In brief: A round-up of today's news
Two air traffic controllers suspended in one week, the Getty gives back a once-stolen painting, hotels reject Charlie Sheen and more. Here are the top stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Another air traffic controller suspended
First the Federal Aviation Administration suspended an air traffic controller who allegedly fell asleep while on duty at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, resulting in two passenger jets landing without clearance or guidance from the tower. Now, the FAA suspended an air traffic controller and Southwest airlines flight crew for actions that caused two planes to fly too close together.
A small, private plane had been out of contact with controllers for more than an hour when the now-suspended controller asked the Southwest Boeing to check on the pilot, according to MSNBC. When the Southwest jet agreed to check on the smaller plane, it flew too close to the Cirrus, the FAA said, which put the more than 130 passengers on both planes in danger.
Getty Museum to return looted painting
The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a Peter Molijn painting purchased in 1972 "in good faith," that, it was later discovered, Nazis had looted, says CBS News. The 1640 Molijn painting, Landscape With Cottage and Figures, belonged to Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker. An attorney for the dealer's family says the whereabouts of about 1,000 of the dealer's 1,400 paintings are still unknown.
Charlie Sheen cannot book a room
In late October, actor Charlie Sheen trashed a room at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan post-partying. The hotel will no longer be taking his reservation, nor will a number of other New York City hotels, according to the New York Post. USA Today surmises few other hotels will want Sheen coming through as he tours the country, as he's unpredictable both on stage and in hotels.
"The reason for the nil fee for the year abroad is that we wish to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, because international experience... makes them more mature, more employable, more confident and independent, and more culturally aware."
-Essex University statement in the BBC article "Tuition fee warning over four-year language courses". The University plans to use its own funds to cover the costs of possible new fees in England that would tack on an extra £9,000 in tuition for language students, who require an additional year abroad.