Travel News: December 28, 2016

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Korean Air to use tasers to clamp down on violent passengers
The Independent

Korean Air is to allow its staff to “readily” use tasers on unruly passengers after receiving criticism from US singer Richard Marx for the way it handled an on-board incident.

The airline announced tough new measures after Marx was forced to step in and help restrain a violent passenger during a flight from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Seoul in South Korea last week.

 

U.S. Border Security Now Asking Foreign Travelers for Social Media Accounts
CN Traveler

On December 20, the U.S. government began asking some foreign travelers entering the country to voluntarily share their social media accounts, in an attempt to prevent terrorism. The request is specifically being given to those arriving on the visa waiver program, who are given the option to select social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+, and then enter their account names for each when going through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization process.

As Politico reports, the move has not been without controversy. Tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as well as consumer advocates, have criticized the new policy, citing privacy concerns, among other things. And while a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection said that the new measure is meant to “identify potential threats,” there are also concerns about how much of an “option” it will be for foreigner travelers entering the country who don’t want to share their social media information.

 

El San Juan Hotel joins Hilton’s Curio collection
Travel Weekly

The El San Juan Hotel in Puerto will join Hilton’s Curio collection of independent hotels when the historic property reopens Feb. 5, following a renovation.

The 388-room property, closed since Aug. 15, will have remodeled guest rooms, a new pool, 22 luxury cabanas, a new fitness center and spa facilities, new restaurants, upgraded shops and a transformed lobby.

 

Alaska Air must decide fate of Virgin America’s Airbus jets
USA Today

The merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America brings an interesting new dynamic that Seattle-based Alaska now must navigate: a fleet of jetliners from two different aerospace giants.

Alaska Airlines’ mainline fleet consists solely of Boeing 737s. Emblazoned on the nose of each are these words: “Proudly all Boeing.” However, merger partner Virgin America flies Airbus A320s, the family of planes from Boeing rival Airbus that are a direct competitor to the 737 line.

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