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Economic aspects of terrorism

“Understanding the economic aspects of terrorism can help to prevent or to mitigate terrorism”, writes Michael D. Intriligator in the January 2010 issue of Economic Inquiry. A professor emeritus of the University of California at Los Angeles and a former president of the Western Economic Association International, Intriligator presents important conclusions: - The Bush administration made the classic mistake of generals fighting the last war as opposed to the current war by concentrating too much on airports and airplanes and by creating an ineffectual bureaucracy in US Department of Homeland (DHS).   - DHS...
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Who is afraid of a mouse?

I flew Swiss and was working on my laptop during flight. However, a flight attendant told me that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations prohibit the use of a wireless mouse onboard. This information was neither included in the safety card nor in the safety video. Moreover, it was the first time ever that a flight attendant told me I cannot use a wireless mouse. Thus, I wonder whether she was right. Can you tell? Lars Feltmann   Airline Passenger Guru’s answer: FAA regulations do not prohibit the use of a wireless mouse during flight. However, this does not necessarily imply...
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How draconic can security measures be?

The panic in the USA has given rise to erratic and in some respects draconic security measures. A funny Canadian video shows that even more draconic security measures could be possible. Presumably, panicking US officials may not be amused by the video. Hopefully, however, it will not inspire them to implement this kind of measures....
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Drunk steals plane at airshow

Kyle Franklin is a pilot with the skill to appear to fly very badly, but he has got incredible control. Watch this video.

Franklin is married to Amanda Younkin, who manages Franklin’s Flying Circus and Younkin Airshows. Kyle is the pilot, although Amanda can fly as well.

Their website features a dozen clips of the circus in action at Franklin’s Flying Circus Video Page. The videos are amazing. Enjoy watching them.

Flying Circus...
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Can you through-check your bag if you change planes in the USA?

Most travelers who need to change planes would like to through-check their bags. Airline Passenger Guru wrote this is not possible for travelers to the USA. They must pick up their bag and declare it at the point of entry. Thus, if they have a connecting flight they must check their bag again for that flight. This article raised some comments.   Jesper Markussen writes that Delta offers through-checking if all your flights are Delta flights. He adds that you can fly Copenhagen-Atlanta-Cancun and pickup your bag in Cancun. Werner Keppl suggests that Airline Passenger Guru clarify this. We repeatedly asked Delta...
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Can I be denied boarding?

Recently, I traveled with a KLM-ticket from Antwerp. The first part to Amsterdam was by train (the Thalys). When I showed my KLM-ticket in Antwerp I received my train ticket in a few minutes. I was late and if it had taken more time I had missed my train, so that someone should have taken me by car to Amsterdam. At check-in the KLM agent in Amsterdam asked me to show my train ticket. Fortunately, I had not yet thrown it away and could show it. When I asked why, the agent said that she could not have...
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