TSA Is Testing Enhanced Electronics Screening…..May Lead To New Policies

TSA Is Testing Enhanced Electronics Screening…..May Lead To New Policies

The TSA has announced a trial program focused on increasing the scrutiny of electronic devices that are brought aboard aircraft.

The experiment has been quietly launched at 10 airports throughout the USA and requires passengers to unpack any electronic device larger than a phone, and place the devices in a separate screening bin.

The TSA hopes to prove that the increased security measures will not lead to increased wait times at Security Checkpoints.    Their belief is that if passengers remove all electronic devices from the bags, it leaves little room for misunderstandings.   For example in my own travels, I’ve experienced some airports requiring iPads to be removed, while other airports said iPads could be left in a bag.    With one consistent system-wide rule, it might actually decrease screening delays due to bags needing to be rescreened because there are no clear set of rules.

Personally, I’m not sure why the TSA has to go through ordeal of retooling something that hasn’t caught anyone trying to bring an explosive aboard a plane inside of an electronics device.   It seems like they are trying to fix something that isn’t broken.   I don’t see where anything substantial would be gained as far improving the screening process is concerned.  But that’s just me.

For those of us in the PreCheck program, rest easy.    The enhanced screening will not apply to PreCheck members.

As of now, the following airports are part of the TSA’s trial and testing of this new concept:

  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)


BRUSSELS AIRLINES To Update Fleet With New A330s & New Cabins!

BRUSSELS AIRLINES To Update Fleet With New A330s & New Cabins!

Brussels Airlines has announced plans to retire the majority of their existing A330 aircraft and replace them with brand new A330s as it seeks to update its fleet.    According to their strategy, 7 of their 10 A330s will be swapped for new ones during 2018 and 2019.

What makes this an even bigger deal is the fact that along with the new aircraft,’SN’ will introduce an entirely new cabin interior.    Business Class, Economy Privilege, and Economy will all receive substantial facelifts.

Though specifics have not yet been decided upon, I suspect the new cabin interiors will be in line with the new cabins that will be introduced by Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian beginning in 2018.    LH Group had previously stated that they have the desire to create a standardized cabin across the Group’s airlines.   With Brussels now being a wholly owned division of LH Group, it stands to reason that Brussels Airlines will benefit from the strategy.

I look forward to seeing what ‘SN’ comes up with when the new birds begin joining the fleet.   I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing their wonderful Business Class product and am curious how they’ll make it even better!

BOSTON Will See More Of LUFTHANSA’s A350 During The Winter

BOSTON Will See More Of LUFTHANSA’s A350 During The Winter

Lufthansa has updated their Winter 17/18 timetable to reflect an increase of A350 use between Munich and Boston.   Before this update, LH planned to send the A350 to Boston only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

With the latest update, the A350 will now fly daily between Munich and Boston at least for February and March.    So between February 3 and March 28, passengers will be able to enjoy the newest aircraft type in the fleet.

As it stands now the A350 will still fly the route daily from October 29 to December 1, but for the height of the holiday season in December and January, the A346 will do the heavy lifting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays.