To further their cause, Ryanair has started two new campaigns, Let’s Beat Terrorism: Keep Britain Flying; and the highly effective, New Airport Security Procedures: Put Fun Back Into Flying, which depicts a crowd of naked people standing around their luggage (which Ryanair actually posted on their own website).
Ever since liquids and gels have been included on the list of banned items in carry-on luggage, taking eye drops, lip moisturizers, and even gel-cap medication with you on the plane has been next to impossible. But there is one liquid filled item still moving freely through the security lines, padded bras.
In a bid to increase security and make document forgery more difficult the United States plans to start issuing new e-Passports, complete with a built-in RFID chip, in October. However, despite the government’s assurance that the data on the RFID chip is safe, at least one person has already devised a way to clone the chip.
The RFID chip embedded in the e-Passports will contain your personal identifiable information that immigration officials can use to verify your documented information. Unfortunately the data on the chip is not encrypted. Enter Lukas Grunwald, a security consultant and RFID expert. Grunwald says it took him only two weeks to figure out how to clone the passport chip, with most of that time devoted to simply learning the standards. Grunwald plans to demostrate his technique at the upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
The web has made it undeniably easier to search, compare, and purchase airline tickets online. However, while many feel that sites such as Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz are providing them tools to beat the system, they are sorely mistaken. The problem is that even at those sites the real customers are the travel companies — not you.
The trick is understanding the airlines’ complex algorithms (which analyze demand, competitors’ prices and other data) that are used to determine ticket prices. It’s those algorithms which can cause the price of the exact same flight to fluctuate hundreds of dollars in a matter of days, and sometimes hours.
Enter Farecast, a new web based service that aims to monitor and analyze price data, and attempt to predict when airfares might rise and fall and by how much — and more importantly, when they might hit their low point. “Farecast leverages the power of data to put you back in charge, or at least more in charge.”
In this post 9/11 world, it’s impossible to fly without some type of government issued identification; at least that is the thinking of most of us, including John Gilmore. Gilmore, the co-founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently argued in court that it was unconstitutional to require passengers to show identification when flying. Losing that battle, he took the issue to a meeting of the Department of Homeland Security privacy advisory committee.
What happens when you combine the luxury of BMW with the new Airbus? Travel with style.
Airbus A350 will unveil its new A350 twinjet at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 exhibition in Hamburg next month that will feature opulent interiors by BMW. Airbus has linked with BMW Group Designworks to design a new interior on the A350. The ultra-luxury cabin will boast of high-end luxury features like the A350 chief engineer Dougie Hunter says, “We can project onto the ceiling whatever is appropriate for the mood required – for example the night sky or clouds etc.” Hunter says that, “a concept around the door two area has a bar area and seating for economy while the entrance area will feature a dome to give the feeling of spaciousness or openness in the cabin.”