What we’re reading: Court upholds right for PED searches at borders, most anticipated hotel openings, stopped toilet stops flight


Court upholds government right to search laptops and phones at border crossings

A federal judge said Tuesday that the government has the right to search portable electronic devices, dismissing a lawsuit that changed that policy.

The decision impacts travelers entering the U.S. by air and other means including automobile and train.

The suit had been filed in 2010 by a graduate student, Pascal Abidor, who sued after U.S. border agents from an Amtrak train while en route from Canada to New York removed him.

12 most anticipated hotel openings of 2014

Twelve hotels are set to open in 2014 with features as cool as their settings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Opening: February 7, 2014

Incorporating a traditional Meiji-era house and courtyard, this Zen-inspired property sits on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamogawa River, with many of the city’s 17 World Heritage Sites within walking distance.

Toilet clog cancels United flight to Cleveland from Phoenix

A flight from Cleveland to Phoenix on Monday had to be canceled because of a clog in one of the on-board lavatories.

“A blockage occurred in the lavatory, which caused several of the lavatories on the airplane to become inoperable,” United spokesman Charles Hobart explained. “We realized we would have to cancel the flight in order to fix the aircraft.”

(Photo: Deutsch Fetisch/Wikimedia Commons)

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    Face it; we live in a police state. You have no rights at the border. None. This has been true long before electronic gadgets were invented. CBP has complete and unfettered authority. They do what they want, when they want, to whom they want. And it can be abusive.

    The ACLU published a map showing that most of the U.S. population lives in a “Constitution-free zone”: