Ten years ago, British domestic security claimed to have caught a terrorist cell that had planned to blow up airplanes with a gel they'd carry on in a Gatorade bottle and detonate with an Ipod.
Later that day, British aviation authorities banned all carry-on luggage and, shortly after, aviation authorities around the world announced that henceforth, passengers would only be allowed to carry a maximum of one liter of liquids, in bottles of no more than 100ml.
Ten years later, we still don't know if it's possible to mix a piranha bath in airplane sink without gassing yourself to death, let alone use it to make a liquid explosive in flight.
But we've sure given up a lot of water-bottles.
Today on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog, Steven R Boyett (author of the classic fantasy novel Ariel) writes about Fata Morgana, the new alternate history/WWII novel he’s just published with Ken Mitchroney.
Yennifer Correia was at Houston airport waiting for her United flight to a gig with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra when a United gate agent told her she’d have to check her precious, 17th century violin (federal law requires airlines to allow musicians to carry on such instruments).
The US aviation industry is highly concentrated, with only four major airlines left in the country; for years, they’ve been lobbying to get rid of the FAA and take over their own safety oversight.
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Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]