Some security measures are set to be eased. Photo by David Prasad.

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

1. Passengers may no longer have to take their shoes off at airport security, according to US Homeland Security. While there’s no word on when exactly the change will take place, it’s likely travelers will instead be able to step on a black mat to have their shoes checked for threats.

2. Between the tight security, even tighter seating, and fees for just about everything, air travel has lost a lot of its glamour. Emirates is hoping to bring a little of it back with its flight attendant program.

3. A hot air balloon ride would be an incredible experience in and of itself, but if you’re going to do it, why not add an amazing view to the mix? Here’s a list of seven top places to take to the skies.

4. Whether you’re traveling abroad, or are simply looking for a new way to keep entertained, check out these seven drinking games from around the world.