TSA nabs a flier with a sword and other illegal weapons in his luggage, the UK film set for the Harry Potter movies will open to tours soon, airport officials have presented a design for the security checkpoint of the future, Sacramento debuts a $1 billion airport terminal, round-the-world airfare sale launches on SkyTeam, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
TSA nabs flier with a
sword and other illegal weapons
Yesterday, TSA workers screening luggage at New York’s
JFK airport saw a sword, four sets of brass knuckles and a couple of stun guns
disguised as flashlights, packed in a passenger's
bag. The items are illegal in New York state and the passenger was arrested.
The TSA provided images
of the items to MSNBC. For the record, had the passenger been carrying an
unloaded firearm in his checked baggage, that would have been legal in New York
and most US states.
the airport body scanner of the future?
In Amsterdam, security professionals
have debuted a new design for airport body scanners, and it
looks a lot like the machine Arnold Schwarzenegger's character passed through at a
fictional LAX in the movie Total Recall. The real-life device features "high-tech colour-coded scanning corridors" and depends on
pre-screening passengers for division into different risk-groups, reports
London's Daily Mail.
The UK film studio where the Harry
Potter movies were filmed will open to tours
On 31 March 2012, tours begin of the Harry Potter sets at Leavesden Studios,
located outside of London. If you want to see the
classrooms in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and other stage
sets, book tour tickets, which go on sale 13 October and start in price at
about $40 for adults and $30 for kids, via wbstudiotour.co.uk.
airfare sale launches
The airline alliance SkyTeam is offering up to 33% off
standard prices for round-the-world tickets, for travel through 30 June
2012, to promote the launch of its Round the World Planner, a Web tool to plan
an ideal itinerary on partner airlines, such as AirFrance/KLM, Delta and Korean
Sacramento debuts a
$1 billion airport terminal
The California capital opened a new terminal
yesterday, replacing a 40-year-old structure. In the main hall is a 56ft-long
sculpture of a red
bunny jumping into a suitcase. The airport is currently the fifth-busiest
in the Golden State, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
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