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Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Boarding pass barcodes open airport security loophole fears

Security flaws in how airline boarding passes encode passenger approval information could open a loophole for terrorists, researchers have warned, after exploring the barcodes printed on US passes. Data on whether individual passengers have been cleared for the US PreCheck system is included in the barcode on the boarding documents, with Puckinflight highlighting that such information can be extracted using smartphone scanning apps. With it, passengers can discover whether they'll be allowed to go through security without removing shoes and other clothing, and leaving items such as toiletries and laptops in their bags.

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Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google tipped to acquire travel brand Frommer’s

Google is buying travel brand Frommer's, according to The Wall Street Journal. The search engine is reportedly purchasing the brand from John Wiley & Sons in order to bolster its search results regarding local places and attractions. In case you’re not familiar with Frommer's, it provides a detailed database of places to visit in various cities across the world, as well as hotel, restaurant, and store listings.

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High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

If you want to fly the friendly skies in the best airline possible, Sir Richard Branson's fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft might be the ticket you're looking for. His Virgin America line was rated the number one domestic airline in the US for the fifth year in a row. Could it be the free in-flight video games?

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Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta Airlines will be expanding WiFi access to more than 150 international aircraft including Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 starting at the beginning of 2013. Existing air-to-ground service has been conveniently available on domestic flights within the US, but international access has always been constrained by this ground-based technology normally used by airlines.

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Royal Caribbean to offer faster on-board Internet

Royal Caribbean to offer faster on-board Internet

For millions of vacationers every year, there remains only one form of travel where you can truly leave all the digital disruptions of your life at home - on a cruise ship. That's mainly because all those distractions simply don't work. Mobile phone service is unavailable and even if you're willing to pay the outrageous Internet fees, you can only browse at speeds that remind you of the days of dial-up.

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Clear airport security alternative relaunches

Clear airport security alternative relaunches

Clear, the service that tried to attract people to the idea of a faster and more secure way through airport security, is back up and running after it had to shut down in 2009 due to poor management and massive debt. Clear CEO Caryn Seidman Becker was quoted as saying that the new company will be even more attractive, saying anyone who registers will be able to get through security in five minutes or less.

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Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Usually, whenever there's a story about more mobile phone service being added, it's a good thing. Bringing reception to rural America, third-world countries, and underground subway stations are all fantastic. In fact, we can only think of one situation where making it possible to place cell phone calls would be a bad thing - on an airplane. Nevertheless, Virgin Atlantic is forging ahead with plans to do exactly that on a number of its flights by the end of 2012.

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Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

If you're one of those people who has to tweet every 10 seconds, never keeps your Facebook page outdated, and always checks out up and coming platforms like Instagram and Pinterest? If so, then you probably already know about Klout, a startup that ranks individuals based on their social media presence. It is largely just a way to brag about yourself online - but one airline is starting to turn it into something more.

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Non-metal underwear bomb could cue full-body scanner step-up

Non-metal underwear bomb could cue full-body scanner step-up

A metal-free bomb potentially capable of passing undetected through traditional airport metal detectors has refocused attention on airline security, with the US government seizing a sophisticated explosive from what's said to be an Al Qaeda scheme. The device itself is described by US security forces as having a "more sophisticated triggering device" than the so-called underwear bomb of 2009, the NYTimes reports, and replaces that original design's metallic components with new parts that would not, it's suggested, show up in standard metal detector scan. The FBI is still to confirm whether the full-body scanners newly implemented at many airports would have spotted the device.

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