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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?