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The current state of U.S. airport security appears to be a crapshoot depending on what airport you find yourself at.

What to Know Now

Thanks to a tidal wave of bad press and a country full of apoplectic travelers, the TSA is fast-tracking an overhaul of the beleaguered agency this week, starting with a reshuffle of the management team. Some of it may be just for show, but other efforts, including new support from American and United, may really help speed the process.

Meanwhile, Frommer’s is reporting that TSA officers at Washington Dulles Airport and others across the country are speeding up lines by letting passengers leave shoes on and keep their bags packed (opposed to the standard process of taking out electronics and liquids). But if that’s the case, what’s the advantage of PreCheck?

Social Quote of the Day

.@TSA at @Dulles_Airport literally yelling at people not to take off shoes or take liquids out of carryon. Except that’s what we normally do




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TSA Boss Called Back to Washington to Explain Airport Lines to Congress: The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season. Read more at Skift

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Firing of TSA Security Chief Won’t Fix U.S. Airport Line Congestion: The Transportation Security Administration has ousted its head of security operations and put new leadership in charge of screening operations at a major international airport, but long checkpoint lines and travel headaches already pervading the busy summer travel season are likely to continue. Read more at Skift



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CEO Interview: The 15-Year-Old Corporate Travel Company That Wants to Be a Startup: Travel and expense service provider Deem has seemingly been stuck in limbo for years. After raising more than half a billion dollars and offering dozens of different products across the travel ecosystem, the company is now looking to pare down its offerings to a few core areas. Read more at Skift

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London’s Tube Finally Begins Testing 24-Hour Service: Trains will run all night at the weekend from August 19 on two lines of the London Underground metro network in what new Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Monday would be a boost to the British capital’s night-time economy. Read more at Skift
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Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton Are Shedding Their Dated Design Legacies: It wasn’t that long ago when Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton were never uttered in the same sentence as the phrases “trendy design” or “hip social spaces.” Read more at Skift

Your Turn

The guys at Bluesmart just launched the next revision of their smart luggage — the Bluesmart Black Edition. Congratulations to Diego and Tomi.

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Photo credit: TSA agents man the checkpoint for pre-cleared passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Kent D. Johnson / AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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