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Mayoral candidate is museum sex symbol

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner figures prominently in an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Sex.

That’s no surprise. The former congressman left office two years ago amid a scandal in which he tweeted himself out of his job by sending a photo of his bulging underpants.

The exhibition, titled Universe of Desire, includes words from a Facebook exchange between Weiner and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer in which the Democrat touts his sexual prowess. Museum curator Sarah Forbes calls Weiner’s words “artifacts of sexuality.” The exhibit is about human desire as seen through the lens of digital behavior. It runs through September.

Weiner is at the front of a pack of mayoral candidates after admitting to “making mistakes and letting many people down.”

Ships

QE2 ready to become a hotel

The storied passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 will set sail in October for Asia to begin the $90 million overhaul that will transform it into a floating hotel, says an official involved in the project. But full details remain under wraps. The Singapore-based group leading the project says only the QE2 will be refitted in a Chinese shipyard before being moored in an undisclosed Asian port as a 400-room hotel.

The ship has sat idle in Dubai for more than 4 1/2 years after its purchase by the state investment company Istithmar World for $100 million.

Khamis Juma Buamin, chairman of shipyard operator Drydocks World, told reporters last week that the 46-year-old QE2 is undergoing upgrades in Dubai before its planned Oct. 18 departure. It will stop in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Security

Trained TSA agents slow but accurate

Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough.

A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs — but are more accurate. The study, which was partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the experience TSA agents gain from searching for weapons and explosives in luggage makes them slower and more methodical.

Air travel

Alaska Airlines raising fees

Alaska Airlines is raising its fee for checking a suitcase to $25 starting Oct. 30, bringing it in line with most major airlines. Alaska currently charges $20.

The airline is also increasing the fee to change tickets to $125. Passengers who change tickets 60 or more days from the day of travel will not incur any fee at all.

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all increased change fees on domestic tickets from $150 to $200 in May.

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