In brief: Lufthansa strikes continue
Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.
Amazing things that should happen more often
In 1899 a group of French artists created photos of what travel might look like in the year 2000. Unfortunately, we don't yet have aerotaxis or boats pulled by whales, but thankfully we don't have to worry about flying policemen either. [tnooz]
Joshua Johnson strapped on his GoPro camera and leapt into the Churchill River with scores of beluga whales, giving the rest of us a glimpse of what it’s like to swim among them. [Matador Network]
Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead
Three weeks after news of the acquisition broke, Google has closed the deal to buy Frommer's travel guides for an unknown sum that could be as much as $20 million, but the internet giant's future plans for Frommer's are still unclear. [tnooz]
After building an empire from slinging slaughtered beef, McDonald's will open its first ever vegetarian outlet in India in attempts to woo customers in the land of the holy cow. [Economic Times]
European jet-maker Air Bus put together a forecast of what air travel might look like in 2050, and it included gliding aeroplanes and jets that use biofuel, solar power and hydrogen. [BBC]
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
After striking in Germany last week, Lufthansa cabin crew expanded their industrial action over pay and conditions by staging two more 24-hour strikes this week. Friday's work stoppage resulted in the carrier cancelling 1,200 flights — two-thirds of its total scheduled flights. The union representing the cabin crew said it would resume labour talks with the airline Friday afternoon. Affected travellers can check Lufthansa's website for updates. [BBC/Reuters]
An outbreak of Hantavirus in California's Yosemite National Park last week resulted in two deaths. Now the National Park Service has expanded its warning, saying as many as 10,000 people in 39 countries could be affected. [Gadling]
It’s a no-go
A man flying from Togo to Switzerland attempted to smuggle 15kg of caterpillars into the country. When caught, he began eating as many as he could in an attempt to prove they were harmless, saying "they were a snack,” and he was addicted to them.