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USA: initiative calls to protest airport scanners on "National Opt Out Day"

Grassroots airline boycott effort "We Won’t Fly" is organizing mass x-ray scanner opt outs at airports around the nation for National Opt Out of the Airport Scanners Day, November 24 in order to highlight the health and privacy dangers of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) backscatter x-ray airport scanners.


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Canada: new saftey and security measures in air travel

On October 29, 2010, two suspicious packages originating in Yemen were found in the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. Following this incident, the Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety announced new aviation security measures to further enhance the safety and security of Canada’s aviation system, to come into effect Nov. 8, 2010:

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USA: law suit seeks suspension of body scanner program

The watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a law suit in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals urging the court to suspend the advanced imaging technology (AIT) body scanner program. Well-known consumer advocate Ralph Nader has also joined EPIC in urging Senate hearings on full body scanners at airports. The federal government's brief in the law suit is due by December 15, 2010.

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U.S. issues Europe travel alert / U.K. updates travel advice for France and Germany

The State Department on Sunday issued a travel alert for all of Europe, saying that there is a heightened terrorism threat from al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations. At the same time, the British Foreign Office updated its travel advice for France and Germany.

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USA: Civil Liberties Groups suing DHS over laptop seizure at borders

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) policy permitting border agents to search, copy and detain travelers' electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion.

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Canada: investigation on passenger face control by airlines

Transport Minister John Baird has ordered an investigation into whether airlines are enforcing rules that require staff to see the faces of passengers who board their flights. He said in a statement that there are procedures in place to verify the identity of anyone who has their face covered, adding the approach is consistent with international standards, regardless of culture or religion.

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Northern Ireland: Hotel - Discrimination Against "Travelling People"

McDonagh v Thom (Trading as Royal Hotel Dungannon) [2007] NICA 3

M was a member of the Irish travelling community (these are itinerant people, similar to the Romany people but of Irish extraction). They had pre-booked functions at the hotel for January, April and September. During the function in January there was an outbreak of violence that included the use of knives. Because of this staff at the hotel refused to work at any function involving this group. T cancelled the April and September bookings.

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USA: Cruise Line Vessel Security and Safety Act passes the House

The Cruise Line Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009 passed the House on Wednesday evening; the Senate has already unanimously approved the bill. The approved legislation is a significant victory for cruise passengers’ rights and is now being sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.