Category Archives: Safety and Security

How useful are air marshals?

air marshalThe Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has investigated the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), which is part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The conclusion is shocking, but doesn't come as a surprise. Air marshals are not very useful as half of the FAMS budget could be put to better use.

Inefficient use of funds

According to the Inspector General's report, no less than $394 million (€349 million) in funds could be spent better. The total FAMS budget amounts to...
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North Korean-like statistics in Washington

Trump live on TVDonald Trump said on live TV that he owns the government shutdown and will take the blame. But later on more and more Americans sure enough blame him for the emerging harmful effects and that the safety is at stake. So he walks back and blames the Democrats.

Berlin Wall

Trump wants a border wall alleging that it aims at protecting the American people. In a distant past this made sense. The Chinese built their Great Walls as early as the 7th century BC. In the Middle Ages...
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Trump puts flyers’ safety at risk for political gain

Waiting times at security check points at US airports rapidly get longer. The US Transportation Security Administration closed security checkpoints at airports around the USA the past weekend.

Calling in sick

The TSA is experiencing a national rate of 7.6% unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2% rate 1 year ago. The number of TSA security officers calling in sick increased by more than half. TSA employees missed their first paycheck on January 11, 2019. Those are some of the consequences of Donald Trump's government shutdown.

Security checkpoints closed

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Trump kicked out of Bavaria

If the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) kept airline passengers safe, Donald Trump has changed that. He said live on TV that he was proud to shutdown the government and would not blame the Democrats. "I own the shutdown," he said.

Trump backtracks

Meanwhile, Americans are experiencing many disturbing effects of the shutdown. As a result, Trump backtracked. He now seems less proud of the shutdown and, indeed, is blaming the democrats for it.

Dodging the draft

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How turbulence looks like

Following our previous article we now share a video posted by It shows a striking example of a severe turbulent area with rain at Birmingham airport in the UK. First, a Flybe Embraer tries to land, but has to go around as the crosswinds are too strong. Next, an easyJet Airbus approaches the airport and does the same. It does not even try a second time, but diverts straight to Stansted. But then an Emirates Airbus 380 -...
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No more turbulence?

Severe turbulence in an airplane is not only inconvenient, it may also be dangerous. Overhead bins may open and baggage items may fall on passengers' heads. Also, items may fly through the cabin. Watch a video about severe turbulence on an Aeroflot flight. Cases of extreme turbulence have caused injuries to passengers and flight attendants. Although pilots try to avoid flying through turbulent areas, they do not always know they are approaching such an area. In those cases they simply cannot fly around the turbulent area and turbulence occurs...
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