In brief: Are hurricanes getting stronger?
We may have to invent a category 6 for hurricanes, Delta issues a statement assuring Jewish passengers they will be able to fly all Saudi Arabian Airlines flights, everyone has something to say about the US East Coast earthquake, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Delta announces it will not ask passengers’ religious affiliation
In light of its recent partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines, a Delta Air Lines senior executive issued a non-discrimination statement regarding religion. Following the announced partnership a few months ago, many people expressed their concern that Jewish passengers would not be able to fly some of Delta’s international routes, as per Saudi Arabia's visa policies. For quotes from the statement, read the full Huffington Post article.
Sisters awarded damages for London hotel bedbugs
A pair of sisters staying at the two-star Airways Hotel in London were bitten by bedbugs a total of 130 times during their stay. It took the sisters four months to recover from the bites they accumulated during their three nights in the hotel in 2010, and they were recently awarded 1,600 pounds in damages, the Daily Mail reports. Warning: The accompanying photos are not suitable for those squeamish about bugs.
“And now the ferocity forecast for the century adds to this classification problem. ‘The severe hurricanes might actually become worse. We may have to invent a category 6,’ says David Enfield, a senior scientist at the University of Miami and former physical oceanographer at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).”
– PBS NewsHour reports on the possible creation of a category 6 for hurricanes. Hurricane Irene, which has already caused damage in the Caribbean, was expected to reach category 3 yesterday and is now headed toward the US, Time reports.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to publish a standout travel tweet
“Airlines (well, Delta) expect to cancel 2 dozen flights due to #earthquake. That's nothing compared to a summer storm.”
-@airlinewriter, Associated Press airline reporter David Koenig
Yesterday, an uncharacteristic 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia was felt from Georgia to Massachusetts, and social media exploded with thoughts, reactions and jokes.