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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A check and a sky

I have two personal travel-related updates to share - they've been on my list from past trips, and want to make sure to highlight my experiences:

1. TSA Pre-check - if you haven't heard about this, it's a program intended to help travelers speed through security checkpoints.  Initial rollout occurred at select airports, but they are continuing to implement it at most of the major US airports.  I was able to qualify for it based on the fact that I am part of the Trusted Traveler program (through my Global Entry access), which has really been helpful when I've had to travel back through customs from overseas.

My experience with Pre-check was probably the easiest security experience I've ever had - there was a separate lane just for Pre-check, which came up when my boarding pass was scanned to tell the agent that I was allowed to use it.  Best part - didn't have have to take off my shoes, didn't have to take off a belt, just walked right through the metal detector and that was it!  If you have the ability through your airline or otherwise to sign up for it, I highly recommend doing so.  I completely skipped an otherwise long and winding security line!

2. Boeing Sky Interior - Most of the newer Boeing planes are coming equipped with the new Sky Interior, and I finally was able to see what the hype was all about on a recent flight.  New lighting, new air ducts, new overhead bins - I have to say that I was pretty impressed.  Gone were the terrible side lights on most 737 planes, and they were replaced with soft white light and translucent blue overhead lights.  I even had a power outlet from which to plug something in.  Chances are you will only find these on newer -800 and -900 model 737 planes, but I know that the new Dreamliner also has it. 

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