We can reach someone across the world at lightening speed via instant message, Skype, Face Time and the like; but let’s face it (no pun intended) on the other hand, the price we pay for these conveniences is extremely high.
The $100 bill is undergoing a sort of bill-lift to enhance the security of the bill because counterfeiters have become advanced enough to duplicate the bills with high effectiveness.
The bill is set to hit the market in October and will still bear Benjamin Franklin’s face, according to CNBC.
*In January, we brought you a viral video of a mall cop in Georgia that took his job too seriously and tasered a belligerent woman in front of her and her friend’s kids outside the mall.
Well, now he’s in trouble with the law himself and the heroic image he once held with his internet fans, has been tarnished.
Darien Long, is facing battery charges for two separate incidents because of his overly aggressive use of his taser on his job as Atlanta, Georgia’s Metro Mall security.
Police reports state that Long could not support his claims of warning Marcus Purnell not to come back to the mall before he assaulted him.
*It’s a wonder that many of the speeches given by the president and other government officials go over without a hitch.
Remember when the journalist threw the shoe at Bush’s head over in Iraq?
Well, Kansas City’s mayor, Sly James, didn’t get a shoe to the head, but during his state of the city speech, a mad man ran up on the stage, knocked over a flag, and commandeered the mic from Sly and made a brief statement to the crowd before being hustled to the ground by intense security.
*It happened when I was on my way through security at Honolulu International Airport.
I was on a “eat more fruit and drink more water” regimen in an effort to lose weight (story of my life.) And I forgot about the steak knife in my purse I used to cut fruit. It was before 911 so I wasn’t escorted away in handcuffs, but I was pulled out of the security line, vigorously questioned and then sent on my way. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail demanding payment for a fine. My attorney made it go away, and life resumed as usual.
Fast forward to a post 911 world where everything from small containers of liquid to golf clubs are banned in carry-on luggage. And after reading about the damage a trained terrorist can do using simple household items, I understand the restrictions. So after spending billions of dollars on TSA agents and state of the art security equipment designed to detect the smallest mass of metal – including my alkaline batteries destined to do no harm to anyone – why would TSA/Homeland Security backtrack on what seemed to be a well thought-out policy and allow knives on airplanes? If a two-ounce bottle of liquid can be dangerous, a two-inch knife can be dangerous.
The 90,000 members of the Flight Attendants Union Coalition say knives on a plane is a bad idea. They should know. It’s hard enough to keep a stress free environment 30,000 feet in the air while babies cry and alcoholics binge without having to keep a third eye on the lookout for the inappropriate use of knives on a plane.
One of my flight attendant friends was punched in the face by a passenger who refused to turn off her cell phone to prepare for landing. Another was the victim of a verbal assault because she refused to serve a drunken passenger more drinks. And you probably remember the recent story about the passenger who (allegedly) slapped a crying baby because he couldn’t stand the noise. The air up there makes some people behave strangely. Just when everybody gets used to the rules somebody who probably never has had to deal with unruly passengers on a plane decides to add knives to the mix.
Steffanie Rivers is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas metroplex. For comments, questions or to schedule speaking engagements email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
*TMZ is reporting that Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Kanye West are at the center of a TSA investigation following a major security violation at JFK on Tuesday, although the couple is not to blame.
According to the website, Kimye took a flight from Brazil to JFK, where the plan was to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles.
But once they landed in NY, the couple met up with an airline greeter who, according to the TSA, allowed them to bypass a key security checkpoint to get them to their next flight as quickly as possible.
After K&K were seated on the LA-bound plane, a TSA agent pulled them off the flight and made the two go through another layer of security. The plane was reportedly delayed for roughly an hour while the couple was screened by TSA agents.
The TSA is now telling TMZ that the delay wasn’t their fault, explaining, “An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight. In doing so, the airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travelers to by-pass the TSA security checkpoint. TSA officials learned of the violation and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jetway.”
“The passengers were cleared to board their flight, which departed after a delay of approximately 50 minutes. TSA is actively investigating the incident.”