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Flight Attendant Tests Positive for Coronavirus; MGM Data Breach Could Be More Severe Than Anticipated

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A flight attendant tested positive for coronavirus and the MGM Resorts data breach announced last week may have affected a lot more people than previously announced.

Those are some of today’s travel news stories I found interesting and thought you may, as well.

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Korean Air Flight Attendant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A day after Delta Air Lines issued coronavirus travel waivers for South Korean’s Seoul Incheon Airport, Fox News and Reuters report a Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the virus. The post adds, “details about what routes the employee flew were not immediately known.”

Take a Flying Leap on Saturday!

Saturday is February 29 — or “Leap Day.” The Los Angeles Times has some interesting suggestions for Vegas-bound travelers — including jumping off The STRAT (formerly known as The Stratosphere).

On a somewhat related topic:

MGM Data Breach Might Be Far Worse Than Originally Thought

I blogged last week about an MGM Resorts data breach that reportedly affected about 10.6 million guests.

Turns out that number might be a little off — by about 190 million.

Leo the Lion is seen near a sign for Hakkasan night club outside the MGM Grand (an MGM Resorts property) in Paradise, Nevada, which is adjacent to Las Vegas.

According to KTNV television, attorney Jean Martin — who filed a lawsuit against MGM over the breach — says more than 200 million people may have been affected.

MGM originally said names, addresses, and phone numbers were obtained last year. But new reports suggest that also stolen (and possibly posted to a hacking forum online) were driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, military ID numbers, email addresses, and birthdays. (H/T: Vital Vegas)

Fierce: The Cost of Admission to Tyra Banks’ New Theme Park

Model-TV personality-entrepreneur Tyra Banks is set to open “ModelLand” in Santa Monica, California — a place where visitors can live their “ultimate modeling fantasy.”

If you want the creme de la creme experience, it’ll cost you only $1,495 — before transaction fees. General admission is about a grand cheaper.

Low-Flying Jet Aircraft Might Become Part of the Tokyo Skyline

The Japanese government is allegedly using the guise of the upcoming Summer Olympics to add new, low-flying air traffic to Tokyo beginning next month.

Reuters (via WKZ) reports:

“From March 29, whenever a southerly wind blows over Japan’s capital, 45 passenger planes an hour will descend low over Tokyo on two new airport approach routes for up to three hours. They will fly as low as 300 meters (1,000 feet) above neighborhoods near the city’s Haneda airport… The new approach routes over central Tokyo will add 39,000 flights a year and, the government says, help boost Japan’s economy by around $6 billion.”

A Japanese lawmaker is concerned for the potentials of noise pollution and falling objects on his constituency.

— Chris

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