In brief: ‘No-ride’ train list and a celebrity road trip
Senator wants to instate a ‘no-ride’ list, a passenger tries to open a plane door mid-flight, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Senator pushing for Amtrak "no-ride" list
After plans to attack US trains were discovered during a raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound, New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumacher is calling for the creation of a "no-ride" list. The proposed list would function similar to the country's "no-fly" list, which prevents suspected terrorists from entering or leaving the US, CBS News reports.
So Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando get into a car...
It might sound like a new dinner party game - "Which three celebrities would you want to take a road trip with?"- but when Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando couldn't catch a flight out of New York City following the 11 September attacks, they rented a car and took to the road. The story is recounted in this month's Vanity Fair, which pays tribute to the late Taylor. The end destination? Somewhere in Ohio, according to Time, where they then boarded flights.
Man tries to open plane door during flight, Gawker looks into why people try
A Continental Airlines flight on Sunday bound for Chicago from Houston landed for about an hour in St Louis after an "unruly passenger" tried to open a plane door during flight, according to ABC News. In light of the incident, Gawker put together the piece Why Do People Try to Open Plane Doors During Flights? Reasons include a former Playboy model's turbulence anxiety, as well as someone being drunk and needing fresh air. All attempts were unsuccessful, though: It is impossible to open a plane door while in flight.
"'Our cab driver was an angel sent from heaven,' said Jennifer Hoffman, who added that she wanted to find him to tip him some of their $1 million prize."
Thanks to a helpful cabbie with a smartphone, sisters LaKisha Hoffman and Jennifer Hoffman landed on the mat in Miami first in last night's final episode of The Amazing Race, winning the 18th season of the whirlwind travel competition, the AP reports.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
Bin Laden Invested Millions in Company That Made 3-oz Bottles of Liquids and Gels: http://bit.ly/knA4jy
- @borowitzreport (Andy Borowitz)
In the comedian's satirical article, he expounds, "In addition to Mr. bin Laden's passion for 3-ounce bottles, seized computer files portray a man bent on controlling the world's supply of slip-on shoes and loafers."