Saturday, October 23, 2010

NYC Airports Introduce Full-Body Scanners

Airport Full Body ScannerTalk to anybody who has seriously traveled in recent years and the one thing every single one of them will tell you is that the worst part of traveling is definitely the airports. Well, not so much the airports as the airport security. And if you have ever been through an airport then you know exactly what I am talking about.

Air travelers already sacrifice their shoes as well as their bottled water in order to mosey on through airport security checkpoints. Going through security takes long enough as it is and the hassles are never few. But now air travelers will have even more security to go through, especially if they are planning on traveling through one of New York City's three major airports.

In light of new security measures being added to New York City airports, some travelers will have to start saying goodbye to their modesty. Not sure what I mean? Well, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a slow rollout of high-tech full body scanners in New York and New Jersey.

The machines give screeners the ability to see beneath an individual's clothing in order to search for weapons or other improper articles. At the Kennedy Airport on Friday, select passengers at the American Airlines terminal were asked to step inside a large X-ray machine and raise their arms after passing through a metal detector.

The devices use a low dose of radiation in order to create computerized images of a person's body. There are a lot of potential problems with this new security system that could arise. While the TSA obviously has the well being of every passenger that passes through an airport in mind, this newest development may go a little too far.

The TSA currently has many of these X-rays devices deployed in 61 airports across the country.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

World's 5 Creepiest Places in the World

Spooky PlacesThe world is full of creepy, spooky places, places where things go bump in the night and the unexplainable reigns supreme. So, for all you spooky enthusiasts out there, a list of the top five creepiest places in the world has been compiled. However, you had better be ready to cash in on your frequent flyer miles, because these places will take you all over our spooky planet.

1. Bermuda Triangle, Bermuda
Everybody knows about the Bermuda Triangle, that mysterious abyss in the ocean which has been blamed for making a whole host of aircrafts and ships simply disappear. Also known as The Devil's Triangle, the area is loosely based on a triangular sea span with apexes at Miami, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico. A multitude of marine and aviation mishaps have occurred in this area at an unusually high rate. There are a few very interesting, almost sensational stories, that involve the area like an entire squadron of 1945 Navy Bombers that reportedly disappeared there without leaving a single shred of wreckage or drowned corpses.

2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Delve into the underworld, for real. A lost city lies beneath the south bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland. An underground maze of vaulted rooms, chambers, tunnels and passageways shrouded in mystery and intrigue make the perfect spooky getaway. The bricked-in city was closed in the early 1800's and was virtually unknown to the thriving city above until 1985 when it was rediscovered. It is reported that thousands of people lived and died in the vaults, many of whom never saw the light of day.

3. Lizzie Bordon Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts, U.S.A
Who doesn't want to spend the night in a house where somebody brutally killed her whole family with an ax? Well, if that has always been a lifelong dream of yours, then the Lizzie Bordon Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts is the perfect place for you. Built in 1845, the house became famous for the 1892 ax murders of Abby and Andrew Bordon by their own daughter Lizzie. The house has since been turned into a bed and breakfast allowing people to stay in the historic, and paranormal, home.

4. Stanley Hotel, Colorado, U.S.A
If you think that Stephen King's book and later movie adaptation known as The Shining is one of the scariest things you have ever experienced, then congratulations, because you are just like the rest of the world! If you have ever dreamed of spending the night in the hotel that inspired the novel, then you may be a little less normal. However, the opportunity still remains for you to do that. The Stanley Hotel is said to be a paranormal hot spot housing many "other worldly" guests. Can you brave a night in one of the most haunted hotels in America?

5. Transylvania, Romania
It is hard to deny the scariness that resonates from the mythical, bloodsucking vampire. So why not take your horror factor to the next level by taking a trip to the alleged birthplace of the vampire, Transylvania? This western province in Romania is said to be the home of Count Dracula. You can even visit the Count's alleged keep, the intimidating Bran Castle. Make sure you take plenty of garlic and stakes if you dare a trip to Romania this fall.

So there you have it, the top five creepiest places in the world. Are you brave enough to give any of these spooky spots a try?
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