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Want to create problems? Arm the TSA

The recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport has raised questions about how airport security can be improved, specifically, whether Transportation Security Administration airport screeners should be armed. In part, this reflects the natural tendency to examine every terrible event with a view of how to prevent its recurrence. But it also reflects the desire […]

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Flying the less-friendly skies

One in an occasional series on the changing nature of work. Long ago — I’m talking in the 1960s — “stewardesses” were taught how to walk up stairs in heels and how to blow out a match after lighting a passenger’s cigarette. They were issued pillbox hats and little white gloves. Their glamour was a […]

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Top 10 beaches in Maine

For beautiful sandy beaches, great lobster and amazing seascapes, the Maine coastline is hard to beat – especially for families Just 20 minutes south-east of Portland, this 1.6km crescent-shaped, dune-backed beach is a favourite with young families, who appreciate the gentle surf, lifeguards, restrooms, snack bar and shady picnic area. It’s also popular among beach […]

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Top 10 national parks in California

Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood … California’s national and state parks are home to some of the most iconic views and landscapes on the planet. Here’s how to explore them It sounds like a place to avoid, but don’t let the ominous name scare you away. Most of the year, this vast and rugged […]

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TSA PreCheck Set to Take Off at 60 More Airports

The TSA’s PreCheck program is set to expand to 60 more airports this year, reports Reuters. So how can you take advantage of it? The Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program is already available at 40 airports, and with the upcoming expansion, it will soon operate at 100 airports in 40 states, along with Guam […]