FROM Philip Baum
Secretary Napolitano Concedes Air Travel Security Did Not Work The Obama Administration now admits that air travel security failed on Christmas Day. It's beefing up measures at airports and in the air. At the same time it’s going all out to determine how a bomb was smuggled onto an airplane where it took action by passengers to stop it from being ignited. Could existing technology have provided better security? Has it been held off by concerns about cost, privacy and profiling?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.