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TSA May Soon Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses from These Nine States

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 02/16/2017, 5:00 AM

Some airline passengers may be in for a rude awakening next January if they live in one of the nine states where driver’s licenses do not comply with the REAL ID Act, a federal mandate to establish minimum security standards for state-issued IDs. Starting in January 2018, non-compliant driver’s licenses from Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carol...

Bulletproof Wall Soon to Surround Base of Eiffel Tower

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/14/2017, 5:00 AM

A wall is being put up around the base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris officials have announced. The "aesthetic perimeter," as it's being euphemistically called, will be made of bulletproof glass and will stand 2.5 meters (8 feet) high. It's expected to cost €20 million ($21 million) and be finished sometime this fall. The move is being made in response to security concerns. France has been...

U.S. Now Asking Visitors to Divulge Social Media Info

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/29/2016, 5:00 AM

The United States government is now asking foreign visitors to supply links to their social media accounts when they arrive in the country.  The change applies to those entering the U.S. by way of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of 38 nations to travel in the country for up to 90 days without a visa.  Those travelers can opt not to answer the question, but that hasn't fo...

The Weirdest Things Passengers Tried to Carry Onto Airplanes in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2016, 5:00 AM

The Transportation Security Administration has released its annual list of the strangest items officers encountered at the nation's airports this year.  As you might expect, nearly all the objects in the top 10 are weapons or at least weapon-adjacent. They include a bright pink Hello Kitty firearm, a bullet-adorned gas mask, and a scary-looking knife/whip combo called a "five-bladed flogge...

Antigovernment Violence Threatens Ethiopia's Tourism Gains

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2016, 5:00 AM

Until this month, Ethiopian tourism had been on the upswing.    The European Council on Tourism and Trade named the country the world’s top travel destination in 2015, and it was on track to receive more than a million tourists this year for the first time ever.    Then, violent antigovernment protests erupted all across the country, causing the government to declare a six-mont...

Psssst! Because of Exaggerated Fears, Paris Is Today More Accessible to the Foreign Tourist Than Ever Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2016, 12:00 AM

The case for Paris—whether you've visited a hundred times or never before...

Obama Talks Airport Security with Jimmy Kimmel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

During President Obama's visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week, the talk briefly turned to airport security.  After two terms of flying everywhere on Air Force One, the President has not had the pleasure of going through a TSA screening in a while.  In fact, when Kimmel asked him to name the last time he passed through a metal detector, Obama said he doesn't do 'em—and thanks to the Se...

Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets....

Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Failed Numerous Tests at U.S. Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/19/2016, 4:00 AM

The readiness of the Transportation Security Administration's bomb-sniffing dogs has been called into question by an investigation conducted by NBC News.  Via a Freedom of Information Act request, the outlet found that between January 1, 2013, and June 15, 2015 (the most recent period for which records were provided), K-9 teams at 10 major U.S. airports—including those in Los Angeles, Wash...

Disney World Now Finger-Scanning Preschoolers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:00 AM

As of last month, Disney World now requires kids ages 3 to 9 to have their fingerprints scanned before entering any of the Orlando resort's four theme parks. Guests older than that have been getting their digits scanned for some time, but now the Mouse wants to take a look at even the jelly-smeared fingers of the preschool set. Disney says the move is designed to prevent stolen and reu...

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