In brief: A round-up of today's news
Japan relief funds come from the skies, hotels prefer you not use water bottles, US Homeland Security replaced its color alert system and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Airlines, travellers raise money for Japan
Airline employees and travellers have raised millions of dollars to aid recovery efforts in Japan. Frequent flier donations, flight attendant bake sales and corporate donations have contributed to the millions raised, and many airlines are still offering donations-for-miles deals through the end of this month, according to the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, the radiation warnings have become even more serious in Japan.
Rat waste found on Delta plane
Word came out yesterday that the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to Delta after discovering rodent urine and numerous pellets during an aircraft inspection. A Delta spokesperson said the airlines took the issue "very seriously" and has already caught the animal. Droppings were found... well, if you want to know, read the full story.
Travel properties push against use of plastic bottles
Airports and hotels are taking steps to encourage travellers to ease their use of plastic water bottles. San Francisco airport's Terminal 2 has boasts hydration station where flyers can refill their own bottles, and properties in Italy and Chile are pushing the use of metal flasks instead of purchasing and tossing plastic bottles, according to AOL Travel.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"Homeland Security replaced its color alert system. From now on, threats will be classified as 'scary,' 'very scary,' or 'very very scary.'"- @MrsRupertPupkin
Replacing the US Department of Homeland Security's rainbow of warning are two categories: imminent threat or elevated threat. Citizens can be notified, of course, by following a Twitter account (@NTASAlerts) and Facebook fan page. The Homeland Security social media operators have yet to post an update on either account. In this case, that's a good sign, right?