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Germanwings launches bundled pricing

Passengers can now purchase bundled tickets including seat selection and checked luggage, at a 25 percent discount over buying the “extras” separately. The carrier has also introduced the option of buying adjacent empty seats.
The new pricing options mean customers can choose between Basic, Best and Flex fares, offering differing benefits. Basic, as the name would suggest, covers the basic cost of the flight, hand luggage up to 8kg, and miles within the carrier’s Boomerang Club loyalty scheme, while Best also includes one piece of checked luggage, advance seat selection, and an onboard snack and drink. Germanwings says that buying this bundled fare is 25 percent cheaper than purchasing the extras separately.
Flex fares include all of the benefits of the Best option, plus the ability to change your booking without charge (or cancel it for a €25 fee), plus checked luggage allowance up to five pieces, and double Boomerang Club miles.
Germanwings has also launched a “Private Seat…

Outdoor London No.2: Tom's Terrace, Somerset House

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The moderately well-known River Terrace Cafe at London’s Somerset House has been redesigned and will re-open next week (April 29) ready for the summer. Overlooking the river Thames and with an informal menu by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, the restaurant will have a weather-essential futuristic canopy will certainly provide a contrast to the neo-classical exterior with the courtyard of 55 dancing fountains in the summer and ice rink in the winter.
The menu will include Tom’s Kitchen Tasting Board (which includes Coronation Crab Salad, Mini Burgers and Tartine of Red Onion and Aubergine Compote), Grilled Paillard of Chicken Salad, Hot Smoked Loch Duart Salmon and a delectable range of desserts such as Eton Mess and Mango Rice Pudding.
In addition, the existing Admiralty Restaurant will be transformed into “Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House”, following on from Tom’s Kitchen restaurant in Chels…

Compare People on Facebook

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Vulnerability: The Compare People application on Facebook sends user profile information, such as age, gender, city, ZIP code, favorite music, favorite movies, favorite TV shows, favorite books, “about me,” activities, interests, and political view to Google AdSense when displaying advertisements within the application.
Progress:Facebook has been notified. Compare People has commented; see below for updates.

More Detail: Today I was checking out my rankings in Compare People and decided to check for any security or privacy holes. While I haven’t actually hacked it (though I have some ideas), I was quite surprised to discover how much of my profile information is collected and sent to AdSense. From what I understand, this information is stored by Google, and thus this practice clearly violates Facebook’s TOS in that it...
shares personal information with a third party without the user’s knowledge or consent and the third party stores information whose storages is restricted by the plat…

United Kingdom: BA Cabin Crews Begin Five-Day Strike

May 24, 2010 — British Airways cabin crews represented by Unite the Union walked off the job today (5/24) as expected. The five-day strike will run through May 29th. British Airways has asked travelers not to come to the airport unless they have a confirmed booking.
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Jamaica: U.S. Travel Alert Cites Jamaica Airport Access Problems

May 23, 2010 — Late on Friday (5/21), the U.S. State Department issued the following Travel Alert for Jamaica about the degrading security situation there, particularly the capital of Kingston. From U.S. State Department: The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens about developing security concerns in Jamaica, particularly the Kingston area. The possibility exists for violence and/or civil unrest in the greater Kingston metropolitan area. There are unconfirmed reports of criminal gang members amassing in the Kingston area, as well as mobilization of Jamaican defense forces. If the situation ignites, there is a possibility of severe disruptions of movement within Kingston, including blocking of access roads to the Norman Manley International Airport. The possibility exists that unrest could spread beyond the general Kingston area. U.S. Embassy Kingston is taking extra security precautions. This Travel Alert expires on June 21, 2010.
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India: At Least 158 Dead in Air India Express Crash

May 22, 2010 — An Air India Express Boeing 737 overshot a runway at India's Mangalore airport, crashed and caught fire Saturday (5/22) morning. There are a few survivors, but at least 158 people are feared dead.
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Afghanistan: Search Crews Reach Afghan Crash Site

May 21, 2010 — On Friday (5/20), search and rescue teams reached the crash site of the Pamir Airways passenger plane that disappeared Monday in the mountains north of Kabul, Afghanistan. So far all reports say that there are no signs of any survivors, and it is unlikely anyone on board survived the crash at 13,500 feet where this time of year it is very cold, windy and snowy.
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U.S. Paper Arrival/Departure Form to Be Eliminated for VWP Nations

May 20, 2010 — Over the course of this summer the DHS is eliminating the use of the paper arrival/departure form (Form I-94W) for authorized travelers from nations participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will activate automated processing for U.S. airports on a rolling basis over the next several months. So, VWP travelers with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will no longer need to file a Form I-94W. DHS says this will help streamline and secure travel for millions of visitors to the U.S.
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BA strikes to go ahead amid anger at 'talks via TV'

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The first in a series of five-day strikes by British Airways cabin crew is to go ahead tomorrow despite last-ditch attempts by the union to reach a resolution. Tony Woodley, the joint leader of the Unite union, said the two sides had made "fantastic progress" during talks at the conciliation service Acas on Saturday, but he is believed to be furious after protesters from the Socialist Workers' party invaded the meeting, halting proceedings and prompting the police to be called. Woodley described the incident as a "catastrophic" breakdown at a crucial stage in the talks, when he believed the two sides were close to a deal. Willie Walsh, BA's chief executive, also indicated that the two sides had "got close" to a resolution before the meeting collapsed. Union insiders said they believed progress had been made over the 55 staff sacked or facing disciplinary action for their involvement in the dispute. Although the union is believed to have held further d…

Essential Tips to maintain your Personal Privacy on the go

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The origins of our Perpetual Traveller Overseas Blog derive from the original Perpetual Traveller or PT concept created by W.G. Hill (a pen name) who wrote the infamous "5 Flags Theory" which advocates a system for truly international orientated people to organisedifferent facets of their lives to fall under the jurisdiction of a number of countries otherwise known as flags. The fundamental [urpose of this theory was to minimize governmental interference (either from taxes or otherwise) or to maximize privacy of the individual.More about the "5 Flag Theory" in the future, however this particular article focuses on the aspect of privacy.
Since the birth of the Perpetual Traveller concept we have endured the dark era of Bush and Blair, which brought the "War on Terrorism" that was manipulated as the ultimate excuse to decrease civil liberty and individual privacy in many parts of the western world. Strangely it was the last bastion of freedom itself "Th…

Philippines: Philippine Governor Killed in Helicopter Crash

May 17, 2010 — A helicopter carrying a Philippine governor crashed into a residential part of Lucena City on Monday. The four people on board, including Governor Rafael Nantes, who is the incumbent governor of Quezon, were killed. At least one and maybe two people on the ground also were killed. Source: Planet Data
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United Flight Diverted for Cockpit Fire

May 17, 2010 — A United Airlines Boeing 757 en route from JFK Airport to Los Angeles diverted to Washington's Dulles Airport on Sunday. The FAA confirmed to the Washington Post that the cause of the unscheduled stop was a "small fire" in the cockpit of the aircraft. Source: Planet Data
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Afghanistan: Passenger Plane Crashes in Afghanistan

May 17, 2010 — An Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesman said that a passenger plane en route from Kunduz to Kabul was carrying 44 people when it crashed Monday near the country's Salang Pass. According to various reports, there is no word yet about casualties. Source:  Planet Data
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Canada: Fighter Jets Escort Cathay Pacific Flight to Vancouver

May 16, 2010 — Some type of threat prompted NORAD to scramble two fighter jets to escort a Cathay Pacific flight arriving at Vancouver International Airport from Hong Kong on Saturday (5/15). The Canadian authorities have not provide much information about the threat yet, other than the Royal Canadian Mounted Police being quoted saying it was a bomb threat.

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Egypt: Man with Weapons in Bags Detained at Cairo Airport

May 12, 2010 — Egyptian authorities arrested an American-Egyptian at the Cairo Airport early Wednesday after he was found to have two 9mm handguns, ammunition, swords and knives in his luggage. The suspect, identified as Mohammed Ibrahim Khalf, arrived on a flight from New York's JFK International Airport. Source: Planet Data
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United Kingdom: Union Says BA Cabin Crews to Strike 20 Days in May and June

May 10, 2010 — British Airways cabin crew members will go on strike for 20 days between May 18 and June 10, Unite announced today (5/10). Unite says the work stoppages will hit on May 18-22 inclusive, May 24-28 inclusive, May 30-June 3 inclusive and June 5-9 inclusive.
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Pakistan: Man's Shoes Cause Security Alert at Karachi Airport

May 10, 2010 — A man was detained at Pakistan's Karachi airport on Sunday after security screeners discovered batteries and electrical circuits in his shoes. However, airport security officials said he was not found to be carrying any explosives.


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Iceland: Volcanic Ash Fouls Up European Air Travel Again

May 8, 2010 — The volcanic ash cloud emanating from the volcano below Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull glacier continues to force flight delays and cancellations, and airspace closures in parts of Europe. And on Saturday airports as far south as Spain's Basque region were closed. Source: Planet Data
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DHS Working on New Video Camera that "Sees It All"

May 7, 2010 — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is touting a new video surveillance camera technology called Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS), which allows for un-distorted, 360 degree very high-resolution footage to be captured. DHS's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed ISIS using technology previously pioneered at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory for military applications. ISIS is being piloted at Boston's Logan International Airport.
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Brazil: Doomed Air France Jet's Data Recorders May Be Located

May 6, 2010 — On Monday (5/3), the French navy resumed its search for the flight data recorders from Air France Flight 447 that crashed in the Atlantic last June. And this new recovery effort is focusing on a specific 580 square mile area because of a breakthrough investigators made when examining audio recordings from last summer. The French Defense Ministry says that new software allowed investigators to scrub the recordings of background noise to detect a possible signal being emitted by one of the flight data recorders on July 1, 2009.


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One-day strike disrupts Athens

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A nationwide strike by public-sector workers in Greece has caused serious disruption to travellers and bank customers. The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), the country's biggest labor grouping with about 1m members, called the strike as a protest against a draft tax bill which it says infringes workers' rights. The bill would reduce unions' role in the running of state-owned firms. Unionists claimed the strike was an overwhelming success and said they would consider another next week. "If the government wants a break with the unions, then it shall have it," GSEE president Christos Polyzogopoulos was quoted as saying. During the 24-hour walkout all public transport was closed, most Olympic Airways flights were grounded and post offices, state television and state banks shut down. Commuter traffic in Athens was thrown into chaos with journeys taking more than twice the usual time. Rioting over harsh austerity measures left three people dead in a torched Ath…

Clear Registered Traveler Program Making Comeback

May 4, 2010 — The registered air traveler program known as Clear, which unexpectedly shutdown last June, looks to make a comeback under new ownership later this year. A company called AlClear purchased the Clear service assets from Verified Identity Pass, Inc. for $6 million in a federal bankruptcy proceeding on April 16. The new company will be known as CLEAR.
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Ireland: Irish Airspace Reopens for Now

May 4, 2010 — Flights to and from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic were grounded Tuesday morning do to volcanic ash drifting from Iceland, but the Civil Aviation Authority and the Irish Aviation Authority lifted the flight ban as of 1 PM local time. However, given the unpredictable nature of the Icelandic volcano, the situation could change and passengers are being advised to check with their airlines before heading to the airport.


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Times Square Bomb Suspect Arrested at JFK Airport

May 4, 2010 — A Pakistani-born, naturalized U.S. citizen taken off a flight at JFK Airport last night and arrested for allegedly driving the bomb-laden SUV into Times Square this past Saturday night. Sources told CNN the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, was on board Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai and booked through to Islamabad, Pakistan. And the jet was pulling away from the gate when it was called back to be searched.
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Bomb Threat Message Found on Flight

May 2, 2010 — According to various reports, a flight attendant on board a United Airlines flight Saturday from Chicago to Philadelphia found a threatening message scrawled either on the mirror or wall of the lavatory. The flight landed safely in Philly, and authorities are questioning everyone on board. It is suspected that one of the passengers wrote the message that read "Bomb on, will die."
Source: Planet Data
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China: Bomb Fear Forces China Flight to Make Emergency Landing

May 1, 2010 — A Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) flight was diverted on Saturday after a passenger told cabin crew he had a bomb on board. The plane was en route from Taipei to Shanghai when the pilot made the emergency landing in Hangzhou. The man's luggage was searched and no explosives were found.
Source: Planet Data
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