»»TSA Pre Avaliable at Washington Dulles and Newark Airports

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Newark’s Airport (EWR) have been added to the TSA Pre™ pilot program, in the past days.

Last Sept. 25, TSA announced select frequent travelers of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler members can now try TSA Pre at Washington Dulles International Airport. IAD is currently the only airport in the country that has a checkpoint dedicated to TSA Pre passengers — it is located in the center of the departures level of the main terminal.

Last Sept 19, TSA announced Newark’s EWR airport will begin offering the program to United select frequent flyers and CBP Trusted Traveler members.

TSA Pre is a program that allows U.S. passengers traveling on domestic flights to expedite their screening experience — i.e. to keep their shoes and belts on, and keep their laptops in their bags — if they opt in.
TSA Pre is currently available in 26 U.S. airports and operational with five airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways.
Last Sept 25, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the agency has screened more than 3 million travelers through TSA Pre lanes.

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»»Remedies for Business Travel Stress

It’s well known that traveling for business brings with it dangers of a stress overload.  Jet lag as well as other stress chemicals caused from a business trip produce cortisol and adrenaline and are responsible for a lack of of serotonin.
The best way to combat this is light exercise and breathing fresh air according to Neil Shah director of The Stress Management Society.

– Breathing technique
It is very important to take slow deep breaths. A breathing technique is at the top of the tips list suggested by The Stress Management Society to relieve stress during journeys.

– Medicament
To cope with a lack of serotonin, experts suggest taking an enzyme called tryptophan. 100mg dose a day (two tablets) helps to produce enough serotonin to regulate sleep patterns, appetite and your mood. If sleeping is your main problem while traveling, melatonin taken in a 2mg dose can be a solution.

– Food
Proper nutrition can relieve stress during journeys. Opt for healthy foods that are easily absorbed by the body. Avoid eating fatty, greasy food, opt for salads and vegetables instead. Eat foods that are high in omega 3 and B6 / B.

– Drink
As the stress of traveling makes the body dehydrate very quickly, staying hydrated is key during a trip. So, don’t drink alcoholic beverages while traveling and avoid caffeine and sugar.

– Dressing
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Pack light and don’t try to have a different outfit or pair of business shoes for every day.

– Mindset
Take the trip with the right mindset. Look at each trip as something from which you can learn and improve your life. Don’t think just about your work, take advantage of new places you’re visiting to incorporate wider interests into your trip.
(source: CNN)

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»»TSA Will Not Change Shoe Policy for the Foreseeable Future

Fliers must continue to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints in the United States.
The Transportation Security Administration said it rejected four different scanning devices allowing travelers to keep their footwear on at checkpoints, because they failed to adequately detect explosives and metal weapons during tests at various airports, according to The New York Times.

Last September, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said research and development on shoe-friendly scanning machines was progressing and that fliers would eventually be able to keep their shoes on.
But, now 11 months later, TSA says it rejected all four devices tested at the airports.
The New York Times quoted TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein as saying “But overall, the machines we tested didn’t detect all the materials we were looking for, […] taking off shoes is going to be a part of air travel for the foreseeable future,”.

In the United States, just a small minority of fliers — including elderly, children and approved passengers from a TSA’s prescreening program — are sometimes allowed to go through security screenings without taking off their shoes.

According to the trade group U.S. Travel Association, passengers say they hate removing their shoes more than pat-downs and full body scans.

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»»Health Advice for Female Business Travelers

Women account for approximately 45% of the business travel market, according to a study by International SOS, a leading medical and security services company operating in 70 countries.
The International SOS’s report identified as priority issues for female business travelers, the following areas: sexual and opportunistic crime threads, managing cultural sensitivities and understanding local health systems and risks.

The company also provides some health advice specific for women traveling abroad.

About contraception issues, consider taking sanitary supplies with you as they may be unavailable in some countries and cultures. Anyway, discuss your contraception with your doctor in advance.

About pregnancy, if you’re planning to travel while pregnant, make an appointment with your doctor before you depart.
Some airlines could require a letter from your doctor confirming your pregnancy. Also make sure, your travel health insurance covers pregnancy-related problems and neonatal care.

Pregnant women should avoid destinations higher than 12,000 feet — the effects of this altitude on an unborn baby are unknown  — as well as malarial zones — pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria, even when taking anti-malarial drugs.

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»»Clear Resumes Operations at SFO

Clear the program which provides frequent-fliers with access to special airport security fast lanes, resumed operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The program shut service in 2009 when the company — Verified Identity Pass — which had been running it went out of business.

For an annual fee of $179, Clear members, are supplied with identity cards allowing them to access to designated airport lanes to get faster security checks.

With the addition of San Francisco International Airport, the current version of Clear program has lanes at three U.S. airports — the others are Orlando and Denver. Alclear, the company running this new version of Clear, has plans to start service at Dallas/Fort Worth airport next June.

At the time of the 2009 shutdown Clear had dedicated lanes at 20 U.S. airports. With the shutdown more than 250,000 frequent fliers lost the privilege to benefit of special security lanes.

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