After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
This week TSA screeners in Los Angeles were arrested in an apparent drug trafficking scheme. Reportedly these agents were paid as much as $2,400 to look the other way when bags containing drugs (and whatever else) came through. They were caught when one of the bozos got in the wrong security line and was busted by a TSA agent who was doing his job.
Just how widespread is this problem?
TSA agents have been fired for not screening checked bags (in Honolulu recently, where more than 40 were fired), but that seems to have stemmed more from being lazy than trying to participate in a crime ring. Still, more and more reports are surfacing where agents are being accused of taking bribes for looking the other way.
Airport security personnel are already low-hanging fruit. Every few days there is another story of an overly aggressive TSA agent who has spotted a potential terrorist disguised as a three year old girl. Yet these accounts are of agents who are going beyond the scope of their responsibilities, a far cry from those who are arrested on suspicion of allowing restricted items through the airport security network.
The TSA needs to adopt an incredibly aggressive and public response to these isolated incidents quickly, in order to begin the process of regaining the public’s trust. These are professional men and women who are dedicated, for the most part (front line personnel I am speaking of here), to keeping us safe when we travel and the news headlines are reporting just the opposite.
It’s time trust was restored by the TSA.