Greetings from New York where I am currently gearing up to speak at the ever popular Frequent Traveler University in Seattle this weekend before hitting Vancouver and Los Angeles for some reviews and fun. In case you’re not already familiar, the FTU event is like a “boot camp” for becoming a travel genius, which is neat. Anyway, everyone loves juicy gossip and today I’ve got lots of it…

We Already Know The TSA Is Incompetent, But Now They Lie Too…

The TSA seems to have more scandal than the popular tv show “Scandal”. This week at JFK, during morning rush hour, some folks clearly went on donut break and decided to leave their posts at the passenger screening machine. 11 Passengers went through undirected, 3 set off the alarm and none were screened or processed. The beauty, according to LiveandLetsFly is that the TSA tried to cover it up, not following protocol and did not alert Port Authority police for over two hours! They now say they’re confident security was not at risk and they’re looking into it. The most over funded and under performing outfit on earth? Yes. 

$300-400 Economy Deals To Europe

They just can’t stop! There are currently incredible economy deals from most U.S. cities to many European cities including Copenhagen, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris (others may be available too). In non helpful fashion I’m going to say, because there are just so many sales going on, that it’s best to pull up Google Flights, search from a major city to one of the cities mention and look through calendar months of dates. You’ll find something attractive, trust me. Many of these flights are even avail for Holiday and New Years…

How Should Phone Calls On Planes Be Handled?

ViewFromTheWing responds to LiveandLetsFly’s announcement that United has joined Delta in voicing a strong opinion against in flight phone calls. The issue is really interesting to me. The government is essentially weighing whether or not phone calls should be allowed. I say yes, go for it, allow them. My reasoning is that the airline should choose. For those that don’t know, phone calls are already allowed in many regions of the world. Sure, I find most of the “big wigs” conversations to be painful, but there are times when fielding a phone call could be a matter of safety or necessity. I think allowing the calls, but asking politely that they be kept brief and on a “need” basis would suffice. Am I wrong here?