Ten Tips for Airport Luggage Security

Ten Tips for Airport Luggage Security

If you’re like me, you’ve seen the TV promos for the show on the Travel Channel called Baggage Battles dealing with three teams traveling to lost luggage auctions around the world trying to score bargains. Maybe you’ve even watched the show,  or you can identify with the concept because you’ve lost luggage during an air trip. And maybe you’ve heard of the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Arkansas, where contents of unclaimed luggage is put up for sale. According to their website, only one-half of one percent of luggage checked on domestic airlines doesn’t arrive at the same time as the passenger. And, they also say, ninety-five percent of that misdirected baggage finds its way home within five days. So, even though,...

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Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

What is it about anticipating a vacation trip that makes you pop awake at an unsuitably early hour and immediately start thinking through a checklist of things to do/pack/take care of before leaving? Having an 8:10 am flight didn’t help any, either. We were mostly packed already and just had to throw in last minute crap, load the car, and flush all the toilets one more time and leave the lids up so the cat would have plenty of water. Yeah, he likes to drink out of the … well, you get it. Security was pretty crowded at the Southwest gates but moved pretty well despite one lane being closed. Most personnel were polite although some acted a bit more ‘important’ than others. This was the first time I had to actually go through one of the...

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Visit to Washington, DC October 2011 – Part Two

Visit to Washington, DC October 2011 – Part Two

Our only full day in the DC area, Saturday, was bright and clear, if a little breezy.  After our included-in-the-price breakfast at the hotel, we took their shuttle to the nearest Metro stop, Shady Grove.  This is the end of the line in Maryland, actually one end of the Red Line.  If you’ve ever ridden the subway in NY or London or Paris or Rome you’re familiar with the color coding these services use.  Maps for the Washington Metro are available here: http://www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm It’s a reasonably priced ride – our tickets were $3 one way for each of us.  Because Washington is newer, it has the cleanest and roomiest facilities.  We had to change trains at Metro Center and catch the Blue Line to the Smithsonian stop, but all...

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