In brief: Interview with a New Jersey Shore lifeguard
A talk-show host reports $11,000 worth of jewellery missing from checked luggage, an air traffic controller is busted for drinking, Amsterdam finds a creative way to entertain waiting fliers, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Radio host reports expensive jewellery stolen out of luggage
Radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham said $11,000 worth of her jewellery was stolen when she opened her checked bag to discover it had been rifled through at the airport. Considering about 500 Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired for theft since 9/11, we think the most shocking aspect of the news is that Ingraham decided to check $11,000 worth of jewellery, including the cross from her Catholic baptism, which she says came from the Vatican and was blessed by the Pope. We're guessing she never read about what happens to thousands of pieces of lost luggage before deciding to put the fate of her valued possessions in the hands of airport employees. The BBC business travel columnist says to never check your valuables. Looks like he knows a few things about beating the baggage blues.
Another air traffic controller in trouble
As the US air traffic control celebrates is 75th anniversary this month, another air traffic controller has made headlines — this time for allegedly testing positive for alcohol. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, which occurred after a series of events involving snoozing air traffic controllers. It has not been revealed how much the controller had to drink, but to be fair, the FAA does not permit air traffic controllers to have a blood alcohol level higher than a .02, while the legal limit is .08.
Daily Deals sites might not be as beneficial as expected
Coupon craze sites like Travelzoo, Living Social and Groupon have changed the way people shop for products, entertainment and travel. Studies have shown businesses can benefit from the model of giving steep discounts and sharing the revenue with the coupon provider. But Tnooz argues the methodology used in the studies has resulted in inconsistent data, and companies using daily deals sites might suffer a revenue loss in the long term, while buyers often wind up with wasted cash on unused coupons.
The biggest of such sites, Groupon, teamed up with Expedia to launch Groupon Getaways last week. USA Today took the site for a test drive and found that some discounts can save consumers a nice chunk of change, but others don't come close to living up to the promised discount of up to 55%.
Floating Dutchman offers entertainment during layovers
As part of an effort to boost local income from short-term visitors, Amsterdam's Schipol International Airport has begun offering waiting fliers a new form of entertainment during layovers: tours on an amphibious bus. The "Floating Dutchman" takes passengers with layovers of more than four hours on a short ride through Amsterdam's canals in what seems to be a relatively claustrophobic alternative to a real boat. AOL Travel has a video.
"Of course we talk about everybody on the beach -- any flaw in any person. We buy our own walkie-talkie radios and communicate that way, about hot girls and everyone else who's not so hot. We always get these big, old French-Canadian guys who wear tiny thongs."
-Budget Travel interviewed a veteran lifeguard on the New Jersey shore, and some of his candid answers about partying hard and unconventional bathroom habits may inadvertently help perpetuate the image of what is quickly becoming America's most infamous shore.