More of what’s going around:
–Ellington Underground, a new music club in the basement of the S&W building on Patton Avenue in downtown, is scheduled to open in October. The first show is set for 10 p.m. on Oct. 27 and features Zoogma.
-The Asheville real estate company Beverly-Hanks & Associates was recently recognized by REAL Trends web consultants. The site was ranked first in the video category, seventh in the “overall” category and ninth in the “community” category. REAL Trends reviews nearly 700 residential real estate websites and judged on a list of criteria in several areas. The Asheville-based Applied Solutions Group develops and designs the Beverly-Hanks website.
-The annual Eliada corn maze opens Saturday.
-The Asheville Savings Bank merger with First Bank will be official on Monday.
-Father John Misty got thrashy at The Orange Peel earlier this week.
-If you see a life-sized silhouette gracing the wall of an Asheville business, check it out. It’s part of a Buncombe County Family Justice Center project called Still Standing, a community-based effort to reduce domestic and sexual violence. The silhouette includes a brief description of a survivor’s story, all of which are true.
-At noon on Saturday in Pack Square Park downtown, a woman will call attention to the debilitating effects of migraine headaches by wearing a giant paper mache mask that she calls “Head.” Sallie Middleton Parker says the mask portrays what it feels like to have a migraine.
-Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners both meet on Tuesday.
-The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at Asheville Regional Airport, according to a press release. Here’s more:
The new procedures, which were announced earlier this year, require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. TSA recommends that all travelers arrive at the airport up to two hours in advance of their flight departure time to ensure they have enough time to check in with their airline and go through security.
“TSA must constantly enhance its security procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats,” said TSA Spokesman Mike England. “TSA is committed to raising the baseline for aviation security and we appreciate the cooperation of the traveling public in this endeavor.”
TSA officers will begin to ask travelers to remove electronics larger than a cell phone from their carry-on bags and place them in a bin with nothing on top or below, similarly to how laptops have been screened for years. This simple step helps TSA officers obtain a clearer X-ray image.
It is possible that passengers may experience more bag checks, however, through extensive testing, TSA identified ways to improve screening procedures with quicker and more targeted measures to clear the bags.
“The simple step of separating personal electronic items for screening allows TSA officers to more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats,” said England.
In standard screening lanes, TSA officers will be stationed in front of the checkpoint X-ray machines to guide passengers through the screening process and recommend how best to arrange their carry-on items for X-ray screening. Travelers are encouraged to organize their carry-on bags and keep them uncluttered to ease the screening process and keep the lines moving. There are no changes to what travelers can bring through the checkpoint; food and liquid items that comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule, electronics, and books continue to be allowed in carry-on bags.
The new security measures do not apply to passengers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® who are using TSA Pre✓® lanes. TSA also marked another milestone earlier this month with TSA Pre✓® now available at 200 airports nationwide. Travelers enrolled in TSA Pre✓® do not need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, electronics, light outerwear, or belts. The program allows TSA to focus resources on passengers who may pose a high risk to security while providing expedited screening to those travelers who have been identified as low-risk, trusted travelers.