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Alarming Security Flaw Found with Mobile Boarding Passes

December 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Dani Grant, founder of Hackers NY, published a short, to-the-point Medium post this morning, alerting the public to a serious issue in the security of mobile boarding passes. And you don't need to be a hacker to understand it:

On Delta, you can change the URL of your boarding pass and get someone else’s boarding pass. Even if they’re on a different airline. You can check in as them and change their seat.

Grant found the flaw causes boarding passes on both Delta and Southwest to be easily altered, although further fiddling may reveal other airlines are affected.

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Good Luck Slicing Into a Steak at JFK Restaurants

November 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Something the everyday traveler wouldn't notice is now the focus of security action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

That thing? A steak knife, as served with meals delivered to customers at airport restaurants, after passing through TSA security.

An investigation by Newsday, published last week just in time for the busy holiday travel season, highlighted that at least two JFK eateries (The Palm in Terminal 4 and Bobby Van's in Terminal 8) were essentially violating airside weapons bans:

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5 Public Parks Around the World Where Some Laws…Just Don’t Seem to Exist

October 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Law and order’s great and all—especially SVU—but, sometimes, it’s nice to experience a bit of free-living, unbound by society’s dictations. Often, it’s in the red light districts where you can revel in the wild west atmosphere of a bit of lawlessness.

Still, who wants to wrap themselves in the sketchiness of a red light district, where witnessing a man inject heroin on a street corner isn’t necessarily an “uncommon” sight. That’s why we’ve decided to share some free-spirited parks found across the globe. So what if you wanna smoke a little grass in a park or sell some homemade ginger juice that hasn’t been approved by the FDA. Here’s where you don’t need to worry about the consequences.

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You Won't Believe What Denmark Once Allowed Tourists to Do

Where: Denmark
October 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone knows of the red-light districts of De Wallen in Amsterdam and Reeperbahn in Hamburg, but what about the shadier side of Denmark's tourism?

Well, up until recently, bestiality was a legal practice in the Scandinavian country, and, as if that’s not odd enough, it seems certain sects invited tourists to horse around with, well, the horses. According to Danish animal rights groups, Denmark sort of became a center for bestiality-based tourism, and a 2007 report by two journalists from 24timer claim to have obtained access to an animal brothel, which existed so tourists could enjoy the company of a terrier or even a German shepherd.

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Why We Won't Be Traveling to Morocco

Where: Morocco
October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

We skimmed the headline at first. "British tourist jailed for 'homosexual acts,'" it read. Our natural assumption was to think the person in question had been caught in public, in flagrante delicto, somewhere in the deep Middle East where any open expression of love is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited.

Alas, we did read the news, only to be shocked to discover that the destination imprisoning a 69-year-old retired Briton, who was arrested while waiting for a bus, is Morocco. The arrest happened in Marrakech, the most popular city with foreign tourists for its major transportation connections, excellent shopping, and historical sites.

Now that the man, Ray Cole, has been sentenced to four months in prison, cries for a boycott of tourism to Morocco are in full swing.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: The Drug Travel Cautionary Tale of 'Brokedown Palace'

July 28, 2014 at 2:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Jetting off to exotic foreign lands after high school graduation is common practice and, unfortunately using that time to experiment is just as normal. Using this as inspiration, the 1999 movie Brokedown Palace explores the dark side of tourism as two innocent girls head over to Thailand and end up biting off more than they chew.

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The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Teaches a Hard Passport Lesson

Where: Malaysia
March 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

An entire weekend has passed since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and, in that time, the only news of any consequence has been that at least two passengers onboard were traveling under false identities, using stolen passports.

No aircraft, wreckage, emergency calls, or anything to decipher the mystery has been found.

What we have now is a world distressed by the use of these stolen passports, both swiped in the last two years while the original owners (who are alive still) were visiting the popular vacation destination of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is an island towards the south of Thailand, much nearer to the border with Malaysia than the Thai capital of Bangkok.

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BREAKING: Ethiopian Plane Hijacked, Flown to Switzerland for Asylum

February 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING NEWS. Scroll to bottom for latest updates.

Prior to midnight EST, an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound from Ethiopia to Italy declared an emergency—a hijacking—and flew instead to Geneva, Switzerland.

The aircraft landed safely in Geneva and there are no injuries or fatalities.

Here is what we know, owing to direct sources (live ATC conversations, live flight tracking, on-the-ground contacts at Geneva Airport):

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FBI Can't Believe People are Still Dumb Enough to Point Lasers at Airplanes

February 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

We did a full blog post about this issue in 2011, and even back then we felt a little torn about whether it was worth writing. There was a legitimate travel politics story at the time, since the FAA had just announced a dedicated system for reporting people who were aiming lasers at aircraft. But it didn't really seem like there was any there there. How stupid do you have to be to aim a laser at the eyes of a pilot who's trying to land a gigantic commercial jet? How many people could we really be talking about?

It turns out that there were almost 4,000 laser strikes reported in 2013, with the average being 11 reported incidents every day. The actual number is thought to be much higher because of under-reporting. Starting in September 2012 and going forward a year, which is how the relevant Justice Department records are kept, five people were convicted in federal court for aiming lasers at airplanes. Another 15 people have cases pending against them.

The FBI is getting very grumpy.

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Bad Bieber Touches Down at Teterboro in a Puff of Smoke

January 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (0)


Inside a charter Hawker 800

In news that surprises no one, Justin Bieber has been detained at an airport for potentially flying in his private jet while smoking weed, news broken by Page Six. The actual interesting part of this recent headline is that the offense took place today at Teterboro Airport, as Bieber flew in on a chartered Raytheon Hawker 800 with his dad and a posse of ten to head to this weekend's Super Bowl.

Nothing was found after a search of the aircraft, and this is actually the smallest issue in Bieber's month; he flew in from Toronto after being charged with assault there, and he's looking at a DUI for pot in Miami and vandalism in California.

It's no secret that Justin loves the leafy greens, but he should know better than to try to fly into a NYC-area airport with illegal substances during a time of heightened security. Save those antics for Colorado Springs Airport!

[Photo: stratosjets]

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American Airlines Flight Diverted for the Creepiest Reason

January 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Quick. What's worse than a creep who tapes a tiny camera in a bathroom and spies on people while they're doing their business? Think about it for a second, because that's not a rhetorical question. It turns out there's a very precise answer.

Give up? It's a creep who tapes a tiny camera in a bathroom and spies on people while they're doing their business, and - because of said creep's mind-blowing creepiness - forces a transcontinental flight to make an emergency landing, thereby stranding over 200 people in of all places Kansas City. It boggles the imagination, doesn't it, how much you would have hated that person if you were on the flight.

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Delta's Secret Las Vegas Project is Some Sort of Theft Prevention Thing

January 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Delta is doing something new when it comes to how they handle the whole baggage carrousel thing, as they want to ensure that you go home with the same bag that you brought to the airport.

We guess there must be a baggage theft problem—or other issue—over in Las Vegas, as that’s where Delta is in the middle of a two-month pilot program aimed at cracking down on stolen baggage.

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