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Travels with Larry Olmsted: Why Are We Still Bringing Guns to Airports?

This is just a tiny sample of the handguns – most loaded – TSA officers found at airport checkpoints across the US in 2013. Photo: Blog.TSA.gov
This is just a tiny sample of the handguns – most loaded – TSA officers found at airport checkpoints across the US in 2013. Photo: Blog.TSA.gov

First off, thanks to fellow travel writer Everett Potter for hipping me to the interesting 2013 year in review roundup on the Transportation Security Administration’s website. Everett Potter’s Travel Report is one of the few online travel sites I follow regularly, for just this reason – the Travel Report has great stuff from leading travel writers, useful news – and lots of cool giveaways, including entire vacations (and in the interest of disclosure, the site occasionally shares travel pieces from this column, The Great Life, with its readers).

So what did 2013 have from the TSA’s perspective? The worst news of the year was the first time a Transportation Security Officer, Gerardo I. Hernandez, was    killed in the line of duty, during a terrible November shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. Continue reading …

 

larry  Award-winning travel journalist Larry Olmsted is a Contributing Editor to US Airways Magazine and Cigar Aficionado Magazine and “The Great Life” columnist for Forbes.com.

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