MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Use Google Flights to Plan Your Trip and Save Money. “Google Flights is one way to make affordable travel plans. You can find flights and hotels at reasonable prices. Plus, the site offers price alerts, ways to discover new locations, lists of activates in your destination, and much more. Here are some helpful ways to plan your trip and save some cash with Google Flights.”
Lifehacker: Find the WiFi Password For Almost Any Airport Lounge Using This Free Map. “Fortunately, we’re at a point where most of the airports in the United States offer free WiFi in some form. Yes, sometimes you have to watch an ad to get there, but it’s there. That said, sometimes you end up an airport that doesn’t have WiFi, or one that has free WiFi that’s restricted by a time limit. For times like those, the WiFox Google Map can help.” Just make sure you’re using a VPN!
The Guardian: New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology. “Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Credo on Wednesday unveiled a new website… which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding. The site also helps customers to directly book flights with airlines that don’t use facial recognition technologies.”
MarketWatch: This fascinating new tool lets you map the cheapest flights to anywhere from any city. “Check out this tool from students at the MIT Senseable City Lab. It’s called ‘Escape’ and it shows you what the cheapest flights to different spots are on given dates. The idea is to help you narrow down your vacation choices based on price.”
Malta Today: Maltese scientists teach computer how to make airplanes land safely. “A research team at the University of Malta has developed a computer programme that can help aeroplanes land safely by learning from the data of thousands of flights from a NASA database. The research project Smart Flight Data Monitoring (SmartFDM) by the Institute of Aerospace Technologies uses machine learning techniques to analyse the recorded data and allow the computers to learn automatically – without much direct human intervention or assistance – high volumes of data at a fast rate.”
TechCrunch: The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays . “If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that plenty of your delays are due to your plane being stuck somewhere else or because the weather at your local or arrival airport isn’t ideal (I’m looking at you, fogged-in SFO in the morning). So you also know to check on your incoming flight, even when the airline tells you everything is fine, and the FAA’s airspace status pages. But maybe you are not a frequent flier (be glad and rejoice) or don’t care to go through that process. In that case, you’ll be happy to hear that Google today announced that its Assistant will soon proactively notify you on your phone when its algorithms predict that your flight will be late.”
Independent: Airlines Face Crack Down On Use Of ‘Exploitative’ Algorithm That Splits Up Families On Flights. “Algorithms used by airlines to split up those travelling together unless they pay more to sit next to each other have been called ‘exploitative’ by a government minister. Speaking to a parliamentary communications committee, Digital Minister Margot James described the software as ‘a very cynical, exploitative means… to hoodwink the general public’.”