Week in travel: 12-year-old boy uses family credit card to fly to Bali

Norwegian launches double daily New York-Dublin service, while Finish security experts create a hotel master key, and thousands travel to San Francisco church to worship Beyoncé

Arguments with kids can have dangerous consequences, as Emma, mother of two from Australia, has learnt recently.

Just because her 12-year-old son “doesn’t like the word ‘no’,” he decided to use a family credit card to book himself a trip to Bali.

12-year-old boy books a trip to Bali with family credit card — Shutterstock
12-year-old boy books a trip to Bali with family credit card — Shutterstock


To ensure a trouble-free flight, the youngster searched online for an airline that doesn’t require minors to be accompanied or to have a letter from their parents, and managed to board a flight straight to the holiday resort.

“I sort of stuffed up because I got the deal cheap,” he told 9 News, adding that he was never asked why he was alone. “They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school.”

Emma described her feelings after she realised that her son had gone abroad to  Australia’s A Current Affair: “Shocked, disgusted. There’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we discovered that he had left overseas,” she said.

When she found out where her son was, Emma went to Bali to retrieve him. She learnt he had spent four days alone in the country.

“It was great,” he told A Current Affair. “Because I wanted to go on an adventure.”

Finnish security experts create a hotel master key able to open millions of rooms

A hacker with the right knowledge could have opened the door to almost any hotel room in the world, new revelation suggests.

Two friends from Finland that work for a security company F-Secure have spent last 15 years trying to resolve a mystery that happened to them in Berlin where their laptop was stolen from a hotel room without any trace of unauthorised entry.

The master key created by Finnish researches could open over a million hotel rooms using the Assa Abloy Vision technology —  Shutterstock 12-year-old boy uses family credit card to Bali
The master key created by Finnish researches could open over a million hotel rooms using the Assa Abloy Vision technology — Shutterstock


After “several thousand hours of work”,  the researchers together created a master key that could be used to enable entry to any room in hotels using VingCard digital lock technology used mainly by a Swedish company, Assa Abloy. The key could be generated by ordinary electric keycard, even ones long expired or discarded.

“We wanted to find out if it’s possible to bypass the electronic lock without leaving a trace,” said Timo Hirvonen, senior security consultant at F-Secure, in a statement. It was.

Tomi Tuominen, practice leader at F-Secure, said: “You can imagine what a malicious person could do with the power to enter any hotel room, with a master key created basically out of thin air.”

Before the finding was unveiled to the public, all hotels using the service had been informed and an update fixing the bug had been released making the system safe again.  

Eurowings to increase wages to meet union demands

In the light of recent strikes across European airline carriers, with Air France having the most severe impact on travellers, Eurowings managed to set the possible risk of undergoing such event themselves aside.

The carrier has agreed with the key points of a collective labour deal for pilots and cabin crew at its Austria-based unit.

Eurowings cabin crew  will get a decent raise — RUBEN M RAMOS / Shutterstock 12-year-old boy uses family credit card to Bali
Eurowings cabin crew will get a decent raise — RUBEN M RAMOS / Shutterstock


They were aiming for a collective deal while talking to the unions for about 18 months. The discussions have led to an increase in wages.

The union told an Austrian paper that cabin crew would get a starting salary of $2,071 a month, up from under $1,800 previously.

“We have agreed on substantial pay increases for the crew – making it the perfect time to apply for a job with us,” Eurowings personnel head Joerg Beissel said.

Norwegian to launch double daily service between Dublin and New York

Scandinavian low-budget carrier Norwegian Air has strengthened its transatlantic capacity with a new double daily service between Dublin and New York Stewart International airport.


With the departure at 8.10am, the flight is the earliest from Ireland to the US, landing at 10.30 am in New York local time.

The low-cost airline’s chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl said: “Our customers can enjoy further flexibility and choice when travelling to New York and the US east coast from Dublin in our brand new aircraft.”

“Our affordable fares and convenient flight times mean a day trip to New York whether for work or pleasure can be a reality for all.”

As the return for Dublin is scheduled at 8.30pm the same evening, it gives the passengers several hours to shop at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York State.

And…Thousands travelled to San Francisco church to Worship Beyoncé

A contemporary worship service that combines progressive theology and pop music, The Vine, held a special mass devoted to Beyoncé’s music and accomplishments on Wednesday, April 25.

Apparently, after her well-reviewed performance at the Coachella festival in San Francisco, the service has decided that the singer is worthy of worship at local Grace Cathedral.   


“In this year where there’s been so much conversation about the role of women and communities of colour, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Rev. Jude Harmon, founding pastor of the Vine and director of innovative ministry for Grace Cathedral, told SF Gate.

The event featured music, readings from scripture by women of colour and a sermon by Rev. Yolanda Norton.

“I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church,” Harmon said.

“But Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We’re following in the way of Jesus.”