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Upvote/Downvote: CES 2016, Passports and More Travel News

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 08, 2016

Upvote/Downvote: CES 2016, Passports and More Travel News

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Gingerly stepping into 2016, we have been hit with a wealth of news from all corner of the travel industry. So let’s make some sense of it all.

Here is our first Upvote/Downvote of the year, an ongoing post where the points are made up and the prize is that we get to lob some opinions at the wall to see if they stick.

By all means, feel free to vote on your own through our various social media channels or just sit back and see how the week that was unfolded.

Better Get A Passport:

As TravelPulse’s Josh Lew breaks down, Real ID legislation has gone into effect to a large degree, affecting travelers in states that have not yet adopted the transition in identification.

Downvote: As states grapple with the transition to Real ID compliant licenses, travelers are left in the middle. It leaves so many confused and frustrated.

Now, that being said, there is a nice aspect to the report in the suggestion that getting a passport seems to solve any issue that may arise.

If this is the one kick you need to get a passport and perhaps open the door to International travel then embrace the opportunity, however annoying it may be.

You’re Letting The A/C Out:

What you see in the video presented above seems rather innocuous. It’s an airplane door that looks to be closed.

Upon closer examination you come to find that, nope, it’s actually ajar.

Downvote: The only doors that absolutely must remain shut are at the stalls in a public restroom and those that sit on the side of an airplane.

Incidentally, if we are ever on an airplane with the door open please don’t record a video. We don’t ever have to be privy to this knowledge.


We are named a CES 2016 Innovation Innovation Awards Honoree for ili!

Posted by Logbar ili on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Earlier this week we wrote on the cavalcade of presents featured at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

Feel free to pore over the items and begin filling out a wish list for the year.

Upvote: We would say that we feel like a kid in a candy store, but that would be incorrect. A candy store never featured a lanyard with a working translation machine attached to it.

Not Letting Bedbugs Bite:

Lastly, we bring you a report from TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke on a video that went viral this week.

It shows an unfortunate traveler and his girlfriend dealing with shoddy amenities at the Astor on the Park in Manhattan.

The outlets and heater didn’t work. But that isn’t the most disgusting problem. The winner for that debacle goes to all the bedbugs on the mattress.

Downvote: We should have warned you that the above video is not safe for anyone who ever wants to sleep again.

We imagine our next hotel stay, wherever that may be, will see us rocking ourselves to sleep while balled up in the corner of the room.

Consider the above your hotel horror story of the year.


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