In brief: European airports could fly 28 million more
Major European airports can get more efficient, ticket distribution for the 2012 Olympic Games approaches, the road up Mount Washington turns 150, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
European airports can fit more fliers, study says
If major European airports were to use takeoff and landing space more efficiently, 28 million more fliers could filter through in the course of a year, a recent European commission report said. The projected increase only factors in current airport layouts without any expansions. This year, The European Union transport commissioner plans to propose legislation to address what he deems airport congestion and inefficiency, according to the Guardian. Currently, 26,000 flights cut through European air daily, a number that grows at about 5% per year.
London 2012 ticket allocations near
Soon the 20 million people who applied for London 2012 Olympic Games will know if they secured any of the 6.6 million general public tickets. The BBC reports all applicants will know their standing by 24 June, though their credit cards are charged for the allocated tickets before applicants know which they have received. Some who have already seen the charge register are beginning to guess which events they will be cheering for, though it is all speculation.
Arab, Muslim men in US no longer required to register with government
In late April the US Homeland Security Department ended a post 9/11 program that forced thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with government officials. The purpose of the program, which many considered thinly veiled racial profiling, was to find individuals with terrorism links and immigration violations. The New York Times looks into the aftermath of the program.
"For 150 years, the steep, narrow eight-mile road to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington has been delighting and scaring the living daylights out of visitors, with its lack of guardrails and harrowing sheer-cliff drop-offs."
About 250,000 people a year visit the road that climbs to the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. The road, considered the “oldest man-made tourist attraction” in the US, is now 150 years old. Read about the history in this MSNBC article.