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With new TSA rules on laptops and cellphones, keep chargers handy

How many times have you boarded a flight with a dead cellphone or laptop?

Under new TSA rules, if you do so when returning to the U.S. from abroad, you’d better keep your charger or mobile battery pack in your carry-on bag — or risk having your electronic devices confiscated.
TSA sees surge in credit card knives at airports
TSA sees surge in credit card knives at airports
Hugo Martin

Travelers on direct flights to the U.S. from some overseas airports (which ones aren’t specified) must be able to power up devices when they go through airport security. “Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft,” the Transportation Security Administration announced in a release Sunday. “The traveler may also undergo additional screening.”

Why? U.S. officials fear that Middle East terrorists have developed a way to hide explosives from metal detectors, body scanners and pat-downs.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re flying home from an overseas trip:
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—Charge your devices before you go to the airport.
—Keep chargers in your carry-on luggage, not in checked bags.
—You might want to carry extra battery packs, and not the kind you put in your phone.

External batteries, or juice packs, act as miniature power chargers when you can’t find a place to plug in. The Mophie powerstation XL ($129), for example, quickly charges two tablets at the same time, and Mophie’s power reserve ($49) charges iPods and iPhones.

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TSA Agent Opens Grandfather’s Cremated Remains, Spills Them, Laughs at Grandson

Indianapolis’s ABC affiliate reports that John Gross was leaving Florida to return home to Indianapolis when a TSA official spilled ashes on the floor of the airport.

“They opened my bag, and I told them, ‘Please, be careful. These are my grandpa’s ashes,’” Gross told RTV6.

Gross said he was “told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.”

 

Read More and watch video:  TSA Agent Opens Grandfather’s Cremated Remains

Travel Tidbits – Angry Birds activity parks to open in Europe

Twenty reasons to visit Hanoi
From art to food, history and spas, Lance Richardson’s 20 reasons to visit Hanoi… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

Angry Birds activity parks to open in Europe
Watch out little, green pigs everywhere. Angry Birds theme parks are soon opening in Europ… Fox Travel News

 

 

 

 

101 best sports bars in the U.S.
There are bars that play sports and then there are sports bars … CNN

 

 

 

 

Disruptive fliers may be charged for plane delays
New York-area airports may charge disruptive fliers for delays… MSN.com

 

 

 

Lawmakers call TSA screeners ineffective, rude
The Transportation Security Administration defended itself against pointed criticism Monday at a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill… USA Today

 

 

More national parks curb plastic bottle sales
More national parks curb sales of disposable water bottles… USA Today

 

 

 

 

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Travel Tidbits – Mississippi, Disney dining, Portland and more

‘The Help’ puts tourist spotlight on Mississippi
Fans of The Help, the bestselling 2009 novel and new movie about the fictional lives of black housekeepers and the white women who employ them in 1960s Mississippi, are getting some help of their own in exploring the story’s real-life settings… USA Today

 

Disney dining gets a makeover
Culinary transformations have made meals as enjoyable as the sights … MSN.com

 

 

 

 


Radiation-Free Full-Body Scanners
As controversy simmers surrounding the levels of radiation used in full body scanners, a small company based in the United Kingdom has developed a machine that emits no radiation at all… Travel and Leisure

 

 

River cruising poised to return to Mississippi
Listen up, Mark Twain fans! Steamboat operations will soon return to the Mississippi River… MSN.com

 

 

 

Portland favorites and fresh finds for visitors
Sure, we love Mount Rainier, the ferries, the Space Needle and its George Jetson architecture. But everybody needs a change of scene. Our quick fix is… Seattle Times

 

 

 

Sample the delights of the Aube region of Champagne
Once marginalised for selling its grapes too cheaply, the region is sparkling once again… The Independent

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

TSA ‘pre-screening’ trial program likely to expand

Over the summer John Pistole TSA chief launched a trial ‘pre-screening’ pilot program called PreCheck with Delta and American Airlines for frequent flyers.

The program allows the frequent flyers to present personal information in advance to pass through security a little more smoothly. The TSA started testing the program on Oct. 4th.

According to American Airlines the benefits of the program include:

• Expedited screening at designated security checkpoints
• No longer removing shoes, belts or jacket
• No longer removing laptops for separate screening
• No longer removing liquids in 3-1-1- compliant bags from carry-on baggage

Currently this TSA PreCheck pilot program for AA is available only at DFW (checkpoint C30) and Miami International Airport (checkpoint D2).

In order to participate in this program you must enroll at CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) account.

On November 2nd, TSA chief John Pistole met with lawmakers to share the success of the program. You can check that out at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs website.

Also, changes to how TSA screens young children under the age of 12 have been set in place. The agency will no longer pat down children as long as nothing suspicious comes up in metal detector or body scanner detectors screenings.

At this time the TSA PreCheck is only available on domestic flights out of four airports at Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Miami airports. At the Seante Committee on Wednesday Pistole was to share how successful it was going and that they will likely expand the pilot program.

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