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TSA is Finding Guns at an Alarming Rate

People don’t give the TSA enough credit for the hard job they are trying to do. Can you imagine being in charge of keeping the millions of Americans and visitors safe while traveling and the intense pressure that must be? The TSA confiscates guns, knives and other dangerous weapons daily and the number of guns is increasing at alarming rates.

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People don’t give the TSA enough credit for the hard job they are trying to do. Can you imagine being in charge of keeping the millions of Americans and visitors safe while traveling and the intense pressure that must be? The TSA confiscates guns, knives and other dangerous weapons daily and the number of guns is increasing at alarming rates.

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has been around since we were attacked in September of 2001 and they have done a great job keeping us all safe.  Most people have no idea the crazy stuff people try to sneak through security at airports and luckily TSA has an awesome Instagram account to show us all. You have to follow @TSA for the craziest pictures of prohibited items that are found throughout the country’s airports.

 

Last week the TSA announced on their blog that the record for firearms found at security screeners in a day was broken. The TSA found 21 firearms in people’s carry-on bags and that beat the old record of 18 set back in 2014. That’s crazy, what the heck is going on here? They confiscated 79 guns in total for the entire week. That’s more than 10 guns a day found at security checkpoints. Of these 79 guns found, 68 were loaded with a bullet in the chamber, ready to fire. That means people are arriving at a federal airport ready for war. This should be alarming to most of you. I’m sure gun nuts won’t blink an eye at these stats but it is shocking to me.

If you think the guns are bad, in the same week a replica suicide bomb was found in a passenger’s checked bag in El Paso, TX. Why was this passenger flying with a fake suicide bomber vest? Passengers also tried to sneak smoke grenades, stun guns, loaded magazines, countless knives and hidden cane swords.

Recently the TSA has said publically that they aren’t looking for drugs anymore at security checkpoints but if they find them they will contact the proper authorities. This was made policy because passengers are bringing more and more guns aboard planes and it’s getting harder for agents to patrol.

Can you imagine what people are thinking bringing loaded weapons on airplanes? Are they trying to take the law into their own hands? Just a few months ago an American shot up the Ft. Lauderdale Airport with a weapon he legally checked into his bags. What is going on in this world where people need to fly with weapons?

TSA should be recognized for their hard work and tireless fight against these numbnuts who are trying to sneak weapons on planes. We should stop complaining about the long lines at security and instead applaud these agents for their hard work and continued vigilance at keeping us all safe. Until people stop trying to bring these dangerous items on board commercial airlines, we will need TSA to continue to fight the good fight and keep the air safe and weapons free.

Fly safe thanks to the tireless work of TSA all across the United States.

 

Photos courtesy of Totsi, UPI, TSA blog, Gizmodo, CNN

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The Most Improper Etiquette Practiced In-Flight

Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker.  Surveying […]

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Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker. 

Surveying over 1000 people Expedia found the biggest in-flight pet peeves that every traveler can relate to. Here are the results:

  1. The rear seat kicker
  2. Inattentive parents
  3. The aromatic passenger
  4. The audio insensitive
  5. The boozer
  6. Chatty Cathy
  7. The queue jumper
  8. Seat-back guy
  9. The armrest hog
  10. Pungent foodies
  11. The undersser
  12. The amorous
  13. The mad bladder
  14. The single and ready to mingle

 

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Things You Should Never Say To A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to […]

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Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to help. 

The job of a Flight Attendant is to keep you safe and comfortable and can be stressful on the best of days, but unruly and rude passengers just make the job so much harder.  From rude statements to questions that they have no way of knowing the answer to, here are some things that you never want to say to a Flight Attendant.

“I need to use the toilet before we take off.” This is against regulations, once the seatbelt light is on you must stay put. 

“Can you lift my bag for me?” This is not the Flight Attendant’s job, when packing you should make sure your bag is not too heavy for you to lift. 

“I’ll put my phone on airplane mode in a minute.” This is a requirement and Flight Attendants must ask you to do this. Be nice and comply

“They let me the last time I flew.” Whether or not this is true your Flight Attendant won’t appreciate this ploy. Their job is to enforce the rules, and most do.

“Can you watch my kids for me?” Flight Attendants are not babysitters and you shouldn’t expect them to be. 

“Why are we delayed?” “Will I make my connection?” These are the types of questions that the Flight Attendant has no way of having the answer to. If you have a cell phone you can find those answers yourself with a handy app.

A few more handy tips on the proper treatment of your Flight Attendant. Don’t treat her like a waitress because she isn’t. Her job is to keep you safe, not to cater to your needs. And don’t call your Flight Attendant a “Stewardess”, this term is outdated and sexist. And don’t hit on her, you aren’t in a bar.

 

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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

Enjoy the full article at NomadicMatt

Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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