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  1. Yes, many (perhaps all) driver's licenses are machine readable. On flights out of PHL, EWR, MCO, and JFK over the past year I have yet to see the TSA document checker do anything other than visually examine my ID. Given that, i can't imagine how there is any kind of data base check.
  2. That itinerary was our very first river cruise. Loved it and did all theIr European River itineraries since then. Not luxe physically, but service is top notch. Crew, particularly waitstaff, will know your name and your preferences in very short order. One difference you'll notice is that the groups are larger than on OAT trips. Basic things like loading and unloading bus will take longer.
  3. Points well taken Aquahound. You are correct (even though their job title includes "officer," they wear uniforms, have rank insignia, and have badge like designs embroidered on their shirts) they aren't LEOs. Why the uniform and paraphernalia? To have average folk think they are LEOs? I don't know whether there is much interaction between trainees in the various programs. Do you? My experience in similar training centers (mostly military and not recent) is that there isn't a lot of cross over. My take is that using the centralized training site was an effort to standardize screening after the bad publicity of the "Red Team" failure rate. Conveniently, FLETC had space to expand.
  4. TSA screener training may be collocated with the federal law enforcement facility but it is a separate academy solely for training TSA checkpoint screeners. It's two weeks, Monday to Friday. No weapons training, no physical fitness testing, and they do not become sworn LEOs upon completion. Interesting comparison to NJ State Police Academy runs six months for new hires. A 2018 GAO report (https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=813529) was rather critical of the TSA training.
  5. Who records the unique information the is written or encoded on the ID you present to the TSA screener? IME it's only eyeballed. You conveniently missed all my comments about the need for effective physical screenings. I find a lot of the screening techniques, like removing shoes and discarding water bottles unnecessary and ineffective. Yes screening weapons, explosives, and incendiaries is needed, but eyeballing an ID card isn't an element of this screening. Now before anyone jumps on the water bottle example, consider that many European airports use a machine to screen containers of liquids. They ask if you have any liquids, take it to the screening machine, and then return it to you to enjoy in the terminal or on the plane. Quite a contrast to the occasional jetway screenings where people who purchased items to drink are required to "voluntarily surrender" the contents.
  6. Nope, nope, nope! Going through an airport security screening in order to travel does not give law enforcement personnel reasonable suspicion of a crime. Plus, the airport security screeners are not even LEOs.
  7. That absurd dog whistle post did more than strain my credulity. Thank you for the fact finding.
  8. The hijackers on 9/11 had valid tickets and possessed valid ID. They also used items that were permissible, at that time, to carry onto an airplane to carry out their crimes. Being stricter about what could/couldn't be brought on board was a reasonable effective step in increasing security. Examining an ID document in minute detail without doing any real time data matching accomplishes nothing. Reread what I wrote about airlines. No where did I mention anything about airlines operating without government oversight as you imply. Let me restate my point, perhaps clearer this time. Matching airline tickets/boarding passes to ID allows the airline to prevent resale of tickets and pocket the money if you bought a ticket and can't use it. You can't sell your ticket to me, you eat the cost of your ticket and I have to buy mine from the airline. That's a revenue issue, not a security issue.
  9. This post was a pleasant surprise. Are you familiar with the acronym "TAB" (temporarily able bodied)? Any off us might require assistance in our day to day activities in the blink of an eye.
  10. Do you ever wonder why there needs to be a standard ID to get on an airplane or enter a public building? What purpose it serves? Admission of a public building should be for the public. If, as you say in another post, you empty your pockets, open your briefcase or have it xrayed, and walk through a scanner, how does showing ID (that isn't verified against a date base) add anything to security? Now a navy base, a school, or a bank aren't public buildings. The owner/operator can deem whatever they determine is needed as an acceptable admission criteria. An airline sells tickets, that ticket should be the document that allows access to the aircraft. If the airline wants to restrict that access to a named individual that's their business and they should bear the cost of enforcing the restriction.
  11. What does ID have to do with entering a courthouse or boarding a plane? If the gatekeepers perform an effective physical security screening who enters is immaterial. It's not that presenting an ID is a substitute for a physical screening in those settings.
  12. Jury pools are typically pulled from driver's license, property tax, and voter lists. Two of these don't require citizenship. REAL ID has nothing to do with airport or federal building security. After all, Tim McVeigh, Aaron Alexis, and Nadal Hasan were natural born US citizens who could have gotten REAL ID. In fact two of them possessed REAL ID compliant cards.
  13. When they do a terminal dump (very rare), the local LEOs get involved. No kisses, just more inconvenience.
  14. OK, here is some SSI (sensitive security information). Failure to apprehend the woman should have resulted in evacuating the terminal and rescreening everyone.
  15. Shop around. There are wide variation of fees from bank to bank in any given area. You might even find one that will process CC payments for low/no fee for tax exempt charitable organizations. Two museums we visited recently had no admission charge but had many of their employees set up with tablets and card readers to graciously accept contributions in lieu of admission. One in the UK and the other here in the States.
  16. It's a company phone, not a personal phone. Your card isn't swiped, the device reads the chip. You sign a receipt on the screen and get a copy of it electronically.
  17. Hmmm. Lately I see an increase in use of small credit card readers linked wirelessly to cell phones. My PT uses one and at two recent festivals many of the craft vendors had them. Also very common on food trucks around here.
  18. TSA asserts that their procedures and practices are SSI, sensitive security information. You really don't want me to disclose them on a non secure message board do you?
  19. Right now TSA has procedures to process people that do not have a compliant form of ID and allow them to fly. I have not seen anything that indicates these procedures will not be used once the date for REAL ID hits.
  20. 😭 Sadly, they are dying off more quickly than new ones are created. Lack of attendance might just be a sign that the free drinks perk takes away any incentive to go to an event with the primary purpose of getting free drinks. 🤔
  21. We have expat nieces. One of them seems to change countries a couple times a year. Amazon gift cards are perfect! They can be bought anywhere and are easy to send. Try that.
  22. IN all likelihood, the PD on the pre will be your PD on the rest of the trip. The only occasion we experienced anything different was when there were more people on the pre trip than there will be in each of the groups on the ship. If the pre trip group is smaller, then people will probably be added once the main trip starts. They seem to like similarly sized groups.
  23. We are regular GCT river cruisers and have done most of their European river cruises. Our only other river cruise was with Vantage. More recently we have done several of the small ship ocean/coastal cruises of their other brand, OAT. Both GCT & OAT have discussion forums on their website. Unfortunately few of those posters visit here. They certainly don't have a large footprint in the river cruise market. What I enjoy is their touring model. They use onboard program directors/tour leaders who each have a smaller group for the entire cruise as well as any hotel stay. They also utilize local guides as it seems all the other lines do. The PDs/TLs offer additional "learning and discovery" activities on shore. Also, as their cruises tend to be a longer duration for the same distance they overnight in a few cities which provides additional opportunities to explore.
  24. We are unable yet to reserve Six for our 12/1/19 cruise on the Bliss. How was entry into the theater handled on the recent cruises. Joe, Dig into your vinyl from the 70s and listen to this (both sides) just so you can compare.
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