News and notes from around the interweb:
- Some hotels saving money by combining the role of chef and food and beverage director
- New list of 10 worst U.S. airports but how do you put LaGuardia and Newark on it and not JFK? Philadephia makes sense, but Dallas, Chicago O’Hare and Cleveland… and not Miami?
- Disney World ‘enthusiasts’ say trip costs too much for average families
- Smile! You’re being photographed in the airport, your image is being put into a government database, and the U.S. government is offering it to governments all over the world.
“IDENT, contains 272 million unique identities, including 6.7 million iris pairs and 1.1 billion face images.” A large and growing percentage of these mug shots are photos of faces of domestic and international air travelers taken by cameras operated by airlines and airports at check-in counters, boarding gates, and other airport locations.
- Hilton to design space station bedrooms for astronauts so don’t expect suite upgrades or late check out in orbit, either.
- More images of the Sky Club-pocalypse.
Another day, another long line out of an at-capacity Delta Sky Club pic.twitter.com/owCCgsxJib
— Kyle Potter (@kpottermn) September 19, 2022
Just got this photo. He said this line is empty compared to the other one. Edit to my earlier tweet: looks like it is a line for AMEX (and perhaps SkyTeam Elite members?) and one for 360/Diamond/D1. https://t.co/z2tsQ8w6fr pic.twitter.com/okCxY56tjh
— Jonathan Jacobs (@JonEJacobs) September 19, 2022
Pre-Covid, the TK lounge at IAD was often like that. LIne of 20 people to get in with PP, but *G and international J could walk right in. But since so crowded, I often then just skipped it and went to the LH lounge nearby. Haven’t seen it this year, but PP also added VS and AF (at least for now), and those on international *A J are over at the Polaris.
Have never seen lines at the only Delta club in DC, at Reagan.
It’s called the Plain View Doctrine. No person has a reasonable expectation of privacy if they are in public spaces. Airport facilities have posted warnings that surveillance cameras are in use. Airport facilities have posted warnings that all persons are subject to search. Even pre-security. Every person can expect to be photographed. Law enforcement agencies collaborate via the INTERPOL system. Yes, your image will be forwarded to other governments.
If you walk into ANY casino in the world, guess what. For about 20 years or so, casinos have been using facial recognition and casinos have been sharing your photo with all other casinos. It all started in the mid-1990s as a result of the Madrid roulette family and the MIT card-counting club. Casinos recognized they needed to collaborate. Trust me on this one.
If you are in your back yard and you are readily observable from any point not on your property (say, your next door neighbor’s yard or from a helicopter not directly over your property), the Plain View Doctrine applies. If you are inside your house and you are readily observable from any point not on your property, the Plain View Doctrine applies. If a bag of heroin resting on the back seat of your car is readily observable from any point outside your car, the Plain View Doctrine applies.
This is long-settled law. Get over it.
Yes, Disney can be expensive if you don’t know how to do it or want to live the premium life. I’m thinking these Disney enthusiasts are not actually people who go often.
My wife and I both lost our jobs during Covid and are now making 40% less money after taxes. We take 3-4 day trips from the northeast to Disney to escape the cold weather and barely spend any money, our last trip the boarding fees for the dogs were more expensive than the trip.
I’m not really worried about government surveillance from an agency that takes 6 months to respond to a simple pre-check application status email. It’s like being worried the post office is tracking your mail when half the employees don’t show up for work.
Wow, six months? This gov’t is waaaay to damn big.
I think that with so much information online as to how to achieve lounge access & with so many bloggers reviewing them, more people will find it appealing to them. Thus, more people with lounge access.
If you don’t like the Cameras move to Africa there are very few in the Congo. but then again you are the main course for someone’s dinner. Google your name and you will see everything out there on yourself.