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Virgin Australia takes advantage of Qantas strike, Pub tour company hopes space tourists will really need a beer, Disneyland attractions might harbour unsafe lead levels, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about.
Virgin Australia offering seats to frustrated Qantas customers
Qantas announced the cancellation of an additional 80 flights, bringing the total to 500 over the next four weeks. The Australian carrier warned there could be more planes grounded as their strike continues, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. At the same time, Virgin Australia, the country's second-biggest airline, has taken advantage of its competitor's troubles. Virgin has increased capacity by a reported 31,000 seats each week for the last three months and is planning to add 3,000 seats each week through the end of the month, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Would you spend $95,000 on a beer ...in space?
With Richard Branson's dedication of the spaceport's main terminal this week, speculation has continued regarding the timeline for the first few commercial space flights. Australian pub tour operator Thirsty Swagman is trying to get in on the race by offering passengers a chance to enjoy a cold one outside the earth's atmosphere as part of the Beer in Space tour. According to CNN, the only brew available will be one 150 to 250ml bottle of specially designed space beer per person, so most passengers will just have to try to appreciate their 10-minute, $95,000 glance at the earth while sober.
Drowsy air traffic controller gives account of nodding off
The air traffic controller who fell asleep on the job at Reagan National Airport last March -- one of many incidents that provoked related job reforms – called the graveyard shift “insane” in yesterday’s report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The controller with more than 20 years experience was working alone overnight.
Disneyland brings children into contact with too much lead, says group
An environmental group is claiming Disneyland exposes children to dangerous levels of lead, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation is filing an injunction against the park, citing features like knobs, rails and chains in the park's attractions as containing high lead levels. Disneyland officials deny the claims and say they have posted the required legal warnings.
Barf bags the next step in increasing airline revenue
In an effort to fight against US President Obama's proposed tax increases on flights, the Air Transport Association invested in an advertising campaign featuring air-sickness bags that read "sick of taxes?", USA Today reports. Meanwhile, Spirit Airlines is selling its air-sickness bags to advertisers that are willing to pay $18,500. Companies with more cash can advertise on the exterior of Spirit's entire fleet for $14 million, or pay $196,000 for three months of ads on the overhead bins. Spirit's newly ad-saturated planes could be signs of the future, as an increasing number of airlines look to advertising opportunities to increase profits.
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