In brief: Pan Am vets praise new TV show
A reality TV star claims that his wife stole dozens of $100 hotel robes, real Pan Am vets give the thumbs up to the new TV show about the airline, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Reality TV star claims that his wife stole $100 hotel robes
In a bizarre story, Tareq Salahi, a former public official who notoriously crashed a White House state dinner with his wife in 2009, has since been dumped by his spouse and is now spilling petty secrets. Salahi told TMZ he is selling about 50 bath robes that he claims his wife stole from hotel rooms over the years. "As soon as we arrived [at the hotels], Michaele would call housekeeping and demand a bath gown saying that there was one missing. So when we checked out we would not be charged for taking it." He says he's selling the goods and will donate the proceeds to charity, though it's not clear what the legality of that is.
How accurate is the new TV show Pan Am?
On 25 September, 10 million American TV viewers watched the debut of the 1960s drama, Pan Am, about flight crews and their love lives. Travel Weekly interviewed some Pan Am vets to ask for their impressions, and it turns out many are impressed. The show accurately captures the attention to grooming rules, walks, gestures and practises (like taking small children on tours of the cockpit) that characterised the fabled airline. The biggest inaccuracies: in real life "stewardesses" couldn't wear shoulder-length hair, their uniforms were more like blue-gray than the vibrant blue used on the show, and there were a lot fewer romantic entanglements.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"Wow, our Facebook Promo ‘No Facebook without the Dutch’ has gotten 50,000 views http://awe.sm/5WZhX "
-- @schpvrtmsm, the Twitter feed for the Netherlands' National Maritime Museum, which reopened this week in Amsterdam after extensive renovations. To promote its new look and high-tech exhibits, the museum created a viral video titled No Facebook Without the Dutch, using Dutch history in a tongue-in-cheek fashion to describe the country's maritime history and explain how it influenced the creation of Facebook. It's a humorous video, for sure.