Tell them what
you really think
It’s been almost five years since the Transportation Security Administration quietly began installing its so-called Advanced Imaging Technology — better known as full-body scanners — at airports nationwide. And now the government wants to know what you think of the machines.
In 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the TSA to engage in what’s known as notice-and-comment rulemaking on its use of the technology. Until June 24, you can share your opinion on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at the Federal Register website, https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/03/26/2013-07023/passenger-screening-using-advanced-imaging-technology.
In other words, air travelers can finally give the government a piece of their mind about the controversial scanners and the way they’re used at airports.
Depending on how the public responds, the TSA could either double down on its multibillion-dollar scanner program, or it could decommission the machines and impose alternate standards, including using metal detectors and explosive-trace detection screening.
Caribbean Air cuts service to Jamaica
Caribbean Airlines cut its schedule of roundtrip flights between Jamaica and North America operated under the Air Jamaica brand.
Air Jamaica will continue to serve Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, New York and Toronto, but with a reduced number of flights to each destination. Flights from Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando to Kingston and Montego Bay have been reduced from three times daily to once daily. Toronto and New York service has been reduced to twice daily.
Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines, which acquired Air Jamaica two years ago, said the capacity reduction to North America is part of cost-cutting measures.
United raises fees to change tickets
Changing your ticket on United Airlines will now cost more. The nation’s biggest airline upped its charge for making changes to domestic itineraries to $200, a $50 increase.
United also boosted its fee to $300 for changes to certain destinations in South America, up from $250. The change fee for other international itineraries, including to Asia and Europe, remain at $250.
United now has the highest change fee for domestic tickets among the country’s five biggest airlines. American, Delta and US Airways each charge $150 for changing to nonrefundable tickets. Southwest, the largest carrier of domestic passengers, has no change fee.
Tour sites of Bleeding Kansas era
The National Park Service is offering free bus tours of Topeka sites tied to the Bleeding Kansas era and the civil rights movement.
Tours of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site began last week. Ninety-minute tour begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The featured stops tell a messy racial story that begins in 1854, when Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed settlers to decide for themselves whether to permit slavery. Fighting ensued as people for and against slavery rushed to the Kansas Territory.
A century later, the Topeka Board of Education was involved in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
Strip to get
Las Vegas is trying to beat its reputation as a shut-in.
MGM Resorts International says it’s building a park and public promenade outside of its New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos.
The $100 million project runs counter to casinos’ long-held strategy of trying to keep people inside, losing track of time as they buy more chips and flit from one pricey attraction to the next.
The public park will feature trees, benches, food trucks and shops. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks and last through 2014.
MGM CEO Jim Murren said he was inspired by New York City’s Madison Square Park.
“We’re not going to play Frisbee on the Great Lawn, but I would describe it as a city park with a dramatic boulevard,” he said.
Tourists will be able to stroll over a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, relax in a beer garden, and enjoy a cone of frozen custard from Shake Shack, an upscale burger stand that has become a New York favorite.