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The three holes are perfectly spaced, and too clean/consistent on both sides to be a rush job with a handheld drill. The dimples on the bottom suggest to me they were punched on a specially made jig. Look close at the photo and you can see the vestiges of a rectangle around all three holes, making about a 2-hole-width margin around the holes. The ...


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Credit card fraud is a considerable problem for airlines. You would think the fraud risk would be low—after all, passengers usually have to appear in person with photo ID to make use of the service—but as there are a number of types of fraud, "airlines alone lose from $2.4 billion to $4.8 billion to credit card fraud annually." In particular, fraudsters can ...


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I can't find a definitive link but there are a few reasons, a lot of which were already covered in the comments. One, the style in your picture makes the whole place easier to clean. You can hose down the floors in one go and there are not so many joins between the walls and the floors for gunk to build up. (EDIT: in your picture you can see that the ...


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This doesn't happen with all airlines, obviously. I tried to visit several airlines with Tor and found I could not access Lufthansa or Air Canada, but I could access British Airways, American Airlines, Air India, Emirates and Etihad. In the two cases, I saw the following error: Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://www.aircanada....


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Why would the TSA/CBP/other agency drill holes into the bag, when they could've simply opened it? Holes are normally drilled when a suspicious trace shows up from another test - for example, there may have been an anomaly on the x-ray, or a sniffer dog may have given an indication. Smugglers are extremely adept these days at concealments - customs ...


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No, it is not accessible publicly The full passenger lists are limited to certain staff members. Been working for airlines for so long and never got that level of access, most likely never will. Even in cases where some passenger information must be shared, for example, passengers who ask for special meals, a small list of these passengers (seat number, ...


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The main source of income for Frequent Flyer programs is not selling your information, but instead selling points. Any time you earn points/miles from using a credit card that is affiliated with a frequent flyer program, the bank that issued the card has to purchase those miles/points from the frequent flyer program. The same is true for any other programs ...


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Although the law is on your side, the people engaging in moral policing is on rise in these days, especially northern India. Be cautious. Let me address the situations one by one. Going to restaurant - Safe Shopping Mall - Safe Walking on roads - Mostly Safe, refrain from PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) Movies - Safe, Stick to multiplexes. Park - Can ...


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You need to read the privacy policy and terms and conditions of your specific airline's program as they should detail if they share any information and with whom. Keep in mind some information sharing is mandated by the regulator or the country (such as API); this is simply a cost of traveling. The main source of revenue is selling points to other ...


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There are wallet-like holders specifically designed to keep your passport and some other cards (credit card, healthcare card etc) They look like this and can be bought in just about any airport shop I've been to anywhere in the world. This thing is though you can't keep anything on you, everything you're carrying on the plane has to go in those plastic ...


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To directly answer the title question, it appears that the answer is "Yes, if you want to enter the country." You might be able to refuse the request, but then you might be denied entry. The following information is from the advice that the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs provides to U.S. citizens traveling to Israel: Video cameras ...


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USCBP is known to drill into luggage in order to check for explosive material or illicit substances. A few years ago there was a minor uproar over customs officials drilling into a West Indian cricketer's bat when his team was touring in the US. This is not done trivially; usually, suspicion is raised because of some other test, or because X-rays or other ...


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I could find a report on Portuguese tenancy law by Bremen University. While legal aspects regarding private rental may be quite different from tenancy laws, I assume it still serves as an indication here. Citing (p. 138 f., footnotes removed): Is the surveillance of certain parts (e.g. corridors) of the building lawful and usual? The legislation ...


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The bottom "gaps" are for ADA. Minimum 12" so feet and foot rests clear...I believe. The cracks between doors are just poor construction tolerances that nobody in the States seems to care about.


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Personally I have never experienced what you've described when passing through Istanbul, so it is most likely dependent on either the destination of the flight, or the citizenship of the passenger. Most likely they are doing it because the regulations of the country the flight is going to requires them to do so. For example, Timatic (the system most ...


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There are cases of customs and immigration demanding the passwords to phones or laptops, and then taking them out of sight of the passenger to use them and search them. Apparently by law you must provide these passwords when asked, and you may not follow the officers around to see what they do with your devices (such as putting USB sticks into them to copy ...


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As an European I was always uncomfortable to use any public facility in USA, for the same reason and I asked myself, over and over, the same question "Why????" . The official answer is here where you'll find this stunning ABSURD reason: STALL DOORS To prevent unnecessary queuing, anyone entering the restroom should be able to easily determine the ...


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I can see the arguments about it being easier to clean, and perhaps spying is good for safety, but what's the deal with urinals? Often times they are squeezed uncomfortably close together, and most don't have a guard wall between them. In these situations, it takes some intense concentration to not accidentally get an eye full of full frontal. What possible ...


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You can get yourself a privacy screen filter: It works by severely reducing the viewing angle of the screen, so that it's only readable by the user who's right in front of it. For example, here's how it looks on an iPhone. Unless you value privacy above anything else, I suggest you get a detachable model or a phone pocket with a privacy filter built into ...


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In my experience, it's not just Tor; I have found that many companies either block or restrict access via VPN networks. Sometimes the restriction is subtle (e.g., Hilton often reports a login error if I am access it it via a VPN, American Airlines often just spins and never loads when I am on a VPN). I assume they believe that VPN users are more likely to ...


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Shamelessly converting a comment into an answer, according to the EFF there are consequences for US citizens denying encription keys to CBP. Whilst US citizens cannot be denied admission into the US, their devices can be seized: At the U.S. border. Agents may ask travelers to unlock their devices, provide their device passwords, or disclose their social ...


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Asking what's “legal” for “governments” could bring up some interesting philosophical questions but generally speaking there are no strongly binding global rules beyond what states commit themselves to through treaties, certainly not regarding privacy. Therefore, what is deemed legal could vary a lot between countries. I would also question that government ...


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The best practice is not to keep sensitive and/or business critical data in a portable computer or device. The hard drive could fail anytime, the computer would be lost, broken, stolen. The best scenario is to host the data on any secure counter or server, which would be accessed either thought a VPN as @BurhanKhalid suggested or to be put somewhere in the ...


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One option would be to not have any devices with you. Buy a cheap phone when you arrive in the country, use it in the country, and then discard it, sell it, give it away, or whatever before you go back home. That way your primary device with personal and company information is not placed at risk. Alternatively, buy a cheap device in your own country, and ...


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The only surefire way to avoid the possibility of your data being viewed in these countries is don't carry data in any form. The only surefire way to avoid the possibility of having your devices' OS augmented by governmental addition is don't carry any devices. As the other answer notes, you can minimize the risk by carrying disposable devices with minimal, ...


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You would be disappointed if you thought you had more rights entering the UK than the US. From this article: UK activist Muhammad Abdur Rabbani has been charged with obstruction of justice after refusing to provide encryption passwords to police at an airport stop in London. He is due to appear in court in Westminster, England on June 20th. ...


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If the CBP feels the need, they will either read through your mail and other apps manually on the device, or dump the device using something like one of these Cellebrite devices. You can see a CBP documentary where this is used on youtube: I've entered the US dozens if not hundreds of times and nobody has ever asked to look at my phones, but who knows how ...


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In addition to the privacy screen suggested in the other answer, there's a couple of strategies I use for this: First and foremost, I wouldn't open or watch anything really private while on public transport. Just as you wouldn't read your credit card number out loud on the phone while in public you probably shouldn't read confidential e-mails on the train. ...


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Hey Sarah here is one possible solution, Keep your passport IN YOUR HAND when you go through the security check. Note that, anyway, in some/many locations they make you do this. Your bag goes through, and you walk through the scanner with your pport/boarding pass, which you show to the scanning-person. Regarding generally where to keep your passport: ...


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IANAL and it depends on the jurisdiction. The following is what happens for Canadian shows: For a creative type show, generally they ask permission to film you or they they set up cameras that records quite a lot but then they request permission to have you appear in the show, if they find your participation interesting. Much more is usually filmed than is ...


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