UK Airport Security stepped up over Electronics

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By now, you're all aware that security at some airports on certain routes has been stepped up, with electronic devices being targeted as the next item that could be an unwelcome item in an airport. The UK Government has seemed to settled on its travel advice which states: Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when … [Read more...]

Twitter User? Check your settings… #privacymatters

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Let me start with off with the obvious - I love using Twitter. Apart from connecting with airlines, it allows me to keep up to date with incidents, as well has off-ball conversations (Because we talk about things that matter... like Kale, Coffee Wine, BMI, The Aer Lingus Buy on Board breakfast - the list goes on and on). Recently, Twitter rolled out an update to their iOS, … [Read more...]

Europe Bans Airport Body Scanners For “Health and Safety” Concerns

Here's a big news breaking from the European Union, Forbes and The Economist. And it's to do with Nude-o-scopes - or Backscatter/Millimetre Wave Scanners. And to be blunt - the European Union is not happy about them in the least. The big line from the release it is this: In order not to risk jeopardising citizens' health and safety, only security scanners which do not … [Read more...]

UK Paranoia hits a new high – Terror alert increased.

Well the UK has decided paranoia must rule again, and the Home Secretary - Alan Johnson has said  the UK terror threat level is being raised from "substantial" to "severe", Whilst no specific threat has been given in relation to the threat increase, The decision to raise the threat level was made by the UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC). Mr Johnson says "We … [Read more...]

UK Goverment goes for MWW scanners… But do they work?

Well it sees the USA isn't the only country that can do kneejerk reactions.  The UK Has commenced a review of airport security, with the upshot of it being Millimetre Wave Scanners (MMW) being implemented in UK airports for deployment by end of January. How do they work? According to Wiki... Clothing and other organic materials are translucent in some extremely high … [Read more...]

Flying with Fish and Elliott.org… *No longer subpoenad*

In very good news (and news I missed by my own admission) both Chris Elliot and Steven Frischling  have had their subpoenas for information regarding the now infamous SD-1544-09-06 TSA Directive withdrawn by the TSA. In addition, the TSA will replace Fish's MacBook that was damaged by the investigation. The TSA describes their investigations nearing completion … [Read more...]

The continuing fallout of NW253 – IFE is back on … but…

Well with the massive changes happening, it seems that now this could hurt operators, with shares in Delta and AMR (American) dropping by about 4%, UAL (United) down 3.4% and US Airways down 6.7%, with fears that this incident will depress air travel further than it is at the moment, and that the extra costs of implementing security changes will affect the back pocket - let … [Read more...]

Taking extreme changes…

It seems the airlines are taking deep action after the NW253 incident. Companies have updated their travel advice to include: Only one item of hand luggage, including items bought airside (British Airways and Virgin will not charge extra)  If your presents are wrapped, check them in Passengers subject to "pat-down" searches before boarding, on top of usual … [Read more...]