The Top of The TICKET is a periodic review, commentary and curation of our recent posts. Come on and hear what folks are saying!
>First off, welcome back to many of our long lost readers! Over the course of the last year as we switched over to Feedburner, we lost many of you. But using super-duper spreadsheet skills, our techie types recently hauled in many of you who never made the switch. So welcome back to The TICKET! PLEASE tell all your friends and family about it! We need more readers in order to attract more advertisers, which of course keeps The TICKET free for readers.
>Are you signed up for our Facebook page yet? We frequently break news on our Facebook page that eventually makes it into our monthly roundups. So if you want news when it happens, come on and get on our Facebook page. Our most popular recent post showed a photo of USA Today’s new format, which most of our Facebook friends panned. T. Sullivan said, “No, just no!” J Clark said, “Not the USA Today we recognize.” And E Mackle, always at ready with an acerbic comment wrote, “Garbage in, garbage out.” We also got some insightful reader comments about Economy Comfort. So come on, get social with The TICKET on our Facebook Page!
>Our latest Airline/Airport update, “Problems w PreCheck, Faster wi-fi, Delta devalues miles, fall season outlook” was a huge draw. On the day it was published, The TICKET nabbed nearly 4,000 views. It was a blockbuster end-of-summer issue with lots of newsy tips, fun photos, a video of your esteemed editor on national news, and some ugly bare feet. More important was the introduction of our newest sponsor, Peachy Airport Parking, which has made a private offer of 500 SkyMiles and three miles per dollar spent to all TICKET readers. If you’ve not had a look at all the bells and whistles you get with Peachy, PLEASE check them out here, print the page and get your SkyMiles!
>Our lead item about problems with PreCheck pulled in the greatest number of comments—mostly complaints—about the “random” nature of the speedier security lines. M. Daugherty wrote: “I have Global Entry, Nexus, and pre-flight. I am Diamond and a four million miler. Nevertheless I have cleared through precheck only twice out of the last SIXTEEN flights. I hate that ‘too bad so sad’ look on the face of the TSA person.” B Grossman wrote: “When the Pre-Check program was initiated in Atlanta, I was clearing it roughly 80% of my flights during the first month. Since then, I have not been cleared a single time and I have flown more than 45 flights.” But G Schultz said, “I am also enrolled in the Global Entry program and am Diamond (only a 1 million miler, though!). I’ve gotten the TSA pre-check lane almost every time I’ve gone out in the past year. The only time I haven’t been given the pre-check lane was as I was leaving for an international flight.” Do you read comments? Sometimes, some of our best tips come from readers, so please join in!
>We also posted a photo of some feet curled around the video screen on the bulkhead row of a Delta 767. C Walker said, “The feet on the bulkhead position has always bothered me, whether those feet are clothed in shoes, the ubiquitous flip flops, socks, sandals, stockings or just bare. I often wonder if those people who do this disgusting act in public also put their feet on the walls of their homes?”
>Do you follow TICKET editor Chris McGinnis on Twitter? Every day I sift through all the business travel news out there and tweet items that I think would interest my readers most. The tweet that got the most attention this week—I guess you could call it my “Tweet of the Week” Did you know: “The TSA now allows travelers aged 75+ to pass through airport security screening with jackets and shoes on.” Another more recent tweet about a job available with Delta: “Interesting job posting from Delta for “Senior Project Manager-SkyMiles http://bit.ly/Sang6P.” Come on! Follow me!