In brief: Frequent business travellers tend to be obese
Those who travel for business often weight more than those who don’t, a passenger tries to push into the cockpit during flight, thousands have fled Rome, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Study shows frequent business travellers have high rates of obesity
Yesterday we reported that companies worldwide plan to spend more money on corporate travel this year. Could that also mean they will have to put more toward employees' medical benefits? Findings in a recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine show those who travel on business most tend to be obese and have poor (self-rated) health, as compared to infrequent business travellers. A Time reporter who is often on the road himself looked into the study.
Man attempts to enter cockpit during flight
A man from Yemen who apparently was travelling without luggage attempted twice to burst into the cockpit of an in-flight plane headed to San Francisco and yelled "God is great" in Arabic. Crew members and passengers controlled the man and the flight landed safely. The passenger is being held without bail, the Associated Press reports.
People fearing prophesied earthquake leave Rome
Thousands have fled Rome to escape an earthquake that the late seismologist Raffaele Bendandi prognosticated decades ago would devastate the city on 11 May. Government officials are attempting to quell the panic, telling residents earthquakes are impossible to predict. Still, many have already left the city and more plan to stay home from work, BBC reports.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
It seemed everyone had a guess as to where they would go, but yesterday it was confirmed the royal newlyweds are honeymooning on the Seychelles islands (which was one of our top five choices). Residents of the Indian Ocean archipelago would be wise to prepare for a related tourism boom. Meanwhile, Fergie (or Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York) is still hung up on Will and Kate overlooking her for a wedding invite, according to her recent bit on Oprah.