My passport is not “machine readable.” There goes my birthday trip!

What’s the first thing you should do when you plan an international trip?

If you said “Confirm the validity of your passport and investigate the visa requirements of the country you’ve decided to visit,” then maybe you know Thomas LaViolette. Read more “My passport is not “machine readable.” There goes my birthday trip!”

TSA Watch: That was some birthday party — got anything for this hangover?

Now that’s what I call a birthday party.

The TSA’s publicity machine spent the last several days in self-congratulation mode, describing all of the wonderful things that have happened — and I guess more to the point, not happened — since its creation 10 years ago.
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TSA Watch: Is the TSA’s 10th birthday cause for celebration?

Happy birthday, TSA.

The federal agency charged with protecting the nation’s transportation systems turns 10 Nov. 19. And although its supporters will probably spend the coming days talking about its apparent successes, including the absence of a 9/11 sequel, the question of whether we’re better off with this fledgling $8 billion-a-year federal agency remains very much unanswered.
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“Is this a scam?”

Oh, look. A free airline ticket for my birthday!

Ed Lawrence wants to know: “Is this a scam?”
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Aren goes into space

It’s Aren Elliott’s sixth birthday, and his brother Iden wants to send him into outer space. What better place to try than at Kennedy Space Center? Here’s their adventure.