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By Cailey Rizzo2015-11-18 15:58:25 UTC
Every airport has those people who slow down the entire process for everyone, from check-in to boarding. From the woman who forgets to remove her liquids to the man who doesn’t remove his laptop from its case, some people in airport security are just the worst. So, in order to solve that problem and speed up airport security especially with holiday travel coming up JetBlue made three videos that we’d love to make mandatory viewing for everyone in the airport.
The videos touch on three common mistakes that slow down the security process for everyone.
Carry-on bags cannot be any larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″. But just pack smart and there’s an awful lot you can fit in that space.
Let s Play Airport! Today s challenge: 3.4-ounce liquids. And H2O-my gosh these contestants are fish out of water! Like if YOUR airport skills are on point. Posted by JetBlue Airways on Thursday, 15 October 2015
Remember: carry-on liquids must be less than 3.4 ounces. However empty water bottles, no matter the size, are totally ok. Jury’s still out on empty wine bottles…
What to wear
Try to wear easy on, easy off shoes with socks underneath. And don’t wear too many layers. Basically, just keep it simple. Bonus points if you can remove your jacket before you even approach the security line.
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Authorities cleared both Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. that had to be diverted Tuesday night because of anonymous threats received after they had taken off. Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was diverted to Salt Lake City International Airport, Air France said in a statement. At about the same time a second flight, Air France 55, took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington and was diverted to Halifax on Canada’s East Coast, officials said. Passengers got off both planes safely and were taken to terminals.
American authorities investigated and found no credible threat, according to an FBI statement released late Tuesday night. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said investigators found no evidence of an explosive device after they searched the plane and luggage. Passengers in the Utah airport were boarding their plane again around 11:30 p.m., Salt Lake airport spokeswoman Bianca Shreeve said.
Keith Rosso of Santa Monica, California, a passenger on the flight from Los Angeles with his fiancee, said “everything was smooth, everything was great, everything was going swell” for the first two hours of the flight, then things changed.
“The flight attendants quickly came by and cleared plates, then there was an announcement that we were making an emergency landing and that the flight attendants were trained exactly for situations like this,” Rosso told The Associated Press by phone from the airport in Salt Lake City.
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He said he looked at the flight monitor at his seat and saw that “we had made a pretty sharp right turn we had been almost near Canada toward Salt Lake City.”
Rosso said an FBI agent interviewed the passengers after the landing. In Halifax, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led the investigation. RCMP Constable Mark Skinner said there were 262 people onboard that plane, which also received an anonymous threat. No further details on that threat were released.
“We received a complaint of a bomb threat and we responded to it,” Skinner said.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport spokesman Peter Spurway said police cleared the plane. He said passengers will go through Canadian customs, pick up their baggage and be put up at hotels overnight.
“Air France will make a decision as to when it will depart,” Spurway said.
The threats came after last week’s attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and heightened security concerns around the world.
Associated Press Writers Stephanie Siek in New York, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Andrew Dalton and Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed to this report.
Levi s Stadium is a technological marvel and one of the most sophisticated sports stadiums in the world. That makes sense, given that the new home of the San Francisco 49ers football team sits in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Wi-Fi network, some 600 access points strung together with 400 miles of cable, can transfer 40 gigabits of data per second. Some 1,200 Bluetooth beacons guide fans to their seats and other locations. More than 2,000 TVs scattered throughout the place ensure no one misses a second of action while waiting in line for hot dogs and beer. That s all well and good, but nothing new to 21st century fans accustomed to being connected everywhere they go. Far more novel is the tech fans will see outside the stadium in the security line. Levi s Stadium is the anchor customer in the US for Qylur Security Solutions and its innovative scanner that promises to to make the security gauntlet significantly less of a pain in the ass. The Qylatron Entry Experience Solution is a honeycomb-like machine of five pods that replaces the surly guy who pokes through your stuff with a stick to make sure you aren t carrying contraband. The process is simple, designed to improve not just security, but the entry experience. Hold your ticket aloft and a ticket scanner assigns you to one of five pods, each the size of large microwave oven. Pop in your bag, close the door, and walk to the other side. By the time you get there, the machine will have scanned your stuff for any number of things, as determined by the security team. The system can handle up to 600 guests in an hour (each with one bag), and needs just four people to keep it running.
Qylur doesn t say much when asked exactly how the Qylatron works, but we know it uses radiation and chemical sensors to look for explosives. A multi-view X-ray uses machine learning to identify things like weapons, and the software can be updated to look for new threats as they re identified. If the machine sees something it doesn t like, it alerts a security officer and the door turns purple. If you re good to go, the door turns green, and you use your ticket to unlock it and take your bag. You don t have to open your bag or let anyone touch it. With five people moving through at once, you re through security almost as quickly as you can roll your eyes. The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi evaluated the Qylatron in 2010, calling it very impressive technology with tremendous potential. On a scale of 1 to 3 2 being meets expectations, 3 being exceeds them the system scored 1.98 out of 2 in guest experience, 1.94 in operational efficiency, 1.97 in core security and detection capability, and 1.98 in total. Overall, the [subject matter experts] were very impressed with the Qylatron s technology and its ability to screen using over 200 different detection parameters, the report concluded. Some noted that a detection system like this has never been seen in the sports venue market. Qylur tested tested the Qylatron at the World Cup in Brazil last year, and installed it at Disneyland Paris, but its appearance in Silicon Valley is a bigger sign the company s moving forward. Qylur s been in talks with various arenas, says CEO Lisa Dolev, but Levi s Stadium s focus on consumer-facing tech and its place in Silicon Valley also home to Qylur make it a natural partner. They really made the most sense, Dolev says.
Qylur s machine was installed at the stadium in October, but it s not monitoring game day fans just yet. For now, it s screening people coming in for daily tours. It s something of a trial run so the company can figure out things like how best to train security employees accustomed to poking through your bag with what look like oversized chopsticks. Training started about seven weeks ago, and in the past three weeks, hundreds of fans have been screened. Nobody really likes having to rummage through people s bags, it s not a pleasant experience, Dolev says. If the setup at Levi s Stadium is successful if fans are kept both happy and safe Qylur could move on to screening VIP guests at games, and maybe eventually searching the red and gold-clad hoi polloi. From there, it could spread to other sports venues, serving not just 49ers fans, but patrons of other teams and sports. We expect several more rollouts in 2016 across stadiums, amusement parks and other large public venues, Dolev says. Most awesomely, it could be used for air travel: The TSA is interested. In October, the Transportation Security Laboratory, the agency s R&D arm (what, you re surprised that exists?), announced it will test and evaluate Qylur s system over the next 18 months, with an eye to putting it in use in airports.