Last week we shared how the shortage of TSA security personnel around the country is causing massive long lines at many airports resulting in officials encouraging people to arrive at the airport 2 to 3 hours prior to their flight times. The question now becomes if it takes an hour for me to drive from Lincoln to the airport in Omaha and I have to arrive 2-3 hours prior just to clear security am I better off just driving instead of flying to Chicago (6 hours), Minneapolis (5 hours), Denver (6.5 hours) and St. Louis (6 hours)? Plus if your flight is delayed and you have to wait 45 minutes for your bags to show up on the baggage claim and then have to take another 25 minutes to get to your car rental it may be faster to just get in your car and take a road trip to a destination within 500 miles of home this summer.
Congress has really let us down with TSA funding and staffing –
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is getting a big black eye from all the angry customers waiting in line at airport security check points but the real culprit is the U.S. Congress. In 2013 Congress raise the security tax by over a billion dollars a year and used those extra fees not to fund adequate staffing at the airports but to lower the federal deficit. When I found out about this it made me extremely upset. It reminded me of the 1976 movie “Network” when the TV news anchor tells all the audience to get up out of their chairs, go over and open the window and stick their head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore”. CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube of that movie clip.
We asked the airlines if they will waive fees for people who miss flights because of the long security lines and they say “Maybe”! –
One of our readers last week sent me an email asking if the airlines would have any compassion for travelers who miss their flights because of the long lines. So we passed on that question to the big three airlines. Their response, was an emphatic “MAYBE”. They said they would review every case individually. How is that for compassion? How is that for taking a strong stand to support their customers who have had to stand in line for hours? Is it any wonder that used car salesmen are rated higher than the airlines in the area of trustworthiness?
Companies should set up a plan to get all their travelers a Global Entry and TSA PreCheck pass –
The long lines at the airports should cause many companies to consider requiring that their travelers get a TSA PreCheck pass so they can avoid the long airport security lines. For years I have been extolling the virtues of travelers purchasing the Global Entry and/or the TSA PreCheck passes which allow you to skip the long security lines and go through the TSA PreCheck express lines. Every time I travel to an airport I figure it saves me 15 to 30 minutes (now it could be up to 2 hours) of waiting in line by having the TSA PreCheck pass. The best value is to purchase the Global Entry pass which allows you to clear immigration in the express lane when returning from an international flight. Included in the $100 Global Entry fee is automatic registration in the TSA PreCheck program for express lane service at security checkpoints at domestic airports. For more information on Global Entry and TSA PreCheck CLICK HERE.
New law limits access for certain travelers with old-style passports –
A U.S. passport law that took effect on April 1 requires nationals of 38 Visa Waiver Program countries to use an electronic passport to enter America. Those traveling under a valid but old-style passport may not realize they can’t enter the U.S. until they reach the airport, ready to depart. Please be sure to advise family, friends and business guests who are flying to the U.S. from these 38 countries to be prepared under the new rules. CLICK HERE to find out about the 38 countries that fall under this new law.
Just a few spots left on the greatest Italian tour ! –
Our first group just returned back home with memories of a wonderful authentic Italian experience. So if you want to secure your spot and join our unique “Taste of Italy – Vino Italiano”-tour, the time is now! Our tour runs September 25 – October 5 and will explore elegant Milan, the exquisite area of Lake Como, the wine regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbria. We will enjoy the golden fields of wheat, green olive groves and medieval villages …and taste the wines, olive oils, pasta, truffles and cheeses. A visit to the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is included, as well as Siena, San Gimignano and Assisi. We end our 10 day tour in the footsteps of Caesar, in the eternal city of Rome. CLICK HERE to see the full tour program and call or email Anne immediately at 402-435-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn all the details. Do not hesitate. We tour with a maximum of 20 participants and have only a few spots left!
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