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20/6/2008-Weekly Roundup: The Travel Strategist Launches; New TSA Changes; Two Airlines Unite; Carry-On Bag Etiquette; Win A Camera; Fish On The Radio
This week I have taken a bold new step in the direction of expanding the knowledge that I write about on Flying With Fish. Rather than accept ads to be placed on Flying With Fish I made a radical leap and started a whole new venture, which should support Flying With Fish! This new venture is a worldwide business-to-business travel solutions company; you can visit it at www.TheTravelStrategist.com
Aside from the new business-to-business venture, let’s revisit the Week In Review!
This week kicked off with Father’s Day! While I rarely post on Sundays, being that I am a Dad, I wanted to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the readers of Flying With Fish! You read my Father’s Day entry here: 15/6/2008 – Happy Father’s Day!
The first read day of the week was met with TSA Screeners receiving ‘law enforcement’ style badges to be worn with their new uniforms. Passengers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport were the first to be greeted by ‘badged’ TSA screeners. You can read about this change here: 16/6/2008 – TSA Agents Get A Badge : Should TSA Screeners Have ‘Law Enforcement’ Shields?
Later in the week we explore the TSA’s new program, which they call “Aviation Direct Access Screening Program.” In reality this program is simply the TSA instituting random physical security searches at boarding gates, as passengers board. To find out more on this new program you can check here:
19/6/2008 – TSA Institutes New Secondary Security Searches At The Gate
With airlines changing their checked baggage policies we revisited an old topic of etiquette. Please read some of the basic rules of carry-on baggage etiquette in this entry: 18/6/2008 – Carry On Baggage Etiquette
On a lighter note, I wrote up Popular Photography’s new contest seeking the ‘worst photo you have ever shot”…….where you can win a new camera! Have a photo you botched beyond repair…..and then you fixed it? Read here to enter for your new camera: 19/6/2008 – Win A Camera In Popular Photography’s “Photo Makeover Contest!”
This week ended with a major announcement in the U.S. airline industry. Continental Airlines has decided to not only create a joint venture with United Airlines, but they have also opted to leave the SkyTeam airline alliance and join the Star Alliance. This changes the landscape of US travel significantly, but it can be a good thing! Find out more about this deal here: 20/6/2008 – Continental & United Airlines Announce Joint Venture : Is This Good For Passengers?
On a more personal note, you can listen to my interview on Inside Digital Photo Radio online now! The full interview with Scott Sheppard is available at: 18/6/2008 – Listen To Flying With Fish On The Radio! (well it’s a PodCast from the archive now)
…………and we round out the week with the introduction, and beta/soft-launch of The Travel Strategist! You can read up on this new B2B venture here: 20/6/2008 – The Travel Strategist Takes Off! : New Business-to-Business Travel Solutions Venture
If you’d like to support this site, pushing yourself to the limits, as both a traveler and a photographer, while learning an entirely new set of travel and photography skills, join me on a No Jet Lag Workshop. You can find details at www.ComeFlyWithFish.com
That’s it for this week