Category Archives: Air Travel

Golden Rule trumps ADA

As I approached an area business building housing several businesses, including a bank, last fall, I noticed the handicapped parking and ramp. Then, I tried to open the heavy door and wondered, “How is a person in a wheel chair expected to open that door?”

I bothered to ask at a business inside for the building owner’s name and number. The owner was cordial enough on the phone until I suggested a door opener for those needing assistance. He said in a defensive tone that his doors were set to the correct pounds of pressure and that he was not required to have a door opener. If the tenants wanted to get one on their own, he would allow it, he said.
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Airport security is still scary

Airport security is scary despite TSA changes.

The Transportation Security Administration softened guidelines for passengers 12 and younger in November. In March, passengers over 75 in select lanes at four airports can keep on their shoes and light jackets and no pat-downs are required.

Yet, airport security still causes fear.

Take a woman traveling alone on a one-way ticket without baggage. Suddenly she is flagged as a terrorist risk. This happened to me. Agents pulled me aside and detained me for a long time while they hand-searched my scanned carry-ons and scrutinized and chemically scanned my film camera for explosives. They almost opened my camera and ruined my film. Their big discovery was I had glycerin on my camera from my hand lotion.
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