there’s five new airports in which the program should be kicking off, and this will bring the country’s total to about 40 by the beginning of April. Austin-Bergstrom International, Cleveland Hopkins International, Memphis International, Nashville International, and Raleigh-Durham International are the ones on the schedule to get the airport security upgrade.

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Five Airport Spots to Score This Winter's Flu Shot

November 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the time of year when coughs, colds, and congestion decide to make an appearance. Flu season isn’t particularly fun for anyone, but you might just be able to prevent it from happening right at the airport. The concourses and terminals have been setting up flu clinics and kiosks, and here’s just five airports when you can stop in for a shot of your own.

Chicago – O’Hare

There’s lots of distractions available when flying to or through Chicago—many of them food related—but if you’re looking to do your public health duty they’ve got you covered as well. The O’Hare Medical Clinic in Terminal 2 offers up seasonal influenza vaccines, and it sounds like they’ll even do a little bit more. Appointments aren’t necessary, and you can even swing by for a general tune-up—think cholesterol screenings, other vaccinations, and stuff like that. If you can’t make it to the main clinic they’ll be setting up some kiosks too, so just look around while heading towards your gate.

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So. About That Whole Rand Paul Versus the TSA Thing...

January 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

First the raw news, such as it is. Yesterday Senator Rand Paul was flying from BNA to DCA and, while walking through a scanner, triggered the alarm. Per TSA regulations he was put in the waiting area—which at BNA is a glass "cubicle"—until an agent could be found to pat him down. Sen. Paul demanded the right to be allowed to walk through the scanner a second time but, again per TSA protocol, he was told he'd have to submit to get patted down. He refused and instead tried to walk out of the cubicle, and eventually had to be escorted out of the airport.

We want to pause here to emphasize the absolutely explicit explanation that Paul gave for his behavior. He says that he thinks TSA should allow people to walk through scanners twice, so he acted as if TSA does allow people to walk through scanners twice. In other words he acted as if the reality he wishes was true was actually true. We're going to blockquote this so you can tell we're not making this up:

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The World's First Airport Library Was in Nashville, Not Amsterdam

Where: Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM | by | Comment (1)


Nashville's Airport Reading Room

Yesterday, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport officially opened the door to their brand spanking-new library, the first of its kind at an airport, or so they said. It's located on "Holland Boulevard," the passageway connecting Piers E and F after security, and it's open every day during regular airport hours. In terms of modern libraries, it does really sound like an excellent amenity for travelers:

The library, which offers literature, music and films, is a joint and unique initiative by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Dutch Public Libraries. The Airport Library is the world's first library opened at an airport, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the first airport where passengers can read books in 29 different languages, listen to music, watch films and download these free of charge.

That said, it's not the first like it claims.

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Security Theater: Jewel's (Not) Hilarious Nashville Airport Prank

October 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Stars: They're not like us! Singer Jewel played a prank on tour buddy Brad Paisley which consisted of him being arrested at Nashville International Airport.

After they played their last tour date together in Selma, Texas, the Alaskan former folkie arranged for two rent-a-cops to "arrest" Paisley at the gate when he returned to Nashville, handcuffing him and shoving him into an unmarked car. It was there Paisley learned it was a joke as he was cited for excessive "noodling" on the guitar.

This gives an entire new meaning to the term "security theater." Creating a realistic-looking arrest at a gate within view of other passengers and hiring people to impersonate TSA agents and cops? Totally OK. Making a joke going through security? Years in prison.

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· Jewel Punks Brad Paisley [KWTX]
· UFO over Stephenville, Texas Looking For Jewel And Tasty BBQ [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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