TSA expanding fast-screening program
The government is expanding the ways airline passengers can enroll in an expedited screening program that allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.
Under the Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program, only travelers who were members of the frequent flier programs of some air carriers were eligible for expedited screening.
But by the end of the year, according to TSA Administrator John Pistole, all U.S. citizens will be able to enroll in the program online or visit an enrollment site to provide identification, fingerprints and an $85 enrollment fee.
About 12 million people are currently enrolled in the program.
Pistole said he expects about another 3 million people to enroll before the end of the year.
Travel guidebook writers Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline will resume publishing books this fall in a new partnership with Publishers Group West, part of The Perseus Books Group.
FrommerMedia will launch with 20 titles in a new series, “EasyGuides,” and 10 revised and updated new editions from the Frommers’ “Day-by-Day” series, previously published by Wiley. The books will be published in paper and as e-books starting in October.
The development is the latest twist for the brand, which Wiley sold to Google in 2012. Arthur Frommer reacquired the brand at age 83 in April.
Canadian carrier WestJet said it will begin nonstop service between Miami and Calgary on Oct. 28. The service will be offered four days a week until Dec. 14, then daily except Sunday.
Pearl Harbor taking tour reservations online
The Pearl Harbor Historic Site website is now able to take reservations for all four Pearl Harbor destinations that include the Battleship Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum, USS Bowfin Submarine and the USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour.
In addition, visitors can now purchase the popular Pearl Harbor full day and half day tours. www.PearlHarborHistoricsites.org.
Honolulu says butts out
Smoking at beaches, parks and bus stops on Oahu will be prohibited next year.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed two bills last week that ban smoking starting Jan. 1 at bus stops and parks, including beaches, playgrounds, swimming pools and athletic fields.
Before the bans take effect on Jan. 1, city officials will post signs and inform residents and tourists.