In brief: Passenger detained this 11 September tells story
“Half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” detained on 9/11 shares her details, Gowalla to focus on city guides, the French are working to restore Hitler’s walls, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Passenger detained on 11 September anniversary tells her story
Yesterday the story behind the “suspicious” 9/11 bathroom breaks we reported on came to light, and one of the women detained who describes herself as a “half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife” is sharing her story, according to Gawker. Apparently another passenger reported her as being suspicious when she and the two Indian men with whom she was seated went to the bathroom one after another.
Gowalla to introduce city guide services
Yesterday Gowalla CEO Josh Williams announced the location-based social network will launch a new version of the application that integrates more than 60 city guides, TechCrunch reported. Staff formed the curated guides from user-shared content. The two focuses of the new version are “travel and storytelling”. The guides will be the main tab on the app.
Restoring Hitler’s wall
French local associations are beginning to restore remnants of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, as interest in the site and its history has emerged in the past few years, the BBC reported. Portions of the wall in Germany and the Netherlands have been preserved, but in France, where Hitler’s troops built the majority of the wall, this is the first time anyone has taken steps to restore what remains.
US citizen apparently on no-fly list, travels by sea to the UK and is detained
In another story tied to 11 September-related travel, a man who ventured to England from New York by boat for fear he was on the no-fly list was detained when he arrived in Great Britain yesterday. The 23-year-old Muslim convert holds both U.S. and Italian citizenship and was travelling with the goal of moving to Italy with his mother. The man’s lawyer and mother currently do not know where he is.
Orbitz Worldwide to power American Express Consumer Travel site
Within the next year, Orbitz Worldwide will become American Express Consumer Travel’s trip, package and activity generator, replacing Travelocity. According to Tnooz, Orbtiz expects the pairing to be a boon for business and amp up their hotel business.
“’There will never be a bigger plan built.’ — A Boeing engineer after witnessing the maiden flight of the 247, a twin-engine plane that held 10 people, 1933.” One of many predictions, in the end false, that The Week rounded up in their Bad Opinion Generator.
This minute-long time lapse video, via Gadling, was shot of the runways of the small, four-gate Aeroportul Internaţional Chişinău in Chişinău, Moldova.
The mega retweet
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PHOTOS: Miss Universe contestants model their wacky and wonderful national costumes | ti.me/qFxes2 (via @TIMENewsFeed) -@TIME The magazine published a slideshow online of 40 of the contestants’ most colourful and wild costumes. Miss Angola Leila Lopes ended up taking the title.
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