Travel News: January 31, 2017

Queensland Australia

Hackers Hijack Hotel’s Smart Locks, Demand Ransom

A resort hotel in Austria has been the target of a series of hacks, including one that crippled the electronic “smart locks” on guest rooms. The attack prevented guests from accessing their rooms and prevented the issuance of new key cards, highlighting the potential fragility of systems in the so-called “internet of things.” Lacking other options, the four-star Seehotel Jägerwirt paid the hackers a modest ransom in Bitcoin to reactivate their systems.

In a followup statement to Bleeping Computer, the hotel’s Managing Director Christoph Brandstätter emphasized that no guests were locked into their rooms, because international fire codes mandate that electronic hotel locks must open from the inside even in the event of system failure.


The Strand Cruise introduces new itinerary for 2017
Travel Daily Media

The Strand Cruise has announced details of a new 11-night itinerary between Mandalay and Yangon, offering passengers the option of a longer and more immersive cruise experience, as well as access to less frequently visited temple sites and villages along Myanmar’s majestic Ayeyarwady River.

The Strand Cruise will operate an 11-night itinerary cruising the 596 mile, osection of the Ayeyarwady River from Mandalay, via Ava, downstream to Yangon, on Friday 28th April 2017.  Passengers will have the option to book the entire itinerary, or alternatively shorter sectors of the voyage between either Mandalay and Bagan, or Bagan and Yangon.


Qantas unveils A380-sized hanger at LAX
USA Today

Where would you hide an A380?

If you needed to, you could fit it completely inside (either nose-in or tail-in, your choice) the $30 million hangar Qantas Airways, Australia’s largest airline, officially unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport.

The hangar, billed as the first in North America specifically designed to accommodate the giant Airbus A380 and one of the largest commercial hangers in North America, replaces one built back in 1958.


Delta Flight Operations Returning to Normal After System Outage
Travel Pulse

Delta Air Lines said operations were slowly returning to normal early Monday after a systems outage forced the airline to ground all domestic flights Sunday night.

The outage occurred around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the airline’s essential IT systems crashed, prompting significant departure delays and cancellations. The systems were restored several hours later and were back to normal shortly after midnight Monday.

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