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Copenhagen Airport to Track Passengers Using Wi-Fi Data

If you ever find yourself with some time to kill at Copenhagen International Airport, there's a good chance that a company in Switzerland will know exactly how you chose to spend it. SITA, an aviation communications and technology company based in Geneva, recently created a new program capable of tracking passengers' movements, using the Wi-Fi signals emitted from their smartphones and lapto...

Math is Hard: TSA Botched Radiation Levels on Body Scanners

The TSA says it will be re-testing hundreds of airport body scanners after its last round of tests found radiation levels 10 times higher than expected -- a number the agency chalked up to a calculation error. "We understand it as a calculation error," TSA spokesman Sarah Horowitz told Wired, before explaining how difficult it can be to remember to divide by the number of units tested. The T...

Travelteq Trip Sound: We Take a Seat on the Scooting, Suitcase Soundsystem

What it is: A multi-purpose rolling bag that also serves as a portable seat and a take-along boombox. Why it's different: The Trip Sound is a bag, chair and boombox all at once, which makes it pretty unique. It's designed for travelers who find themselves restless in airports, with no free seat to relax upon, and no decent sound system to crank in their hotel rooms. If there's ever been ...

TSA Tests New, Less Invasive Full Body Scanner at Select Airports

Yesterday, the TSA introduced new software for airport security body scanners, in an attempt to enhance traveler privacy without sacrificing air travel safety. Unlike other full body scans, the new software only displays images of generic male and female figures, and not revealing, detailed images of individual passengers. If the system detects something suspicious, screeners will be shown ...

Airport's Holographic Announcers Won't Make Security Lines Any More Fun

Travelers passing through security lines at the U.K.'s Luton Airport will now be greeted by two smiling, photogenic faces -- belonging to holographic announcers. According to the BBC, Luton is the world's first airport to introduce holographic staff members, as part of an experimental program designed to streamline the screening process and enhance traveler experience. The two holograms are des...

TripAdvisor Taps Your Facebook Friends for Travel Recommendations

Facebook users planning their next vacations can now easily consult their friends' opinions, thanks to a comprehensive new recommendation service from TripAdvisor. The feature uses Facebook's Instant Personalization platform to generate travel recommendations based on the cities your friends have visited, their most popular destinations, and their personal reviews of each place. All this infor...

'Word Lens' Translate Real World Text in Real-Time with iPhone Camera

Speaking a foreign language in a foreign land can sometimes be fun, but every now and then, it just gets annoying -- especially when you're tired, hungry, and don't feel like decoding an entire tapas menu, or worrying about whether you should order in the subjunctive. From now on, though, you may never have to, thanks to a new app called 'Word Lens' from QuestVisual As TechCrunch explains, Wor...

Hate the Body Scanners? Protect Your Privates With Radiation-Blocking Briefs

No matter what side of the body-scanner fence you call home -- the Righteous Nation of Hands Off Our Junk, or the Republic of Poor TSA Workers Forced to Look at and/or Fondle Your Bits -- you should now know that the saturation point has been reached (even before National Opt Out Day!), and that we have entered the realm of self-parody. How can we tell? Well, now the tinfoil hat inventors have jum...

Tech Travel Tip: Remember to Bring (Gadget) Protection

With the week drawing to a triumphant close, we thought we'd end our series on tech travel tips with a brief rundown of how to go about physically protecting your gadgets while abroad. Of course, the degree to which you sheath your beloved laptops and tablets largely depends upon where you're going. If you're planning on surfing the Web from the beaches of Brazil, you might want to take extra pre...

Tech Traveling Tips: Avoid Roaming While Roaming Freely

Networks, bandwidth and capabilities are varied enough within any given country (as will be confirmed by anyone who's tried to get an iPhone on Verizon), but they're an entirely new mess when you start crossing borders. So, if you plan on staying connected without bankrupting yourself, you might want to see if your phone can handle the trip -- and make sure you aren't signing away your first-born...

Tech Travel Tips: How to Keep Your Power Pumping

Once you're across the seas, you'll start snapping photos, turning up your MP3 player, and blogging your adventures -- that is, until you run out of juice. Buying converters in the airport is always über-expensive, and being stuck without one when you need it is hair-pulling. Not sure if you should make the investment? Remember that voltage varies in different continents, and, if you have an...

Traveling Abroad? Make Sure Your Gadgets Are Ready for Take Off

Your tickets are booked. Your bags are packed. Your passport's been dusted off. It's finally time to take off for that exotic vacation you so sorely deserve, and to totally disconnect from the rest of the world... sort of. Sure, you probably won't want to spend too much time trolling through e-mails instead of strolling across the Île Saint-Louis. If you're like us, though, you'll still ...

TSA Bans Large Printer Cartridges From Passenger Flights

If you were planning on traveling with a suitcase full of printer cartridges, we've got some bad news. The TSA has decided to ban printer and toner cartridges that weigh more than 16 ounces from both carry-on and checked luggage on all flights bound for U.S. destinations. But it shouldn't surprise you to learn of the new prohibition, considering the bomb scare two weeks ago. Explosive devices wer...

Google Chrome Giving Out Free Airplane Wi-Fi for the Holidays

Last year, Google helped ease the pain of holiday travel by offering free Wi-Fi in many major U.S. airports. Now, the Google Chrome team is taking the deal to the skies with free wireless Gogo Internet on Airtrain Airways, Delta and Virgin America flights. The Wi-Fi hookup lasts from November 20th, 2010 to January 2nd, 2011, long enough to get you through the pains of Thanksgiving dinner to the po...

Singapore Airlines May Allow Cell Phone Use During Long Flights

Many major airlines offer Wi-Fi connectivity on flights, but according to ABC News, Singapore Airlines could allow passengers to send text messages or make cell phone calls on medium-to-long flights as soon as early next year. This service, which is part of an in-flight Wi-Fi Internet system being implemented, would be available on about 43 planes -- or half the airline's fleet. Of course, cell p...