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Hey, our Skift Global Forum is starting to take shape in New York this coming fall, with some great speakers coming onboard. The imitable and always-loved Sree Srinivasan of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be speaking on reinventing attractions in the digital age, while Pekka Vauramo, will be sharing stories from the CEO seat at Finnair. There should be much to learn for marketers, writers and anyone else looking to get an inside look into one of the fastest growing industries.
October 9th is the date. Stick it in your calendar.
Outrage! National disaster! Tea party! Breakfast at Taco Bell! That’s right — the TSA announced over the weekend that new security measures are being put into place on a swath of handheld electronics. Citing an imminent security threat, they’re now asking that some passengers on some flights headed into the United States power up their devices before boarding — just to ensure that they’re actual, functioning electronics.
No commoner is familiar with what the actual threat entails, so any comments on implementation or scope are speculation, but that’s not stopping the peanut gallery from getting anxious. Already, dozens of articles have been published claiming that domestic travelers will be impacted, and the outrage on social media is audibly bubbling.
In practicality, there’s a low chance that you may be asked to power up your tablet or laptop if you’re flying into the U.S. in the next few weeks (my flight from Panama City to Miami yesterday had no such measure). My suggestion: charge your electronics before heading to the airport.
SOCIAL QUOTE OF THE DAY
Dear #TSA, regarding your new electronics screening procedure, I’ve verified multiple ways a laptop, can start up, function & detonate.
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