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Security Screening could go mobile

In the near future, airline passengers may be screened for weapons without having to stop walking or remove their coats and shoes.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to create a screening machine with “screen and walk” capability for use at the nation’s 160 international airports and thousands of federal facilities.

The agency recently requested information from high-tech companies and other private firms about any new technology that can help speed up the security checkpoints managed by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Protective Services.

The Department of Homeland Security asked for technology that can screen a minimum of 250 people per hour, which is slightly faster than the current pace of about 200 per hour for the full-body scanners. The new technology would not replace but would add to the screening technology now used at airports.

The TSA has been under pressure from travelers and airlines to speed up the screening process, which Americans rank as one of the top sources of frustration when they travel.

Surveys

TripAdvisor names top islands

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Islands, with the top two being Ambergris Caye in Belize and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Florida’s Marco Island placed fourth.

In its second year, the awards recognize more than 100 islands globally, including top 10 lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific and the United States. The winners are determined based on the quality and quantity of the most highly-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions listed for each island on the TripAdvisor website.

Top 10 islands in the world:

1. Ambergris Caye, Belize

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4. Marco Island, Florida

5. Lewis and Harris, Scotland

6. Naxos, Greece

7. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

8. Nosy Be, Madagascar

9. Easter Island, Chile

10. Ko Tao, Thailand

Theme parks

Disney World hikes ticket prices

The cost of going to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World just got more expensive.

Disney World has raised the one-day ticket price to the Magic Kingdom by $4 so that it now costs $99 before taxes for visitors over age 9.

Single-day tickets for the resort’s other parks — Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom — also went up by $4. It now costs $94 to get into those parks for visitors over age 9.

For children under age 10, the cost is $93 to get into the Magic Kingdom and $88 to enter the other parks.

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