Going through airport security

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Your weekly roundup of the hottest travel links across the net:

1. Tired of unpacking your bags and stripping down every time you pass through an airport? You’ll be happy to hear that the TSA is considering a pared-down version of airport security for frequent fliers in the US. The “trusted traveler” scheme would involve adding a special barcode to your boarding pass that would allow you to whizz past the long lines and scanners. Oh, and you get to keep your shoes on too.

2. Speaking of flying, do you know your rights when it comes to dealing with airline dramas? Like what to do if you miss your flight, or you end up on an airline you weren’t expecting? Read this.

3. If you’re feeling like a music-inspired holiday, check out this list of the top 10 international music festivals.

4. Constant news of drug-related violence has frightened a lot of tourists away from Mexico. This article offers some perspective on why you don’t have to cross it off your travel list, as well as which parts of the country are the safest.

5. If you want to track your flight status, check for gate changes or simply figure out how to kills a four hour layover, then have a look at these top flight-related smartphone apps.

6. If you live in the US and you’re tired of high domestic airfares, check out this article about a clever trick that could cut your flight price in half.

7. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it to London to see William and Kate tie the knot. You can relive the excitement with the new Royal London audio walking tour care of Lonely Planet.

8. Will you be covered if you get sick or hurt during your trip abroad? Check out these tips for a safe and healthy vacation.

9. Take the stress out of your upcoming family reunion with this advice on how to arrange group travel.