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RFID Chips in Hotel Towels

As anyone who reads much of my site knows, I'm not a fan of how RFID is being implemented. However, I'm not against the technology itself as it has many practical uses. For example, some hotels have begun putting washable RFID in the towels and bathrobes to keep people from stealing them.

Since the RFID towels have no privacy invading purpose at all and serve deter self-entitled punks who think it's ok to take hotel items, I will offer my tentative support for this. The main concern is feature creep meaning that depending how they implement this, they may also know which towels you used and when. I can't really see the hotels bothering to do so, but if they did, that would be crossing the line big time.

Source: http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/gee-how-did-that-towel-end-up-in-my-suitcase/ (H/T to The Consumerist for the link)

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TSA Steals Money and Gets Away With It

Hmm, I've always wanted one of these.
(Image is in the Public Domain)

So they don't have cameras watching the TSA employees as they check the luggage? It's no wonder abuses like this keep happening.

Don't check valuables! You have to assume that anything worth more than 5 bucks that you check is going to be stolen. It's not pretty, but it's the world we live in.

This is unacceptable. When there's a string of employee thefts and in particular done by security personnel, there's no justification for ignoring the problem.

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