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Argentina is a beautiful country, but the reception for visitors arriving to Buenos Aires can be confusing thanks to a small section of the customs form. The Declaration of Mobile Phone requires travelers to list the brand, model, series, and any accompanying digital accessories of their personal mobile phone, with no explanation why the customs officers might need this information.
The document comes straight from the AFIP (Administracion Federal de Ingresos), and their website does say, at the very bottom, that this portion of the form needs to be completed, no matter your citizenship status or how you're entering Argentina.
We'd been to Argentina before, but never before by way of Buenos Aires' Ezeiza (EZE) Airport, and a past visit actually saw us robbed of our Nikon DSLR. It was after that unfortunate incident that we heard about and read more on Argentina's strict importation laws and high import taxes, which breeds desire for black market consumer electronics and the petty crime that fuels the trade.
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"Isn't it dangerous there?"
That was far and away the most common response regarding our recent trip to El Salvador, both before and after. Fair enough, since bad news usually travels better than good.
Yes, there is an ongoing gang problem throughout the country, but the vast majority of violence occurs between the gangs and so rarely involves tourists and locals.
To combat misconceptions, increase public safety, and aid the growth of tourism, El Salvador has a special department of the National Civilian Police. They're called the Politur and they're here to help.
Established about 7 years ago, the Politur are professional police officers specially trained to offer safety for tourists. Currently there are about 500 officers throughout the country, who chiefly patrol areas frequented by visitors. The Politur's jurisdiction includes areas like the national parks, airports, city centers, and major hotels.
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.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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 NEWS. Scroll to bottom for latest updates.
Prior to midnight EST, an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound from Ethiopia to Italy declared an emergencya hijackingand 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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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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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!