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Qatar Airways Loaning Out Laptops for Free in Business Class

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/04/2017, 4:00 AM

The Trump administration won't let airline passengers carry their own laptops onto flights from Qatar to the United States, so Qatar Airways has begun loaning out free laptops to every passenger in business class on those flights. Qatar is one of eight Middle Eastern and North African countries subject to the ban, which the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing on March 25, vague...

Trump Wants TSA Cuts to Pay for Immigration Crackdown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/09/2017, 5:00 AM

President Donald Trump's proposed crackdown on undocumented immigrants could wind up leading to more headaches at airports.  According to internal documents reviewed by Politico, the administration wants to pay for more border agents and the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in part by significantly cutting the budgets of the Coast Guard (by 14%), the Transportation Secur...

TSA Introducing More Invasive Pat-Downs at Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/08/2017, 5:00 AM

The Transportation Security Administration is adopting a new, more "comprehensive" (read: invasive) pat-down procedure at the nation's airports.  How comprehensive? The agency is warning local police departments that they may receive an increase in allegations of inappropriate touching against TSA agents.  The new, more rigorous friskings will be given to those passengers chosen fo...

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...

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