TSA & The Newest in Aviation Security

Just this past week TSA announced new screening procedures for carry-on luggage. Evidently there has been a heightened need for security after an issue with LapTops in the middle east.

So to address this new possible threat passengers will be asked to remove all electronic items that are larger than a cell phone and place them in a screening bin, each one in it’s own bin which will help security officers to have a better vision of individual electronic items.

Such items might include a kindle, an Ipad, a camera, a camera lens, a bluetooth speaker and anything else that is larger than a cell phone and is of an electronic nature.

These increased measures are already in place at the following domestic airports:

  • Boise Airport (BOI)
  • Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB)
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Passengers enrolled in TSA PreCheck and Global Entry are exempt from these new measures. They are not required to remove liquids, shoes, electronics, laptops, belts or lighter outerwear. TSA PreCheck identifies low risk passengers which then allows TSA to concentrate their efforts on higher risk passengers.

There are no new restrictions on what travelers can bring through the security checkpoints. But people will be encouraged to better organize their carry-on items to expedite the security process. One method that I have been using for years is to use the Ziploc baggies to organize everything from pens, change,  video cards, and other small items to cords for electronic items. This makes it easier to pack and organize these items but also helps in being able to find them without them becoming tangled.

Increased security is not a bad thing. It helps us to get to our destinations unscathed and ready for the next awesome adventure.

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Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

Yesterday I happened to be out at Fort Williams Park where there is The Portland Head Light. I had intended to do a live video while I was standing there in front of one of the most visited and photographed lighthouses but alas Facebook sent me a message that I couldn’t do that because I had no internet connection. But I had my video camera with me so I did that instead.

The Portland Head Light is actually in the town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and is now ensconced in Fort Williams Park which encompasses 90 acres with several Historical sites and lots of activities.

The Lighthouse itself was originally just 72 feet tall and was first lit on 10 January 1791 with sixteen whale oil lamps. Over many years updates were installed at the lighthouse site including a keepers quarters, a metal stairway and a “4th order Fresnel lens.”

On 7 August 1989 the now 92 foot tall lighthouse was decommissioned and fully automated. The United States Coast Guard is responsible for the lighthouse and fog horn functions but the remainder of the site and the park is managed by the town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

LightHouse View

The park is expansive and the views of Cushing Island, Ram Island and the Ram Island Ledge Light Station as well as the boats and ships traveling the channel to and from Portland are just amazing. It’s a great place to visit. 

If you’re really into lighthouses Maine Open Lighthouse Day takes place this year on Saturday 9 September 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. During this event the public gets the rare opportunity to climb and learn about over twenty-four Maine Lighthouses. The event is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.




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