Did we neglect to mention the $651 drop-off fee?

Jack Schneider thought the $430 rate for his European car rental from Hertz covered everything.

And it did. Except for one teensy surcharge: the $651 “drop off” fee that wasn’t included in the non-refundable, non-negotiable rate he’d paid Hotwire.

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Did TSA turn off its scanners again to keep things moving during the holidays?

That’s the question asked by Tom Westerman, who flew from JFK to Atlanta on Dec. 23 and returned the 30th. Both were among the busiest travel days of the year.

“We saw the scanners at both airports and they were just turned off,” he says. “I didn’t see anyone else going through them on other lines. At JFK they had a rope across them to prevent people from going through. At ATL we were just directed to go around them.”

When I heard from Westerman, my initial thought was: “Oh no, does this mean I have to write another post about the TSA?”

The topic is so old that media outlets are starting to recycle stories.

Then I flew on Jan. 1, and wouldn’t you know it — the Rapiscan Secure 1000s “backscatter” X-Ray machines were powered down and roped off at our screening area in Orlando, too.
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Kicked off my flight for sleeping with my eyes open

This is one of the most bizarre cases I’ve ever come across. Gregory Machon says he was kicked off his flight because he was sleeping. With his eyes open.

His condition, called nocturnal lagophthalmos, may affect somewhere between 4 and 20 percent of the population, so you would imagine the US Airways flight attendants who made the call to remove him from the flight had seen something like this before. Apparently not.

Here’s what happened to Machon: As he explains it, he was on a flight from Baltimore to Frankfurt last May. After boarding, he pressed the flight attendant call button because he wanted to see if he could move to a different seat. No one came, and as the plane taxied down the runway, he dozed off.

Except, his eyes were open.
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