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Airport Security Made Easy + Go Australia!!

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Bit hard to concentrate on this article at the moment as one eye is on the TV  ESPN as Australia is about to Play soccer against the Netherlands for the World Cup. There is probably not much of a chance beating Netherlands as they are an experienced team where I believe our Australian team is quite young.

I  spent 4 days in Dallas catching up with my niece and her partner who were on their way to the World Cup. I am expecting to see them on TV all dressed up in support of their respective team. There will be a conflict of interest here as Donna is an Australian and Franny is from the Netherlands.

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Anyway this is how the subject of Airport Security becomes an issue on my way back from Dallas. For the first time in all the traveling that I have done I got the green light and was given a PreCheck entry through security. Fantastic, I did not have to take my shoes off, no taking out iPad and laptop or bags of cosmetics out of my bag, remove belts and coats. The bag went through the X-ray machine and I just walked through the X-ray machine for body check and away I went. So quick so easy.

It just so happens I was reading in the AARP bulletin and there was an article about the fact that if you make an application to the TSA this can happen to you every time you travel.

TSA is expanding its time-saving Pre Check program. This allows certain airline passengers to use separate security lanes where they don’t need to take  all the stuff off and out of their bags.

 

Now available through nine major airlines and at nearly 120 U.S. Airports, PreCheck is being offered to people who apply as well as to randomly selected passengers ( They will have been checked when making a reservation against a terrorist watch list).

If you are in the randomly selected group there will be a PreCheck symbol on your boarding pass, which means you are heading to the fast lane.

Before December 2013 PreCheck was available only to certain folks including those wh had already been vetted trough an international program called Global Entry and frequent fliers whom airlines were allowed to invite.

 

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 Here is what you need to do to become PreChecked Airline passenger.

1. Apply online (tsa.gov). Pay an $85 fee for the vetting process

2. Make an appointment to get fingerprinted at one of the 300 enrollment centers around the States.

3. Wait eight to 11 days to receive an email with a known Traveler number that is good for  five years.

4. Include that number in your profile when you make a reservation. You will usually be flagged as a PreChecked passenger when you fly. You can then enjoy a hassle free security screening

 

I personally think that it is worth it especially if you travel often

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Would You Take This Test

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Good Question. Me? No, I have no intention of finding out when I am likely to kick the bucket. I just want to enjoy each day being ignorant of that fact. Not that I am afraid of dying but just don’t want to know when.

This is an article that was on the Fox news which they got from LA Times  Science. I thought was rather interesting reading.

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A blood test to predict imminent death?

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, such an option may one day be available to the public.  In a new study published in PLOS Medicine, researchers revealed that certain levels of four biomarkers circulating in the blood stream may strongly indicate when death is on the horizon.

To identify these “deathly” chemicals, the researchers analyzed blood samples from more than 17,000 people living in Estonia and Finland, screening them for 106 different types of proteins.  After a median follow-up period of five years, the researchers identified which study participants had died and compared their blood samples to those of the living.

They found that four biomarkers – alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, albumin, very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) particle size and citrate – were all unusually high in the deceased patients, five years prior to their deaths.  Additionally, the researchers created an index of the four chemicals, and individuals whose biomarker index was in the top 20 percent were 19 times more likely to die within the five years after the blood samples were taken.

The four proteins were associated with various types of mortality – including death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other nonvascular diseases – but they were even predictive of death in people considered healthy, as well.

According to the researchers, these four biomarkers may be indicators of deadly underlying conditions that may go unnoticed by many patients.

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