About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Does it take a drunken idiot to believe the TSA makes us safer?

The TSA chief for Washington Dulles was arrested on DWI charges during his shift on New Year’s Eve The chief of the Transportation Security Administration at Dulles International Airport was placed on administrative leave yesterday after being charged with drunken driving while he was on duty for a New Year’s Eve Code Orange alert, officials said. Acting federal security director Charles Brady was pulled over about 1 a.m. by a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officer who saw him driving erratically on Route 28 near Dulles, airport spokeswoman Tara Hamilton said. Brady, 49, was taken to the Fairfax County jail, where he was booked at 3 a.m. He was released at 1 p.m. yesterday after being charged with driving while intoxicated, said spokesman Lt. Tyler Corey, who described Brady as “extremely cooperative” during his stay.…

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Paris Hilton orders pizza in the nude and John Ashcroft pays the tip

And other weird pizza delivery facts … “Paris Hilton” is the No. 1 fake name used by people calling for pizza deliveries, according to a survey of Domino’s Pizza drivers in Washington, D.C., released Monday by the pizza delivery chain. … U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft might want to open an investigation into these findings — he was No. 2 on the list of assumed names used by people ordering pizza. … According to the survey of 630 drivers, nine percent of people who answer the door in the nude tip more than 20 percent, compared with 2 percent of people in pajamas.

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Buy flowers now!

There’s 9 hours left to take advantage of the spectacular flowers offer mentioned last night. I’ve got confirmation that miles are already posting for orders placed yesterday, and confirmation from 1-800-Flowers that there are no hidden hurdles as well. Go!

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German economic and linguistic miracle

Tyler Cowen explains slow German economic growth: The country has policies called the “Werbungskostenpauschbetrag,” “Vermoegensbeteiligung,” and of course the “Bewirtungsaufwendungen.” As Mark Twain might have suspected, simply pronouncing and spelling out these words is likely to put a dent in your growth rate.

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Air France Security Personnel

Air France seems to have made some questionable hiring decisions. The company put in charge of security for Air France flights employed a convicted murderer and a number of others with serious criminal records, it emerged yesterday. . . . As a result of a search of criminal records more than 30 agents were grounded as a potential security risk. The police also looked into the record of Pretory’s sub-contractors. This led to unconfirmed reports that some guards had been sent for arms training courses in Middle Eastern countries suspected of harbouring terrorists. (Link via Instapundit.)There’s a simple way for Air France to spin the hiring of murderers and other questionable characters for important security roles, though. They could simply explain that the CEO of Air France has “Everything I Ever Needed to Know about…

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