Last month, many Guests noticed a random security camera appear on the top of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. Though we are unsure of why this camera was placed there, it looks like the purpose is no longer needed as the security camera is now gone from the top of Spaceship Earth.

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In this thread of Tweets from bioreconsruct, you can not only see where the security camera was placed, but also that the camera has since disappeared.

In the first Tweet from August, bioireconstruct shared:

A common monorail photo location. Not too noticeable is new security camera on top of Spaceship Earth.

Now, the security camera is now missing from Spaceship Earth as bioreconstruct shared a new photo to Twitter writing:

Security camera no longer on top of Spaceship Earth.

We are still unsure of why this security camera was placed on top of Spaceship Earth, though some were speculating that it was to help program the new lights on Spaceship Earth in real time.

More on Spaceship Earth

Mickey and Friends EPCOT
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If you have never been on Spaceship Earth, Disney World describes this attraction as:

Witness the landmark moments of amazing innovation that made today’s spectacular communications technology possible.

Travel back to the dawn of humanity, when early man painted on cave walls. Watch new ideas spread like wildfire with the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press. The wheels of time turn ever faster as we enter the modern age of media, from newspapers announcing the end of the Civil War to the televised broadcast of the moon landing—and beyond.

All of these great moments are brought vividly to life using elaborate sets and advanced Audio-Animatronics figures during this inspirational, 16-minute, Omnimover-style attraction.

EPCOT spaceship earth at night
Credit: Disney

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Frustration and finger pointing are mounting over attempts to evacuate Americans and Afghans from Mazar-i-Sharif using charter flights and other stalled efforts to get more people out now that the Kabul airlift is finished.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is moving to clean house when it comes to Trump appointees on military academy advisory boards.

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Frustration mounting over charter flights 

The days-long war of words over charter flights stuck in Mazar-i-Sharif continued Wednesday as Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the Taliban to allow the flights to leave.

Speaking at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Blinken said other countries and the United Nations were working on resuming commercial flights to the Afghan capital of Kabul. 

But in the meantime, Blinken said the Taliban can “demonstrate its willingness to respect freedom of movement …  by allowing the departure of charter flights with properly documented passengers.”

Earlier: Over the weekend, Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense & National Security — Blinken heads to the hot seat Congress fumes over latest Afghanistan chaos Blinken to appear at House hearing on Afghanistan next week MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, leveled the charge in a Fox News interview that the Taliban were essentially holding Americans and Afghans hostage by not allowing the flights to leave.

On Tuesday, Blinken said he was “not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage-like situation” and that anyone with “valid” travel documents is being allowed to leave. But he also acknowledged some flights have stalled.

But Blinken’s comments only further frustrated lawmakers in both parties, as The Hill’s Laura Kelly reported.

ID fight: A particular flashpoint was Blinken saying the administration could not verify the identities of passengers on the planes. The remark that drew swift pushback from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee whose office is vouching for at least two planes full of American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies and their families, including small children.

“The information we provided the State Department is above and beyond what is usually required for travel in Afghanistan,” Maria McElwain, a spokesperson for Blumenthal, wrote in an email to The Hill in response to the secretary’s remarks in Qatar.

McElwain said the senator’s office provided the State Department with the planes’ manifests as early as Aug. 30, with continual updates through Monday, and that Blinken was “not correct” in saying passenger identities cannot be verified.

She further called it “clearly problematic” for the State Department to rely on the Taliban to individually verify “extremely vulnerable Afghans on these flights.”


Congressional aides are also fretting that the administration appears to have lost its

DALLAS — Ask anyone old enough to remember travel before Sept. 11, 2001, and you’re likely to get a gauzy recollection of what flying was like.

There was security screening, but it wasn’t anywhere near as intrusive. There were no long checkpoint lines. Passengers and their families could walk right to the gate together, postponing goodbye hugs until the last possible moment. Overall, an airport experience meant far less stress.

That all ended when four hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

The worst terror attack on American soil led to increased and sometimes tension-filled security measures in airports across the world, aimed at preventing a repeat of that awful day. The cataclysm has also contributed to other changes large and small that have reshaped the airline industry — and, for consumers, made air travel more stressful than ever.

There has not been another 9/11. Nothing even close. But after that day, flying changed forever.


Here’s how it unfolded.

Security measures evolved with new threats, and so travelers were asked to take off belts and remove some items from bags for scanning. Things that clearly could be wielded as weapons, like the box-cutters used by the 9/11 hijackers, were banned. After “shoe bomber” Richard Reid’s attempt to take down a flight from Paris to Miami in late 2001, footwear started coming off at security checkpoints.

Each new requirement seemed to make checkpoint lines longer, forcing passengers to arrive at the airport earlier if they wanted to make their flights. To many travelers, other rules were more mystifying, such as limits on liquids because the wrong ones could possibly be used to concoct a bomb.

“It’s a much bigger hassle than it was before 9/11 — much bigger — but we have gotten used to it,” Ronald Briggs said as he and his wife, Jeanne, waited at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for a flight to London last month. The north Texas retirees, who traveled frequently before the pandemic, said they are more worried about COVID-19 than terrorism.

“The point about taking shoes off because of one incident on a plane seems somewhat on the extreme side,” Ronald Briggs said, “but the PreCheck works pretty smoothly, and I’ve learned to use a plastic belt so I don’t have to take it off.”

The long lines created by post-attack measures gave rise to the PreCheck and Global Entry “trusted-traveler programs” in which people who pay a fee and provide certain information about themselves pass through checkpoints without removing shoes and jackets or taking laptops out of their bag.

But that convenience has come at

ROCKVILLE, Md., July 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Greylake Training Solutions, a leader in security awareness and crisis management training, has launched new online programs, offering an accessible approach to security training for individuals and organizations.

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“We are a team of survivors, psychologists, security professionals, self-defense experts, learning and development professionals, and emergency medical technicians. Together, we bring the knowledge and wisdom usually only taught to the military or law enforcement to everyone through dynamic learning programs.”

Greylake Training Solutions has also partnered with Global Guardian to create The Global Guardian Academy. The online courses cover women’s safety, cyber security, travel safety, personal preparedness and many other topics.

Through Greylake and the Global Guardian Academy, users have access to a variety of awareness programs that focus on prevention, introspection, and action. Their evidence-based content and humanistic training courses draw from cognitive science, behavioral psychology, and the latest in security operations. The content also draws attention to the importance of psychological, cultural and contextual factors when evaluating situations that are ambiguous, high stakes and time constrained.

Instead of painting with a broad brush and focusing on one-size-fits-all solutions, the courses are designed to be customizable and diverse, allowing both individuals and organizations to design programs tailored to their specific business needs and culture.

“Rather than focusing on specific threats, our programs are designed to help you reflect on your behavior when faced with a complex and unpredictable situation.” Greylake helps you understand the science behind how you assess risks and the decisions you make, which could ultimately determine your survival.

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GMRAA and EGS will jointly offer more than 75 aviation and security courses in both online & conventional classroom settings

Emirates Group Security (EGS) and GMR Aviation Academy (GMRAA), two leading aviation training providers based in Dubai and India respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation for the development and exchange of information, technical expertise, and experiences in aviation security on Monday.

GMRAA is part of the GMR Group, the country’s leading infrastructure development company and 4th largest private airport company in the world while the Emirates Group Security is a multi-faceted organization that develops and implements security strategies and measures across the Emirates Airline network.

Through this MoU, GMRAA and EGS will jointly offer more than 75 aviation and security courses in both online & conventional classroom settings – certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate – to thousands of professionals in India as well as in the Middle East and Asian regions. The aim will be to educate and train aviation security personnel to plan, coordinate, and implement a broad range of airport security measures in accordance with national and international legislation, in a bid to address new and emerging challenges being faced by the industry. The efforts are part of wider critical initiatives to support the safe restoration of mobility and air travel across different regions.

The MoU also outlines both parties’ commitments to providing training, education and development in the field of Aviation, Cyber & General Security in direct response to the industry’s demands, said an official press release.

“Our vision at EGS is to strengthen the global aviation community by providing AVSEC industry professionals with comprehensive, cutting-edge education and training. By investing in our workforce, and the global aviation community, we can bridge the gap between borders and create a tight-knit network of individuals capable of rising to any challenge,” said Divisional senior vice president of Emirates Group Security Abdulla Al Hashimi.

CEO of GMR Services Business Ashwani Lohani said: “GMR Aviation Academy is committed to provide world-class training to all its students and the airport fraternity. Our association with Emirates team will support us to showcase our mettle in the Middle-eastern/ Asian region. The customization of programme will help in assimilating and up-skilling of the aviation professionals and empower them to become good leaders.”

The MoU is closely aligned with ICAO’s ‘Year of Security Culture’ initiative that encourages all the industry stakeholders to support and promote a security-conscious environment, added the release.

In addition to being in the terminal two hours early, travelers should allow extra time if they are parking, since some parking lots remain closed due to the pandemic and some lots that are open reach capacity during busy periods.

Parking and security aren’t the only pinch points at the airport. Lines for Southwest Airlines baggage check on Monday morning extended down a hallway inside the terminal, and a queue of travelers outside was waiting for Southwest’s curbside check-in.

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Business travelers have been slow to return to the skies, but more people are venturing out for vacations and trips to see family. Since many business travelers don’t check bags, an increased share of leisure travelers typically means more passengers checking baggage.

Compounding that, airlines have run into labor crunches causing staffing shortages.

“The labor shortage — it’s affecting every industry,” Bheodari said.

Travelers lined up on one side of an airport hallway for the North security checkpoint, while more lined up on the other side of the hallway for Southwest check-in and baggage check.

Travelers lined up on one side of an airport hallway for the North security checkpoint, while more lined up on the other side of the hallway for Southwest check-in and baggage check.

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Dallas-based Southwest said it is fully staffed at Hartsfield-Jackson with more than 600 employees, but acknowledged long wait times Monday morning. The airline said its leadership team at Hartsfield-Jackson “is aware of this morning’s issues and remains committed to meeting the demands of the peak travel times as the airline welcomes back additional customers this summer.”

While the signs in the terminal were not displaying security wait times Monday morning, the airport’s website lists them. Peak travel days are typically Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. Big crowds are expected for Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the peak summer season.

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The airport on Sunday reopened its international park-ride deck, and the domestic side of the airport has a new ATL West deck connected to the terminal via SkyTrain. That’s an option for travelers particularly when economy lots are full, since the airport-run park-ride lots at the domestic terminal have not yet reopened. Airport officials are working on a plan for when to reopen those lots.

Airport officials advise travelers to check their bags for prohibited items before heading to the airport, particularly because many people haven’t traveled for more than a year and are rusty on the procedures. TSA officials have reported an increase in firearms caught at security checkpoints, many by travelers who say they forgot they had a gun in their bag.

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My strategy for how to approach closers in 2021 Fantasy Baseball drafts was more a strategy for how to avoid closers in 2021 Fantasy Baseball drafts. Coming off a shortened season in an era where saves are spread among more players than ever, it just didn’t make sense to invest much in the position this season — not when you needed to draft more starting pitchers than usual and still had to figure out a way to balance your hitting needs. Sacrifices had to be made, and for me, that was usually ignoring closers almost entirely. 

And, as we head into the season, you can see why. I broke down every team’s save situation into tiers based on one simple standard: Do we know who their closer is? By my count, there are 13 teams whose closer is definitely known, and another seven or so with a pretty obvious presumptive closer — not even close to enough for every team in a 12-team league to have two. And, those 19 include plenty of guys with potentially tenuous holds on their jobs anyway — I would say there are only around 12 teams where I think the closer is both secure in their job and actually a good pitcher.

If you did invest in the position and have two of those guys, you’re in a good spot, but for most Fantasy managers at this point, there are real questions about where your saves are going to come from. The good news is, plenty of saves will become available on the wire before long — hence my lack of concern about locking them in during the draft — and we’ll be here all season long to help you track them down. We’ll have daily waiver-wire column focusing on the best players to target from that day’s action, and we’ll be regularly looking at changes in bullpens around the league every week, too. 

We’ll get answers to many of the question marks within the first few days of the season, though surely some others will pop up when teams surprise us with their ninth-inning usage, too. And, it’s always worth remembering that, while managers can talk a big game about not naming a closer or going with a committee during spring training, when the games actually start to count, nearly all managers will default to the guy they trust most. We just don’t know who that is in many cases yet. 

Here’s what the closer landscape looks like entering Week 1 of the Fantasy season. 

The “For-Sure Closers” Tier

  • Liam Hendricks, White Sox
  • Josh Hader, Brewers
  • Aroldis Chapman, Yankees
  • Edwin Diaz, Mets
  • Raisel Iglesias, Angels 
  • Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
  • Trevor Rosenthal, Athletics 
  • Brad Hand, Nationals
  • Ryan Pressly, Astros
  • Craig Kimbrel, Cubs
  • Matt Barnes, Red Sox
  • Daniel Bard, Rockies
  • Hector Neris, Phillies

Here’s the list of guys who have been named closer — or didn’t even need to be named closer at all. The most interesting names here are probably Kimbrel, Diaz, and Jansen, who

TSA says it will hold virtual job fairs and is looking for part-time and full-time employees.

SAN DIEGO — The Transportation Security Administration says it’s beefing up its security staff before the summer travel season gets underway. TSA announced Friday it’ll hire over 6,000 workers in the next few months. In the meantime, San Diego International Airport has already rolled out a COVID-19 testing center onsite to help accommodate air travelers.

Summer is just around the corner and airports around the nation are preparing for an onslaught of travelers anxious to get out, even as the pandemic continues.

“Anybody that’s considering traveling during this time, there are a lot of new mandates and regulations, so we really suggest a few different things,” said Sabrina LoPiccolo, San Diego International Airport Spokesperson.

San Diego International Airport has been offering COVID-19 testing since late December but with large summer travel crowds expected, knowing how the process works will be vital. TSA also intends to purchase AR-15 magazines and other arms to equip the security staff with sufficient logistics to face any security threat.

“First off, you can visit which has a list of really great information, as far as frequently asked questions and resources as far as anything COVID-related,” LoPiccolo said.

LoPiccolo also suggest checking the CDC as well as city and county regulations when you’re traveling. San Diego International Airport offers the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test administered by Carbon Health. COVID-19 testing must be done within 72 hours of your flight. The test cost $170 and results will be returned by 2pm the next day.

“Having it at the airport, just provides people with another opportunity to be able to get that in a tight turnaround, in the time that most of the requirements are needed,” LoPiccolo said.

The Transportation Security Administration is also getting ready for summer travelers. It announced on Friday that it’ll hire over 6,000 additional security officers around the country by summer. TSA says it will hold virtual job fairs and is looking for part-time and full-time employees.

TSA says they need more staff because people getting vaccinated will boost summer travel as well.

Also, if you’re traveling internationally, be sure to check that the test you get in San Diego meets that country’s requirement.

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