Bits ‘n Pieces for August 25, 2013

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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, 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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  1. Assuming he’s telling the truth about his ordeal, this is certainly a an example of how abusive, arrogant and obtuse our security apparatus can be. He should have a civil rights lawsuit.

    My policy is never to draw attention to myself in any way when going through security. That means putting up with the obnoxious millimeter wave detectors.

  2. I am Muslim, brown-skinned, and born and raised in the US, with a pure midwest accent. I am Platinum on Delta and United. I fly domestically and internationally. I have never had any negative experience at any airport security line. I’ve never had to have any “extra” or “random” checks, although there are plenty of stories out there. I’m not sure why the guy in the story opted out. This is all on him.

  3. A chilling tale. I got pulled over at Heathrow when one of my tech items sparked interest. I was patted down, scanned again, and taken to another room with a window adjacent the security check point. I couldn’t figure out why. It turns out that my still clear plastic wrapped CD drive for the MAC Retina Pro bought in South Korea puzzled the agents since they had never seen one before. I offered to let them upwrap it and see that it was indeed a CD-Rom. After it was swabbed, I was permitted to continue on my way. This was the end of my ICN-FRA-LHR FC on Lufthansa with United FF miles.

  4. Regarding lawsuits, I think there needs to be one about when airlines have the same flight number for connecting flights, and you only receive the mileage as if it were a direct flight. Even if you actually change aircraft!

  5. Not trying to discourage anyone from MGM, but the prizes have gotten much worse and much more expensive. They sell out very, very quickly. Still, free is free…unless it’s a $75 credit toward a $150 purchase.

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