This change, which will be effective beginning April 25, has caused an uproar with several flight attendants.
The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants said that the change is "designed to make the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer," according to Fox News.
The president of the union, Stacy K. Martin, said, "while we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin," in an article in the Los Angeles Times.
A statement by the TSA made online today about the decision states the different items that are now allowed and the requirements for such.
"This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives,” the statement also included.
The blades of the knives that will be allowed on flight must be no longer than 2.36 inches. Box-cutter type knives, razors, and knives with molded handles will still be banned.
The railroad is generally considered to be a big reason this country grew as much as it has from coast to coast. You can thank all of those Chinese slaves for that.
Now the railroad can also be blamed for f—king with your plans this Friday night or Saturday morning, if said plans just happened to involve driving on Interstate 10 east of Tucson.
Demolition of an old and, apparently, too low-hanging Union Pacific Railroad bridge requires the closure of I-10 between State Route 83 and State Route 90 from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Because of the closure, motorists still on the road and heading toward that area during that time will be directed on a 67-mile (!!!!) detour down through Sonoita and Whetstone to get back onto I-10.
Hear those places are lovely during the witching hours at the start of an early March weekend.
This detour is supposedly old-hat for many long-haul truckers, who because of the lack of clearance caused by this old bridge routinely have to make this detour when traveling I-10. Another reason I've probably not pulled the trigger on that long-harbored dream of being an 18-wheeled road warrior.
In case you hadn't noticed — and since no one is as attentive toward such minutiae as I, you hadn't — a small facet of a road sign replacement project on Interstate 19 has actually slightly altered the speeds at which you can legally travel.
Since May the Arizona Department of Transportation has been using a $1.6 million federal allocation to
replace slightly older upgrade "regulatory, warning, speed limit and some guidance signs" along north- and southbound I-19, according to ADOT spokeswoman Linda Ritter.
While no changes are being made in regards to the long-discussed-but-currently-dead-in-the-water plan to shift the signage from kilometers to miles, placement of some of the new signs has in effect lengthened some stretches where drivers can go 75 mph before having rapidly decelerate to 65 mph.
Previously the "speed break" between the Papago exit to nowhere and the exit for San Xavier Road on northbound I-10 was just north of Papago. Now the first indication you're going too fast and need to quickly cut down to 65 mph comes just before the bridge over the Santa Cruz River. Or, in other terms, a lot closer to where a DPS cruiser could be sitting up near San Xavier.
The same scenario now exists between Canoa Ranch Road and Continental Road on the south end of Green Valley. No such "speed break" changes happened going southbound, so your attempts to flee the country haven't legally become quicker.
So, to sum up: while you can technically go a little faster for a little longer heading up from Nogales, when you do approach these slow-down areas you're more likely to run into some law enforcement heat sooner into your deceleration.
Okay, now back to focusing on things that really matter in life. Like which Happy Hour to go to this evening.
Story by Brandon T. Bishop/Scicats
An international group of researchers used a new statistical approach to try to solve a long-disputed mystery—the birthplace of the Indo-European language family.
For many years, most linguists and archaeologists supported an area in the Eurasian steppe north of the Black Sea. A minority of scholars, however, favored an origin in central Anatolia in what is now modern Turkey.
English, Spanish, Russian, Hindi and many other languages in Europe and South Asia all share a common ancestor once spoken near the Black Sea. These languages, which belong to the Indo-European family, are now spoken on every continent. In fact, almost one of every two people on Earth speaks one of these languages.
But on my recent trip across Northern Peru, I hit the wall when it comes to one aspect of Peruvian dining. Perhaps I’m getting a bit older and set in my ways, but chicken-feet soup for breakfast, which was the only thing available along one especially long trek through the Andes, finally did me in. I ate it anyway — personal weaknesses are no reason to insult the cook, after all — but the memory of chicken feet floating around in oily broth has been plaguing me for days.
It was good to experience this. Good travel teaches us as much about ourselves as it does about the places we visit. It was shocking to realize how much I craved a fried-egg sandwich after only a few short weeks, and how I was plotting to craft my own breakfast burrito as soon as I had access to a kitchen. Food, it seems, has as much, or maybe even more, to do with our comfort than the place we lay our head at night.
On a side note, Peru is currently experiencing a bit of a culinary renaissance thanks to chef Gastón Acurio, which will be fun to watch as the years roll on. Due to the country's amazing variety of landscape—from oceanside beach towns to deep Amazonian jungle villages, and everything between—the food is some of the most varied I've ever experienced. It seems it will only be a matter of time before American chefs catch on and start infusing their menus with some of the incredible flavors the country has to offer.
Christine Farrugia is a retired government worker, but she isn't taking it easy just yet. She's on a mission to teach and raise money for children by biking around the world. She started off in California and will be in Tucson through early next week. At noon on Monday, Jan. 2, she will be at Fairwheel Bikes, 1110 E. Sixth St. to talk about her journey. Future stops include Houston, New Orleans, Orlando and Miami as well as Cape Town, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe. Visit www.projectmiracleco.org for details.
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Christine Farrugia is currently riding her bike, alone, around the world. Beginning early December with an event that included the Mayor of Pasenda and many others seeing her off. The 56 year old retired government worker with over 20 years of teaching is peddling her way to a year-long bicycle ride around the world to raise awareness and money for Children’s issues.
Ms. Farrugia had an epiphany recently, a seed of an idea that came from one of her students. An avid traveler and sometime bicyclist (to school and back), a student asked "if she had ever ridden her bicycle around the world"? It was at that moment that she realized that she had an opportunity to make her classroom much larger than just the standard four walls. With over 20 years experience teaching she will embark on a bicycle ride around the world. Christine has begun the year long trek that will take her from California to major cities and small towns across the US to Asia, Europe, South America and everywhere in-between.
As Christine sees it, it's more than just a bike trip around the world-"I will be teaching via Youtube videos. I am working with a teacher at Hillsides who will show the video once a month with Q & A with the kids, the teacher will email me the questions and I answer the questions on the next video. My goal is to do this in every school in the world."For Christine Farrugia, this is a chance to teach children the world over about the importance of exercise, determination and that anyone (even an ordinary person) can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it. She has also established the Project Miracle Co, (organized solely to raise funds for established children's charities) that will be the direct beneficiary of the media attention her bike ride will generate.
Probably to try to convince people that their luggage handlers don't randomly beat the crap out of your stuff, Delta Airlines made a suitcase with six cameras mounted inside to show the journey your bag takes when you fly between Atlanta and New York.
The video's sort of interesting, but it's made far better by adding a great song by Tycho as the soundtrack. So, even if you don't care about behind-the-scenes airport stuff, chill out to "Hours" for two minutes and 43 seconds.
This looks like it would be a lot of fun in Rocky Point.
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