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Airport codeword aims to stop X-ray machines blowing marriage proposals

X-ray machines and other security procedures at airports are a necessary nuisance for passengers who have to simply accept it as part of the modern-day travel experience. But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, airport security can present a whole new challenge for loved-up folks intending to pop the question when they reach their vacation spot, as a routine bag search could result in an awkward moment as the ring box is pulled out for all to see. Every year, the machines and their operators blow the cover of at least a few of these people, culminating in a somewhat underwhelming marriage proposal (though definitely memorable!), with the couple surrounded by flustered passengers putting their belts back on instead of the planned idyllic setting of sun, sea, and sand.

In a bid to help keep the secret safe of anyone planning to propose to their partner, an airport in the U.K. has come up with an ingenious solution.

Here’s what you have to do

Officials at East Midlands Airport, about 100 miles north of London, are telling any would-be proposers to email them ahead of their arrival to let them know they’ll have a ring with them in their carry-on baggage. The airport will then send them a code-phrase that they’ll need to say to security personnel in case they’re singled out for a bag check. Once they hear it, security will take the passenger to a different lane to their partner so they won’t see the ring if it’s pulled out of the bag.

Matthew Quinney, East Midlands Airport’s head of security, said it would be “a big damper on someone’s meticulously planned romantic trip if their big surprise was revealed even before they’ve boarded the plane.” And so, with an uptick in proposals expected ahead of February 14, they decided to implement a system to prevent any awkward situations for occurring.

It’s certainly very thoughtful of the airport to consider such matters, and could save some red faces by the X-ray machine.

“With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to reduce the chances of the marriage proposal being ruined at the airport because, frankly, as much as we like the airport, we don’t think it’s the most romantic place to get engaged,” Ioan Reed-Aspley, a spokesman for East Midlands Airport, told BBC Radio.

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Blue Ivy shushing Beyonce and Jay-Z inspires best Grammys meme

The meme spawned at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards is going to come in so handy. Blue Ivy Carter, 6, seated between parents Beyonce and Jay-Z, was captured on camera apparently shushing her famous folks as they applauded singer Camila Cabello. Not many people get to tell Bey and Jay what to do, but their oldest child definitely holds that privilege.

Twitter users were quick to share the image.

Did Blue Ivy just hush her parents? Iconic #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/KsAcJCMGxn

— ???? (@LunaLuuvgood) January 29, 2018


— buttercup. (@_iPiiNKYPROMiSE) January 29, 2018

Yo did Blue Ivy just tell her parents to not clap? Lol. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/Lrvf3DasbO

— Music Heads TV? (@MusicHeadsTV) January 29, 2018

Blue: calm down mother, dad you too.

Y’all bring attention and you already know I didn’t wanna be here.

Thanks https://t.co/dqdXq5OKD4

— Fresco(TM) (@Frescomelts) January 29, 2018

Blue ain’t forget how they did Mom last year.

God forgives, small children do not. https://t.co/rwSPLwYX6J

— Jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) January 29, 2018

y’all think blue funny but Beyonce giving her a whooping as soon as she get home

— ? (@bIackfonds) January 29, 2018

Blue telling Bey and Jay to simmer down? pic.twitter.com/qSSQC7UMWD

— Black Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) January 29, 2018

“Stop embarrassing me” pic.twitter.com/Vm7FMatzHP

— agerenesh ashagre (@agerenesh) January 29, 2018

“Keep it cool, Ma.” Can you imagine saying that to Beyonce?

— Sharley (@MermaidOnTV) January 29, 2018

She hit them with that “please act like you’ve been here before”

— Amy Blackhouse (@aanywhore) January 29, 2018

I think it’s safe to say that both of them are wrapped around her right pinky finger

— ?RocKSteady? (@TabbyV_) January 29, 2018

Blue told Beyonce to stop clapping and Beyonce did what she was told

— Girth Brooks (@_liddoboss) January 29, 2018

Expect to see the GIF of Blue’s royal shushing used whenever someone, anyone, on social media needs to be told to chill out or pipe down.

As soon as I saw that live I was like “Oh yeah this is about to be a meme” ???

— Mica Powers (@Mica4Life) January 29, 2018

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T3 Australia February/March 2018 issue on sale now

You may know your Google Home from your Amazon Echo, but which smart home speaker is the best? T3 knows. T3 has yelled at a mansion’s worth of speakers and run them through gruelling tests to bring you a definitive answer, revealed in our cover feature. They’ll do more than organise your calendar, and will revolutionise your entire house – and we have them in the latest issue, redesigned from the ground up.

We’ve gone beyond smart speakers too. Care to apply intelligent lighting that changes its hues? We’ve got that. How’s about a smoke detector that’s savvy enough to know when you’re burning the toast and not your entire house down? Got that as well. It’s the issue that could well save your life.

Beer this

From smart home to craft brews, this issue’s Man Vs Tech pits an all-in-one beer brewing kit against a keen home brewer to see who can make the best ale possible. We share our know-how and show you it’s easier than you might think. Continuing the theme of relaxing with the indomitable Royole Moon, a headset that beams an 800-inch cinema screen right in front of your eyes. You might never go to the movies again.

That’s not all. Join us as we go behind the scenes at Disneyland and the people responsible for the happiest place on earth spill its secrets, review the best DSLR-beating cameras, get behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce Ghost, showcase adventurous sky-touching trail runs, and heaps more. You’ll have to pick up issue 181 of T3 Australia, available right now in all good newsagents, and online from iTunes[1] and the Google Play store[2] and see it for yourself.


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Carrie Fisher wins posthumous Grammy for 'Princess Diarist'

The late Carrie Fisher won a Grammy Award Sunday for best spoken-word album, honoring her book, “The Princess Diarist.” Fisher, who died at age 60 in December 2016, wrote the book using memories from handwritten diaries of her days on the “Star Wars” set.

Congrats Best Spoken Word Album – ‘The Princess Diarist’ #CarrieFisher #GRAMMYs

— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) January 28, 2018

The award was announced during the preshow ceremony before Sunday’s televised awards show. Fisher beat out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Astrophysics For People in a Hurry,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Shelly Peiken’s “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter,” and Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo’s “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.” Fisher’s fans found it a fitting honor, and her onscreen twin, Mark Hamill, also delivered some brotherly praise to the woman he called his “SpaceSis.”

CONGRATULATIONS to my #GRAMMY-winning #SpaceSis!!! #AlwaysWithUs #AlwaysAWinner #CarrieOnFOREVER https://t.co/O6kpr8CL3R

— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) January 28, 2018

REST IN PEACE QUEEN ?? pic.twitter.com/xwia3cGPId

— ???? (@theIadybird) January 28, 2018

She’s getting grammys 6 feet under meanwhile some of your favs could never while being alive

— (@trilogyvinyl) January 28, 2018

??? #CarrieON pic.twitter.com/arjCpUIgZd

— Dream No More. (@DarkSanti97) January 28, 2018

I read the book.

Heard her voice in my head. @RecordingAcad: Congrats Best Spoken Word Album – ‘The Princess Diarist’ #CarrieFisher #GRAMMYs

— David Craig (@davidcraigstl) January 28, 2018

The only winner that matters. Rest in peace, princess?

— cony?? (@felicityshaiz) January 28, 2018

Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, shared a touching throwback photo on Instagram. “I wish she was here to carry me down the red carpet in some bizarre floral ensemble,” Lourd said, acknowledging the vintage photo, “but instead we’ll celebrate in true Carrie style: in bed in front of the TV over cold Coca-Colas and warm e-cigs.

I’m beyond proud.”

!!?!!????? ??? ? ??(C)?i? ?(R)????!!?!! Princess Diarist was the last profesh(ish) thing my momby and I got to do together. I wish she was here to carry me down the red carpet in some bizarre floral ensemble but instead we’ll celebrate in true Carrie style: in bed in front of the TV over cold Coca Colas and warm e cigs.

I’m beyond proud. @recordingacademy??

A post shared by Billie Lourd (@praisethelourd) on Jan 28, 2018 at 2:15pm PST

In 2010, Fisher was nominated for the same award for her audiobook version of the 2009 memoir “Wishful Drinking.” The award went to Michael J.

Fox for “Always Looking Up: Adventures of An Incurable Optimist.”

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