Category Archives: Safety and Security

How clean are planes and airports?

Traveling involves risk, so travelers are potential customers of insurance companies. Flying is the safest mode of travel in terms of accidents, but how about germs travelers may be exposed to? conducted 18 tests across 6 surfaces from 3 major US airports and airline flights to find out how clean traveling really is. Each surface was swabbed 3 times at airports or on different US flights. They sent their swabs to a laboratory to find the average number of viable bacteria and fungal cells per square inch, or colony-forming units...
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FAA slow to obey court’s order

Airlines continue to cram more seats in their aircraft. They not only reduce legroom, but also seat width: from 18.5 inches (47 cm) a decade ago to about 17 inches (43 cm) now. The number of emergency exits remains unchanged, so the time needed to evacuate a plane must have increased. Therefore, we already contacted the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on October 29, 2015 to ask questions about the safety aspect of the phenomenon of more and smaller seats in aircraft, whereas (in particular US) passengers continue to grow...
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TSA PreCheck is expanding

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a so-called TSA PreCheck program, which is an expedited screening program. It enables low-risk travelers to enjoy a smart and efficient screening experience at more than 200 US airports with 47 participating airlines nationwide. PreCheck travelers do not need to remove shoes and can leave laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets in their carry-on bag. It is as if you are traveling before 9/11. The PreCheck program first launched in October of 2011 and now over 200 US airports offer PreCheck.
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Air Canada does not care about passengers’ real identities

A Dutch reader of our website sent us his correspondence with Air Canada about check-in problems. When he tries to check in for his flight the system does not accept his name. Like many Dutch names his last name consists of 3 words with spaces in between. Thus, he cannot check in under his legal name. Therefore, he tries to do it under an illegal name by leaving out the spaces between the 3 words forming his last name. To his surprise the system accepts the illegal name that is...
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Is Trump responsible for gun violence?

Time and again Donald Trump proves that his intellectual ability makes him mentally unfit for the job of president of the USA. He believes that twittering is the best way to run a country. Small wonder that so far he could sign only one (1) bill into law: the tax reform bill. This makes him the most unproductive US president in modern history. It is sad and shocking that the tax reform law will benefit Trump and other rich people at the expense of social expenditure for low income brackets. In addition, it...
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2017 safest year in aviation history

In 2017 there were worldwide 10 fatal airliner accidents, 5 involving cargo flights and 5 passenger flights. This makes 2017 the safest year ever for commercial aviation, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). Both the number of airliner accidents and the number of fatalities were extremely low: 44 occupant fatalities and 35 persons on the ground. In 2016, ASN recorded 16 accidents and 303 lives lost. Given the worldwide air traffic of about 36,800,000 flights, the accident rate in 2017 was 1 fatal passenger flight accident per 7,360,000 flights. This...
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