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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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AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

AT&T ad-supported Wi-Fi tested in Dallas

Even with the domination of smartphones and mobile data, it's still nice to have Wi-Fi access in places. Maybe you don't have a smartphone. Maybe you need to get some work done and that 4-inch screen just won't do it for you. Maybe you're at the airport and you need to conserve your phone's battery. All of the above, apparently, are good enough reasons for AT&T to test a new pilot project that offers free Wi-Fi to users if they're willing to sit through some good old-fashioned advertising.

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Digiboo Redbox rival launches in airports

Digiboo Redbox rival launches in airports

Digiboo is a new company that aims to be something of a mix between Vudu and Redbox - offering a physical kiosk that allows users to rent or purchase a movie in digital downloadable format. The titles will be available on Flash drives, allowing customers to view their content on a laptop, tablet, or other device that has plug-and-play USB functionality.

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Laser liquid scanner could rescue water bottles from pre-flight trash

Laser liquid scanner could rescue water bottles from pre-flight trash

Having to dump your bottled liquids as you go through airport security has become a frustrating addition to flying headaches in recent years, but the awesome power of lasers could soon ensure your flask contains Evian not napalm. Cobalt Light Systems has cooked up the INSIGHT100, a laser scanning system that can differentiate dangerous substances from safe ones while they're still in their container, opening the aircraft doors to water bottles, perfume and toothpaste.

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Stop Whining and Turn Off Your Phone

Stop Whining and Turn Off Your Phone

I learned when I was a camp counselor that you should always support the person up front. When they say something wrong, let it slide and fix it later. When they suggest something unpopular, go with it, and if it proves unsuccessful, it's no big deal. I never had a camp director suggest we run naked through a poison ivy patch, or show up to Hershey Park at 4AM so we can get a good parking spot. Usually, things worked out in the end.

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American Airlines files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

American Airlines files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

American Airlines has filed for voluntary bankruptcy, promising to maintain current services while it attempts to restructure its "cost and debt structure" into a manageable form. The airline's parent company, AMR Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in the US today, a process that can take anything from months through to years: in the meantime, it will operate normal flight schedules, make refunds and exchanges as usual, and honor all existing tickets and reservations.

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Google Travel launches with flight search service

Google Travel launches with flight search service

Google has quietly launched a new flight search service called Google Travel. The service can be found in a separate portal here and is powered by the recently acquired travel software company ITA. The $700 million acquisition of ITA was scrutinized for several months before being approved with various conditions due to antitrust concerns that may affect the online travel search industry.

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Virgin America announces in-flight entertainment revamp for 2012

Virgin America announces in-flight entertainment revamp for 2012

Virgin America has announced a new partnership with Lufthansa today to bring a major upgrade to their already tech-forward in-flight entertainment system called RED. The revamp to the in-flight entertainment system will include larger touchscreen HD monitors that are internet-capable and also allow passengers to connect their own devices via WiFi.

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Travelocity Exec scooped up by HotelTonight

Travelocity Exec scooped up by HotelTonight

A fledgling travel app called HotelTonight has managed to land a new Chief Marketing Officer that is none other than Travelocity exec Beth Murphy. This is a huge win for the startup as Murphy brings a whole lot of experience from her leadership roles at Yahoo, Digg, Visa, Intuit, and of course Travelocity, which is right up the same alley.

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