A collection of interesting bits and pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…


Man Forgets to Put Phone in Airplane Mode, Gets $300 Bill

 

About 5 years ago the ban on using personal electronics below 10,000 feet on U.S. flights was lifted.

Almost everyone at some point mistakenly either left their phone on in their bag, or had some electronics turn on during the flight which they only realized later. And no Really. Bad. Things. happened. Nor did problems arise when pilots used tablets in the cockpit, either. The notion that $100 million equipment could be brought down by an iPod, or by 100 iPods, was the subject of ridicule.

Now passengers can use their phones or tablets with the door closed, during taxi, and takeoff. But devices are supposed to be in airplane mode.

https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2018/12/06/man-forgets-to-put-phone-in-airplane-mode-gets-300-bill/


Louis Vuitton owner to buy luxury travel brand Belmond for $2.6 Billion

LVMH is making a $2.6 billion bet that consumers who spend $1,000 on a Louis Vuitton bag will splash out for a $2,000-a-night hotel on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

The French luxury giant agreed to buy Belmond Ltd., owner of New York’s ‘21’ Club and high-end resorts around the world. The transaction is LVMH’s largest since taking full control of Christian Dior for more than $7 billion last year and pushes the company further into services amid rising concern about the sustainability of the Chinese demand that’s driven fashion industry growth.

https://skift.com/2018/12/14/louis-vuitton-owner-to-buy-luxury-travel-brand-belmond-for-2-6-billion/


The 25 worst passwords of 2018 

Have we learned nothing from the numerous hacks and leaks in recent memory?

Apparently not.

Password-management company SplashData released its annual list of the 100 worst passwords of the year based on 5 million leaked passwords on the internet. The worst passwords continued to be “123456” and “password.”

Some of you have switched things up, as there are several new entries to this year’s list, like “donald” ranked at number 23, presumably inspired by President Donald Trump.

https://www.businessinsider.com/worst-passwords-of-2018


Swiss hotels are hiring Instagram “sitters” to post photos for you

A hotel chain in Switzerland is offering a new service: a “social media sitter” who will take photos of a guest’s vacation and post them on Instagram on their behalf.

This is the world we are now all living in.

https://qz.com/1475378/swiss-hotels-are-hiring-instagram-sitters-to-post-photos-for-you/

H/T Travelbloggerbuzz

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