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26 March 2013

Rescheduled webinar on sex toys and the TSA in two days WebinarsOn Thursday March 28, will host a live webinar on how TSA rules affect passengers who fly with one or more sex toys.

While the TSA for the most part does an outstanding job of protecting the flying public, sometimes they compromise a passenger's privacy and dignity while doing so.

There have been a number of cases where TSA representatives exposed passengers to unnecessary embarrassment and humiliation because the passenger was traveling with a sex toy. In at least one case from 2011, a TSA screener was fired for leaving an inappropriate message in a checked bag containing a sex toy.

This webinar will discuss TSA rules with respect to what is allowed in checked and carry-on bags, with an emphasis on what sex toys and sex toy accessories are allowed in flight.

The webinar will also provide advice on what passengers can do to minimize or eliminate problems with TSA security screening, and suggest specific steps to take if the TSA fails to act in a professional manner. In addition, the webinar will discuss how rules and customs concerning sex toys may differ when traveling outside of the US.

Note: This webinar was orginally scheduled for February 28, 2013. If you registered for the original webinar, please re-register using the above link

Previous webinar
Last week's webinar discussed the upcoming changes to the TSA's rules on traveling with knives and other potential weapons items in carry-on baggage. If you missed last week's webinar, check out the following resources:
Video of previous TSA webinar
List of upcoming changes to TSA prohibited items list

18 March 2013

Webinar on how to fly with knives, guns, and other weapons

The recent TSA announcement about changing rules for carrying small knives and other potentially dangerous items in the passenger cabin will allow passengers to keep these items in their carry-on bags for the first time in years. However, it has not changed the rules on how passengers my travel with guns and other weapons, so if you plan on doing so, you should be aware of the TSA rules and how they may affect you.

Dr. Todd Curtis of conducted a webinar on March 21, 2013 in a where he discussed both the recent rule changes for knives and other weapons, as well as the current rules for firearms and ammunition.

This webinar discussed TSA rules with respect to what is allowed in checked and carry-on bags, when it comes to knives and other potential weapons, and how most other weapons, including guns, rifles, and other firearms, can be legally carried with you in checked luggage.

The webinar also provided advice on what passengers can do to minimize or eliminate problems with TSA security screening, and specific steps they can take if they run into problems in spite of following TSA and airline regulations. In addition, the webinar will discuss how laws and customs concerning knives and other weapons may differ when traveling outside of the US.

06 March 2013

Montford Point Marine Calvin T. Curtis Sr. passes away

Calvin Turner Curtis, Sr.

Calvin Turner Curtis Sr., World War II veteran and recent recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in San Antonio at the age of 87 following a short illness. He was born May 17, 1925, in Charlotte, Texas, and was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Lucia Tennyson Green Curtis, and is survived by his three sons, Calvin Curtis Jr., Devon Curtis, and Dr. Todd Curtis.

During, World War II, served in the United States Marine Corps in segregated units of African-American Marines. Like the US Army and Navy, the Marines only allowed African-Americans to serve in segregated units, and they all went through their initial training at a segregated camp at Montford Point, North Carolina. The Marines had not allowed African-Americans to serve since the Revolutionary War, and those who trained at Montford Point were known as the Montford Point Marines. Most, like Calvin Curtis, served in ammunition support units during the war. After the war, he settled in San Antonio where for decades he was very active in his community, his church, and a number of organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Marine Recruit Calvin Curtis In 2012, the US Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, to the Montford Point Marines in recognition of "their personal sacrifice and service to their country" as the first African-American Marines to serve in the Marine Corps since the Revolutionary War.

Past recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal have included the Tuskegee Airmen; Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King; the Navaho Code Talkers, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, and Gen. Colin Powell. Of the almost 20,000 African-Americans who served as Montford Point Marines between 1942 and 1949, fewer than 500 were sill alive and able to receive their medal. Calvin Curtis received his medal in December 2012, less than three months before his death.

The following memorial services will be held in San Antonio, Texas:

Visitation: Friday, March 8, 2013, 5 to 8 p.m., Lewis Funeral Home 811 South W.W. White Road, San Antonio.

Funeral Service: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11 a.m., Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church on 406 S. Polaris, San Antonio, Texas.

Burial: Monday, March 11, 2013, 10 a.m. Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, Texas.

Funeral services are being arranged by Lewis Funeral Home of San Antonio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jacobs Chapel UMC Scholarship Fund, 406 S. Polaris, San Antonio, TX 78203.

You can also visit the memorial page of Calvin T. Curtis Sr., where you can offer your condolences, read his full obituary, and find out more about the history of the Montford Point Marines