DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID At Airports For Foreign Travel

DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID At Airports For Foreign Travel:

What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality.

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New Generation Of Bombs Undetectable By Airport Scanners: What’s The Solution?

New Generation Of Bombs Undetectable By Airport Scanners: What’s The Solution?:

Does it make sense to ban all laptops on all flights as they are discussing now? Banning laptops alone is insufficient. It is impossible to eliminate all airplane risk without banning all flights.

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Travel To US Has Tumbled 16% Since Trump Took Office, Foursquare Says

Travel To US Has Tumbled 16% Since Trump Took Office, Foursquare Says:

Social-media company Foursquare has crunched the data generated by its 50 million active monthly users and determined that America’s share of the international tourism market has fallen sharply since October.

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New Private Terminal at LAX Allows Oligarchs to Mock Debt Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Telescreen

New Private Terminal at LAX Allows Oligarchs to Mock Debt Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Telescreen:

If there was ever an article that perfectly summed up the times we live in, it’d have to be the one published yesterday at The Guardian titled, At LA Airport’s New Private Terminal, the Rich Can Watch Normal People Suffer.

Here are a few excerpts:

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United Airlines Forced Woman To Pee In Cup In Front Of Other Passengers

United Airlines Forced Woman To Pee In Cup In Front Of Other Passengers:

A month after video footage of a man being dragged off a United Airlines airplane went viral, the airline is facing heat yet again, this time for forcing a female passenger to urinate in a cup in front of other passengers.

Nicole Harper, an emergency room nurse in Kansas City, says flight attendants wouldn’t let her get up to use the restroom until the captain turned off the seatbelt belt sign. Harper says she explained she has an overactive bladder and was then handed the cup to relieve herself — while she sat in her seat.

“You would think peeing in a cup on an airplane in front of my family and strangers would be the worst part of this story,” Harper recounted on Facebook. “But the way I was treated by flight attendants afterwards was worse.”

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How United Airlines added insult to injury in Dr David Dao case

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How United Airlines added insult to injury in Dr David Dao case:

UNITED Airlines failed to remove Dr David Dao’s luggage from a flight they dragged him off and then sent it to the wrong address, his lawyer says.

Dr Dao’s lawyer, Thomas Demetrio told the Chicago SunTimes said his client was not just missing his two front teeth when he was violented dragged off his flight in Chicago but also his luggage.

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Doctor Dragged From United Plane After Computer “Solves” Overbooking Problem

Doctor Dragged From United Plane After Computer “Solves” Overbooking Problem:

A man was violently dragged off of a United Airlines flight Sunday evening after it was apparently overbooked, according to passengers who were on the plane.

As The Courier Journal reports, a United spokesperson confirmed in an email Sunday night that a passenger had been taken off a flight in Chicago.

“Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked,” the spokesperson said. “After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.

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American-Muslim Couple Removed From Paris Flight For “Sweating, Wearing Head-Band”

American-Muslim Couple Removed From Paris Flight For “Sweating, Wearing Head-Band”:

Faisal and Nazia Ali were on a Cincinnati-bound Delta flight from Paris, after celebrating their ten-year anniversary trip to London and Paris. The trip was soon going to turn into a nightmare.

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According to the USA Today,

A flight crew member had complained to the pilot that she was uncomfortable with the Muslim couple in the second row of economy class.

The woman was wearing a headscarf and using a phone, and the man was sweating, she allegedly told the pilot…

The pilot contacted the ground crew. He would not take off until couple was removed

The flight attendant claimed that Faisal Ali tried to hide his cell phone and that she had heard the couple use the word “Allah.”

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Delta Suspends All Flights “Due To System Outage Nationwide” With Computer Systems “Down Everywhere”

Delta Suspends All Flights “Due To System Outage Nationwide” With Computer Systems “Down Everywhere”:

Update 2:

6:55 a.m. ET UPDATE: A power outage in Atlanta, which began at approximately 2:30 a.m. ET, has impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide, resulting in flight delays. Large-scale cancellations are expected today. All flights enroute are operating normally. We are aware that flight status systems, including airport screens, are incorrectly showing flights on time. We apologize to customers who are affected by this issue, and our teams are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Updates will be available on news.delta.com.

Update 1: 5:05 a.m. ET UPDATE: Delta has experienced a computer outage that has affected flights scheduled for this morning. Flights awaiting departure are currently delayed. Flights enroute are operating normally. Delta is advising travelers to check the status of their flights this morning while the issue is being addressed.

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Delta Air Lines –  the second largest airline in the world – is reporting that all flights have been suspended “due to a system outage nationwide.” Social media users have posted photos showing long lines of passengers waiting to check-in at airports. “Our systems are down everywhere. Hopefully it won’t be much longer,” Delta Air Lines said in response to a passenger’s tweet.

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Is Homeland Security Creating Travel Havoc To Force People Into Precheck Programs?

Is Homeland Security Creating Travel Havoc To Force People Into Precheck Programs?:

The TSA and Homeland must have known that wait times would soar if more rigorous screening was implemented. They did it anyway. As AP reports, in the past three years, the TSA and Congress cut the number of front-line screeners by 4,622 — or about 10 percent — on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines. However, not enough people enrolled for TSA to realize the anticipated efficiencies. In other words, PreCheck has been in a failure. Not enough Americans have been willing to make themselves “known” to FedGov and Homeland Security. The way to fix it is to make people so miserable that they join.

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Terrifying moment Qatar Airways passenger jet aborted takeoff and came to a screeching halt on the runway – and shaken passengers watched it all unfold on their in-flight screens

Terrifying moment Qatar Airways passenger jet aborted takeoff and came to a screeching halt on the runway – and shaken passengers watched it all unfold on their in-flight screens:

It was meant to celebrate an aircraft model’s first-ever journey from the US, but this Qatar Airways charter flight carrying journalists and staff didn’t go as planned.

Nerve-wracking footage shows the moment the Airbus A350-900 XWB abandoned its takeoff attempt as it sped along a runway at New York’s JFK Airport and came to a screeching halt.

Passengers were left shaken and confused – and some wanted to get off the plane – as they tried to figure out whether the plane stopped due to an emergency.

UK Government invests £60m in Skylon plane that can fly from London to Sydney in 4 hours

H/t reader squodgy:

“Shame the PTB will deny the Brits further benefits from it, it will all go to the World Military Industrial Complex…….just like the first supersonic plane, the first jet engine, the first bi-pass engine, the swing wing, the angled flight deck, the steam catapult, the landing mirror, the HUD, and on and on and on.”


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UK Government invests £60m in Skylon plane that can fly from London to Sydney in 4 hours:

This is the new super-plane. Why is it in the news?

The UK government has pumped £60m into a next-generation engine that will apparently make low-cost space travel possible for commercial customers.

Really? Will we be exploring the final frontier by Christmas?

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Airline Begins Weighing Passengers, Will ‘Exclude’ Heavy Flyers

Airline Begins Weighing Passengers, Will ‘Exclude’ Heavy Flyers (ZeroHedge, Aug 15, 2015):

In 2013, Samoan Air became the world’s first airline to charge passengers according to their their weight. Now, two years later, Uzbekistan Airways has gone one further than the pay-by-weight model. The Tashkent-based airline has installed special weighing machines in the departure gate zones to weigh people and their hand luggage, noting that some overweight people could be excluded from busy flights on smaller planes if limits are exceeded“We are not selling seats, we are selling weight.”

No-fly list uses ‘predictive assessments’ instead of hard evidence, US admits

No-fly list uses ‘predictive assessments’ instead of hard evidence, US admits (Guardian, Aug 10, 2015):

In May filing, Justice Department and FBI officials admit stopping US and other citizens from travelling is based on what the government believes they might do

The Obama administration’s no-fly lists and broader watchlisting system is based on predicting crimes rather than relying on records of demonstrated offenses, the government has been forced to admit in court.

In a little-noticed filing before an Oregon federal judge, the US Justice Department and the FBI conceded that stopping US and other citizens from travelling on airplanes is a matter of “predictive assessments about potential threats”, the government asserted in May.

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus A320, French Prosecutor Says – German Newspaper Die Welt Reported The Crash Before It Happened

Hmmh. What do you make of this?

The German newspaper Die Welt reported the crash 4 DAYS ago (= vor 4 Tagen = März 22, 2015 = March 22, 2015):

Google (March 26, 2015):

Germanwings Airbus A320 Crash Die Welt

Die Welt Airbus A320 Crash
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Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus A320, French Prosecutor Says
A search and rescue worker at the crash site on Wednesday.

Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Airbus Jet, French Prosecutor Says (The New York Times, March 26, 2015):

PARIS — The chief Marseille prosecutor handling the investigation into the crash of a Germanwings jetliner said on Thursday that evidence from the cockpit voice recorder indicated that the co-pilot had deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the plane into its fatal descent.

“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the button that commands the loss of altitude,” the prosecutor, Brice Robin, said.

He said it appeared that the co-pilot’s intention had been “to destroy the aircraft.” He said that the voice recorder showed that the co-pilot had been breathing until before the moment of impact, suggesting that he was conscious and deliberate in his actions. He said that his inquiry had shown that the crash was intentional.

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