I make typos frequently in blog posts. I’m a one man shop, and part-time at that. I bang out a post and share it in between other jobs. I could do a lot better. With a budget over $7 billion and with 50,000 employees at my disposal, I’d like to think that I would do better.

Some will take mistakes in this Department of Homeland Security press release, though, to be a measure of basic competence at TSA:

From the press release:

From Wednesday, June 30 through Monday, July 4, TSA screened 10.7 million travelers. June 30 and 31 were the highest-volume travel days we have seen since 2007.

June 30, incidentally, was a Thursday.

The press release has since been corrected on the DHS website with no indication of an edit, but as of this writing only to fix the June 31 issue.

The PR shop, it seems, is manned by a few bad apples who in no way undermine the hard work that thousands of men and women at the TSA do to keep us safe, day in and day out.

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  1. So…just to clarify in general – does a typo somehow make you a bad Apple? I mean, that’s what you said. So wondering if that’s a bit of a self-inflicted wound in your case.

    When you get to the point of trying to tie a typo to legit bad apples, you lose credibility.

  2. Like Obama says, “The more we say it, the more you’ll believe it. It’s June 31st to him.” Soon there will be unisex bathrooms for pet dogs, cats and humans.

  3. @RM – in this case I believe it actually does. For any PR statement released by an agency like TSA, at least some sort of proofread or even basic fact check should be in place, which would easily catch such a typo like June 31. However, the fact that there aren’t such controls do pose some doubt into the management style of this agency that safeguard the very basic of aviation security.

  4. Despite the admission of frequent typos on your own blog, I still think you’re one of the last people who should criticize anyone about typos. Yes the DHS typos made them look sloppy. But your typos have the same effect on a blog claiming to be some kind of travel industry leader.

  5. DoD had a press release last week about WestPac where “27,000 nations” were participating. I retweeted it around (including to @potus since he thinks there are 54 states). After a couple of hours the original DoD tweet was deleted…

  6. Gary is way too generous equating his own typos with those of DHS.

    Gary isn’t the subject of an Inspector General’s report failing to catch 95% of threats going through airport security checkpoints.

    In other words, TSA attention to detail matters and is already in serious question. Gary writes a blog.

  7. I fully believe everyone attacking Gary here is a government employee of some lazy sort. If you cannot see the problem with a press release that contains a day that doesn’t exist, I pitty you. Add to that a wrong day of the week, and it’s even more serious. Nobody looked this over, just like nobody really seems to be looking over our luggage.

  8. @Rob, it’s can not, not cannot. You could have also gone with can’t. I pity you because of your typos. Oh and I’m not a government employee if any kind. You can fully believe that.
    These are typos people, also know as mistakes. Far as I know we all make them, including Gary. Hardly worth a post. This has no impact on anything other than pointing out that the person got June and July mixed up.

  9. It is ONLY correct to use “cannot”, the “can not” version is ungrammatical or a typo.

  10. @Raul, cannot is correct, and I’m sure you meant “of any kind,” not “if any kind.” And “also known,” not “also know.” And “As far as I know,” not “Far as I know.” Add a comma between “typos” and “people” and you’ll be golden. 😉

  11. Gary is a THOUGHT leader, not a travel leader.
    He reaches into your minds through this blog and inserts his thoughts.
    He gets a FORTUNE from the government for doing this. Which government? I’d suspect the UAE given his propensity for mentioning Etihad and Emirates.

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