In brief: Fewer pat-downs for kids in US airports
The TSA is changing how it screens children, Google gets in the travel search game, Air Canada flight attendants likely to strike and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
New TSA screening procedures for children
Airport security screenings for kids 12 and under will change as soon as this week, the US Homeland Security Secretary announced yesterday. Children will keep their shoes on when going through security and fewer will receive pat-downs. According to a USA Today article the TSA claims this step is the latest change in moving toward risk-based screening.
Google launches flight search
Google officially launched a flight search service yesterday, vying for users against travel metasearch sites such as Kayak and Orbitz, the Los Angeles Times reports. The service only includes certain US cities thus far, but it is available at Google.com/flights.
Upscale hotels advertise with a new sentiment
High-end hotels are taking a new marketing approach in this grim economy and advertising the intangibles — memories, experiences — they claim to uniquely offer, the New York Times reports. With catchphrases like “Let us stay with you” and “Embark on a journey like no other” luxury hotels hope to position themselves as necessary and worthy expenditures for travellers with means.
Air Canada attendants may strike
The flight attendants of Canada’s largest airlines, Air Canada, are poised to strike as soon as 21 September, USA Today reports. The Canadian Union of Public Employees said 98% of attendants voted in favour of the strike in response to disputes about “wages, pensions and crew rest, working conditions and work rules”.
The mega retweet
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“Another reason I love Japan: I am not the only person taking pictures of my food. In fact, everybody's doing it.”
-@WheresAndrew, National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad”