Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 13 March 2018

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Biometric Boarding Gates Los Angeles (Image Credit: British Airways)
Biometric Boarding Gates Los Angeles (Image Credit: British Airways)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

BA extends trial of biometric boarding gates

Late last year, BA began a trial of using biometric gates to board aircraft on flights departing from Los Angeles.

Instead of presenting a boarding pass and passport, all passengers need to do is look into a camera, wait for their information to be verified, and board the aircraft. BA claims this can reduce boarding times by 50%. It has now been extended to select flights from Orlando (BA2036 to London Gatwick).

It is also now being operated for the purposes of US Customs & Immigration on select BA flights arriving at Miami and New York JFK from London, both of which can be absolute horror shows for immigration queues. More details from BA Media Centre.

Air Canada suffers IT outage

Air Canada suffered an IT outage on Monday 12 March which has caused disruption to flights.

At the time of writing the issue has been resolved. However, the airline has apologised and offered a flexible rebooking policy to passengers. Air Canada is far from alone in experiencing an IT outage, and it shows how vulnerable airline IT systems can be.

Also of note this week:

Apple acquires digital magazine subscription service Texture. (Apple)

The BBC World Service and Norwegian public broadcaster NRK launch a new investigative podcast Death in Ice Valley concerning the mystery surrounding the body of a woman found in Norway’s Isdalen Valley in 1970. (BBC World Service)

The BBC’s ubiquitous media editor Amol Rajan delivers the Bob Friend Lecture at the University of Kent at Canterbury “The Tortoise and the Share”. (BBC News)

Getty Images, which has long had a substantial online archive of photography for commercial use, has launched a new photojournalism website Foto. (Getty Images FOTO)

Google adds more functionality to its smart Google Assistant. (Google)

“This is nuts, when does Netflix crash?” asks FT Alphaville. (Financial Times)

Spotify begins testing beat-matched playlists that are auto-mixed. (Music Ally)

Twitter suspends scores of accounts for “Tweetdecking”. (Buzzfeed)

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