FROM Joe Brancatelli
The incredible shrinking airline seat Airline coach seats are more uncomfortable than ever. Is there any relief in sight? Judge Patricia Millett on the prestigious federal appeals court in Washington, DC has issued a blistering decision about what she called, "The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat." She ruled in a case brought by outraged passengers in FlyersRigts.org against the Federal Aviation Administration. You might think the FAA will have to take action. No so, says Joe Brancatelli is a business travel columnist whose blog is JoeSentMe.com.
Pilot Program Aims to Speed Up Airport Security Starting today, a select group of air travelers may find getting through airport security quicker than it used to be. Some passengers have been chosen for the so-called PreCheck program at Miami, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta. It's the first major attempt by the Obama Administration to move away from a one-size-fits-all security program to one based on risk. Joe Brancatelli is editor of JoeSentMe.com, a non-commercial website for business travelers.
Emergency Preparations Ramp Up as the Northeast Waits for Irene Even before Hurricane Irene hit the Carolinas, evacuations were underway as far north as New York and New Jersey. President Obama said federal agencies are preparing with states and cities for a "historic" storm that could be "extremely dangerous and costly." As many as 55 million people live in areas threatened with power outages, high winds and flooding where heavy rains already have saturated the ground. Major airports are in the path of the storm, rail lines could be under water and highways are closed — with potential impact on transportation nationwide. We hear what's being done to prepare for the worst and the possible aftermath.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.