In brief: Flyers gone wild
Yet another story of passengers behaving badly, some advice on when to buy miles from US airlines, Beirut gets its first street atlas, the story of a Tuscan village that was bought by Europe's largest tourist company, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Passengers behaving badly
Yesterday, a US Airways flight attendant asked Deshon Marman, 20, to pull up his sagging pajama pants, but he didn't, for reasons that are yet unclear. So the pilot eventually evacuated the plane and made a "citizen's arrest" of the youth, reports the local NBC News affiliate in San Francisco. The station quotes a US Airways spokesperson as saying that the company's dress code forbids “indecent exposure or inappropriate” attire.
This story comes on the heels of a series of incidents in the past few weeks, including United having to make an emergency landing because of a fist fight over a reclining seat, Delta having to kick a passenger off a flight for he used a curse word and Virgin having to ban an English family from its planes for life after it started a mid-flight brawl. What is up with all the air rage?
How to play the bonus miles game
A few times a year, US Airways runs promotions where travellers can earn a large frequent flier mileage bonus by purchasing miles. Here's the current offer: Until 30 June, for every mile you buy, the airline will match your purchase mile for mile, up to a purchase of 50,000 miles. Each mile cost $0.275, plus a charge of 7.5 percent. You can then redeem these miles on US Airways or its Star Alliance carriers such as Air New Zealand, Swiss, and Thai Airways. But is this bonus promotion a good deal? Airfarewatchdog.com crunched the numbers to explain that, yes; it's a very good value if you care about getting premium class tickets at a dramatic discount. For example, a first-class ticket on US Airways from Philadelphia to Honolulu recently cost $2,703 but if you bought 35,000 miles for $963, you could have the same ticket – saving you $1,740. Other airlines also run promotions. See the Airfarewatchdog's chart for more details.
The story of a company that bought a Tuscan village
Since 2007, Europe's biggest travel company, TUI, has invested a quarter of a billion euros in Castelfalfi, an Italian village located between Florence and Pisa, in an effort to turn the village into a paradise for foreign buyers by 2013. If successful, the project could be copied by other developers eager to buy rural towns largely deserted by young Italians and re-sell them to rich foreigners. Der Spiegel has a report on how the German company has run into a problem in creating an authentic Italian village for foreigners. Local Italians want nothing to do with it, fearing it will become a EuroDisney-style retirement community.
Beirut gets its first street atlas
The streets in Lebanon's capital city have at last been mapped in a helpful way for visitors, reports Monocle. Inspired by London's A to Z guide, local Bahi Ghubril created Zawarib Beirut (Beirut Alleys), the first street atlas for the city. Though a first edition was published in a small batch of copies years ago, only the latest edition has become a bestseller. Covers are designed with art by local artists. Find a copy at a local bookshop, then take off on one of Lebanon's ultimate road trips.
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