Road Warrior: Norwegian launches new Boeing on Cork-Boston route

Five thousand sci-fi fans bound for Dublin; hackers target boarding cards

One of Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Photograph: Norwegian Air

One of Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Photograph: Norwegian Air

 

Newest aircraft in Europe begins from Cork The newest aircraft in Europe, the Boeing 737 Max 8, landed in Cork on Tuesday, coming into service on Norwegian Air’s route to Boston Providence. The image on the aircraft’s tailfin is, appropriately, of Irishman Jonathan Swift. The Max 8, which has 189 seats, boasts lowered emissions and, because of its noise-suppression technology, a smaller noise footprint. The 189-seat aircraft feature noise suppression technology. Cork Airport passengers can still avail of a transatlantic seat sale with Norwegian, with fares starting from €99 one way on flights to Boston Providence between October 16th and March 16th next year. The sale ends at midnight on September 18th.

British hospitality sector faces staff shortage

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has said proposed changes for “unskilled” European Union workers could be catastrophic for the hospitality industry. Leaked proposals on dealing with unskilled workers would include limiting stays to two years. The BHA said its research shows that at least 60,000 new workers from the EU are needed every year to fill the current level of vacancies across the hospitality industry. BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim said: “If these proposals are implemented it could be catastrophic for the UK hospitality industry and for those who enjoy the hospitality it brings – whether it be in restaurants, theatres, hotels, bars and tourist attractions.

Science-fiction fans bound for Dublin

So far this year Convention Centre Dublin has won more than €46 million of new business. The revenue boost was a result of winning 100 new conferences for the city and county over the last number of months. International delegates will top 30,000 visitors to Dublin over the period 2017-2020. Some of the conventions confirmed include World Con, a science-fiction convention for 5,000 people in 2019. There will be an international convention on obesity with 2,300 delegates, as well as and the European Federation of Periodontology Master Clinic with 800 delegates.

Boarding card vulnerable to hackers

An in-depth blog about security, Krebs on Security, is reminding people about the potential dangers of carelessly discarding boarding cards. They also caution about posting pictures of your boarding card on social media. A boarding card contains far more information than you would believe and can help criminals break into your airline bookings or loyalty club and steal identification information. The barcode and QR codes can have all your details and can be read by using scanning apps. The data can include future travel plans, passport details, loyalty club membership and allow thieves to change all of this. Be careful where you dump your boarding card or use smartphone apps, where possible. Concert tickets can also be hacked to provide personal information.

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