In brief: Nepal to re-measure world's highest mountain
TSA to replace intrusive nude images with generic outlines, Nepal to re-measure world's highest mountain, Crowne Plaza employs "snore monitors", and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
TSA to make body scanners less intrusive
Travellers bothered by the body scanners at airport security might soon be getting a small victory. The Transportation Security Administration has taking measures to give passengers more privacy by replacing those fuzzy images of fliers' bare butts and breasts with generic outlines of the human form. TSA Administrator John Pistole told CNN that the new software has similar threat-detection capabilities to the previous program. Of course the new software comes with the obvious advantage of not making passengers feel violated.
TripAdvisor reaches 50 million reviews
TripAdvisor started as a platform for hotel reviews when Steve Kauffer became frustrated about the lack of unbiased information he could find while planning a vacation. Fast-forward 11 years and TripAdvisor has become a powerhouse whose users generate 25 new reviews every minute. It helped revolutionise the travel industry, but despite its success, the Telegraph raises the point that it still receives plenty of criticism regarding the genuineness of its reviews.
Nepal to re-measure Everest
Only the few that have reached Mount Everest's summit can claim to have stood at 29,029ft. Soon they might be able to claim they've stood on ground even taller... or perhaps not quite as tall. Nepal and China have been arguing over the difference of 13ft — the difference between the rock height and the snow height — for years, and now Nepal's government has decided to measure the world's undisputed highest mountain for the first time. Geologists believe Everest is actually growing taller, and Nepal will employ a global positioning system for the two-year endeavour of measuring the mountain. While this still probably won't settle the dispute about where the measurement should end, most of us can agree Everest is still really, really tall.
Frequent flier miles newest target of hackers
Hackers have been after passwords, bank account data and other personal information used for identity theft or years, but now cyber criminals appear to have a new target: airline miles. Security News Daily reports that phishing scams have allowed hackers to gain access to frequent flier accounts. In one case, a Brazilian airlines customer lost a reported $7,600 worth of airline miles. Some criminals have reportedly even offered stolen credit cards in exchange for airline miles. To avoid having your airline miles ripped off, ignore unsolicited offers promising rewards.
"We have quiet zones on two floors of the hotel. As Snore Monitor, I conduct floor walks to check for noise disruptions, paying particular attention to the quiet zone rooms,"
-Laura Simpson, Snore Monitor at Leeds Crowne Plaza hotel in northern England. Crowne Plaza is testing "snore absorption" rooms at 10 hotels in Europe and the Middle East, and six British branches have implemented "snore patrols" on a floor of designated with quiet rooms for light sleepers, Reuters reports. Guests on the quiet floors who break the rules can expect the snore monitor to come knocking.