Trip News: May 2, 2018

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Seattle Times

Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.

Some travelers are cancelling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where fast-moving waters swept away cars, even though many businesses have reopened.



A pair of researchers who work for the Finnish security and privacy firm F-Secure have spent the last fifteen years trying to solve a mystery. Now it appears as though they’ve done it in spectacular fashion.

The attack only works on one manufacturer’s locks, but those locks are in use all over the world. Tuominen told Wired that he estimates the locks are installed in roughly 140,000 hotels in 160 different countries. Based on his estimate, that means millions of hotel rooms that their “master key” can unlock.

A NEW direct route between the United States and Asia will soon be the world’s longest non-stop flight.

Singapore Airlines will launch a 19-hour flight from Singapore to New York by the end of the year, trumping the current record of 18 hours from Auckland to Doha on Qatar Airways, The Sun reports.

This will mean some seriously sore bottoms by the end of the flight — or the chance to watch 10 two hour films back-to-back if you’re a glass half full kind of passenger.


Trip Pulse

For those of a certain age, Dorothy and Toto are a well-known duo, not to mention the yellow brick road that they skipped along while gleefully singing “We’re off to see the wizard…”

In the early 1970s, there was even a theme park dedicated to celebrating The Wizard of Oz, the beloved movie that made Dorothy and company famous.

Located in North Carolina, the Land of Oz was the first Wizard of Oz-based theme park to ever be built in the world and it remained open for about a decade before financial troubles and several changes in management forced it to be shuttered.


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