“WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and electronic devices on board in carry-on bags.”
“When you first cross any external border of the Schengen area, present your passport for an entry stamp. Immigration officials will decide if you qualify for entry into the Schengen area.”
I’m currently sitting on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on day 2 of a cross-country train trip. The Great American Train Experience 2016. Or as I like to call it in the age of the hashtag: #GATE16. It’s a lofty title for my trip but I like how it fits in the acronym GATE.
I left San Diego yesterday afternoon around 2:45pm and we arrived here just before 11am. My trip will take me on through New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and finally arriving in Chicago, IL tomorrow (Tuesday) at around 3:15pm. I’ll be in Chicago for a couple nights then I leave by train heading West on the Empire Builder. That will take me through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and finally arriving in Portland, OR on Saturday. Sunday I fly home from Portland.
Here is a link if you care to see the map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1sJvN8gyNU-ls4hQ_p_kr32XKm4g&usp=sharing
Why? Well, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Plus, the states I go through on the Empire Builder are the few left to visit on the list of 50. I’ve done a couple cross-country bus trips that took me all over and flew all over at a former job but I’ve been itching to go by train.
So, look for pictures I post along the way and if you are along the route, wave at any Amtraks you see.
“Aaron Puzey says it started out of boredom. He’d been toiling away on his exercise bike for half an hour a day for years, and things were beginning to get tedious. “I’d been day dreaming for a while about the possibility of using VR to make it a bit more fun,” Puzey told The Verge by email.”
“On Saturday evening, during the Eleventh HOPE conference in New York City, three hackers released the final master key used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which opens Safe Skies luggage locks.”
“Your Twitter handle may soon be part of the US visa process. Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection entered a new proposal into the federal register, suggesting a new field in which persons entering the country can declare their various social media accounts and screen names.”
“While traditional smoking has been banned on planes for years, the rules for vaping, or smoking electronic cigarettes, have been much more nebulous. The latest: the U.S. Transportation Department has banned passengers and crew from carrying e-cigarettes or charging the devices in checked baggage.”
“Unfortunately, Hilton isn’t the only hotel chain grappling with malware on sensitive computers. Hyatt is now warning travelers that it recently spotted malware on its payment processing systems (on November 30th, the company tells us).”
“Offline search and navigation was one of the biggest announcements at I/O this May — and now, nearly six months later, that feature is finally reaching users. Today, Google Maps will roll out a new offline mode allowing for driving directions and search.”