In brief: Strikes threaten to disrupt UK airports
A labour walk-out threatens to disrupt airports in the UK, terrorists attack a hotel in Kabul, an augmented-reality tour brings the Berlin Wall back to life, a tourism program at the Taj Mahal upsets conservationists, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Strikes threaten to disrupt airports in the UK
The UK Border Agency has warned passengers to expect delays at Heathrow and other UK airports on Thursday. Hundreds of immigration and customs officials are joining other union workers in a national labour strike over changes to pensions, reports The Guardian.
Hotel terror in Kabul
In the Afghanistan capital, eight suicide bombers attacked the Hotel Inter-Continental (not part of the InterContinental chain) in a brazen, carefully orchestrated plot, reports BBC News. NATO forces ended the siege, which killed 10 people. Our condolences go out to the grieving families. To find the latest State Department warnings and alerts about destinations abroad, visit travel.state.gov.
An augmented-reality tour of the Berlin Wall debuts
You can now see photographs of the Berlin Wall where it used to exist by downloading a mobile application that uses augmented reality technology, Der Spiegel reported in its latest issue. The app works by combining GPS (to pin down your location) with your device's internal compass and camera viewfinder, to recreate the concrete barrier built by the German Democratic Republic to encircle the city of West Berlin. Users of iPhones and Android devices can download the app.
Free entry days at the Taj Mahal upset conservationists
On 28 to 30 June, the Taj Mahal will be open for free to commemorate the life of its creator, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. But conservationists worry that the additional visitor traffic will likely damage the 17th-century monument, reports The Times of India, as the monument's pavements and staircases are being worn away.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"It's #TravelTuesday. Have you packed your charge cords? Little more annoying than to realise you left a phone cord in the last hotel socket."
--@ellenbarone, Ellen Barone, freelance travel writer.