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United Airlines app lets you scan your passport for international flight check-in

United Airlines is introducing a new "trial feature" to its app that lets international travelers scan their passports along with check-in using their phone. The app can use the scanned image of your passport to either verify previously-entered information or add it to the system, removing one step that slows down the ticketing and boarding process of international flights. If the app properly identifies your passport information, you won't be asked to provide any further documentation to receive your boarding pass.

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Alaska Airlines app gets major visual overhaul in version 3.0

Flying Alaska Airlines anytime soon? Then you're going to want to download their updated app for iPhone. Alaskan Airlines has given their iPhone app a fresh new look.

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UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics with no charge from boarding flights

The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security.

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TSA will check to see if your device turns on for international, U.S.-bound flights

As part of new security protocol at foreign airports, the United States Transportation Security Administration will require cell phones and select electronic devices to be fully charged with the ability to be powered on when going through security screening. The TSA says that devices that won't power on will not be allowed on flights headed to the U.S.

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Canadian airlines will soon allow gate-to-gate electronics use

Canadians airlines will soon allow unrestricted electronics access to customers following a new ruling by Canada's Transport Minister. The move comes after the US FAA announced last year that customers can use their electronic devices during "all phases of flight."

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SIMPLcase aims to make multi-SIM iPhone traveling a breeze

SIMPLcase is a Kickstarter project that aims to make traveling with and iPhone and multi-SIM cards much, much, easier. According to the SIMPLcase page:

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Delta Air Lines adds iPad app, updates iPhone app with redesign, Passbook support

Delta Air Lines today finally released a proper iPad application and its iPhone app to Version 2.0, bringing with it a much-needed redesign and, perhaps most important -- the ability to use Passbook for boarding passes. The iPad version of the app also gets a particularly cool "Glass-bottom jet" feature that shows information about what's under your plane as you fly overhead.

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F.A.A. reconsidering no-gadget policy during airplane taxi, take-off, and landing

A spokesperson at the Federal Aviation Administration said they are reconsidering the requirement to turn off your gadgets on the plane while landing and taking off.

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ZENandTECH 29: Tips and tech for travelers

Georgia, Rene, and special guest Phil Nickinson of Android Central talk tech for business travelers. Whether you're a road warrior or frequent flyer, or just headed to CES to get with the gadgets, a little planning and a lot of good apps and accessories can make your trips less stressful and far more successful. This is ZENandTECH!

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Top 5 summer vacation apps for iPhone

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have apps to take on summer vacation with your iPhone

School's out and it's time for a break from work. Curious which are the absolute best apps and games to take with you on your much deserved summer vacation? Odds are you'll want to share your adventures, brush up on local attractions, and stay connected while you're having fun. Luckily there are tons of apps available in the App Store that makes organizing and sharing your vacation from your iPhone super simple.

Whether you want informational apps for your own use or social apps to share, we've got you covered. Read on for TiPb’s top 10 most recommended, most must-have summer vacation apps to get your started.

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