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May 15, 2012
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  • FBI warning: Hackers targeting travelers using hotel Internet
    The FBI is warning travelers with reservations at a foreign hotel to beware of computer hackers using a sneaky pop-up window to get Internet users to unleash a worm that can steal important personal information. "Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel rooms," stated a bulletin from the Internet Crime Complaint Center. TechNewsWorld (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Business travelers have a new mascot: The Pet Peeve
    Additional bag fees. A lack of power outlets. The delayed flight home. "What may be small annoyances to infrequent travelers can easily induce insanity in business travelers who have to face such annoyances over and over again," Jeffrey K. Rohrs writes. To help business travelers weather the nuisances of travel, there's a brand new mascot, this tongue-in-cheek column notes: Meet The Pet Peeve. MediaPost Communications (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Spotlight on Orlando’s Inspiration
Fueled by imagination and innovation, Orlando meetings inspire. Visit Orlando’s Inspiration Spotlight series showcases relevant moments shared by our meeting planners and attendees—real people solving real problems, real ideas that led to real results. Watch and be inspired at OrlandoMeeting.com.
The Smarter Traveler 
  • Crowd-sourced websites help travelers find power outlets
    Travelers hunting for power outlets in airports have two handy resources in AirPower Wiki and AirportPlugs.com, both of which are crowd-sourced websites that are aiming to build maps of the locations of outlets at airports in the U.S. and around the world. Both sites invite passengers to upload exact information about the location of an outlet and in the case of the latter site to provide photos. APEX Editor's Blog (5/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Expensify looks to streamline expense reports for travelers
    San Francisco-based company Expensify wants to help passengers simplify the process of filing expense reports with a product that tracks travel and builds a report throughout a trip. "We'll e-mail you updates on your flights and hotels along the way and use your expense trail to pull up a complete record of your trip, because we're tracking your itinerary and categorizing all your receipts," said Expensify founder David Barrett. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Refuel and Refresh 
  • Airlines look at creative cabin layouts for better sleep
    Airlines are getting creative with layouts of first-class cabins for international flights to try to ensure a good night's sleep for passengers. Rows of seats may be staggered or angled to allow for greater comfort and room. "At the end of the day, the question is, how do you maximize revenue per square foot," said Don Cox, director of customer experience at Delta Air Lines. The Wall Street Journal (5/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Fresh, organic produce is making its way onto airplane menus
    Small Swedish airline Kullaflyg offers a fresh, locally sourced menu available for purchase by all passengers aboard its planes, including bread from local bakeries, home-grown honey and organic eggs. Virgin Australia also offers fresh, local produce for its business-class menu and focuses on meals that can be prepared shortly before flight. APEX Editor's Blog (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Destination of the Week 
  • How the Windy City woos business travelers
     
    Its skyscrapers buttressing the Midwestern skies above Lake Michigan, Chicago's universities make it a hub for R&D, while its hotels, restaurants and shopping make it a pleasant stop for any business traveler. As the economy continues to spawn leaner startups, watch for more meetings in up-and-coming neighborhoods like Bucktown, Logan Square, and Wicker Park, where young professionals work and live. Frommers.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • What's your No. 1 travel pet peeve?
Delayed or canceled flights
Armrest hogs
Seat kickers
Thin hotel room walls
Lack of airport power outlets
Sudden seat recliners
Overstuffed overhead bins

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