A sun-powered plane gets ready for its close-up at the Paris Air Show, a bird strike endangers passengers on a US flight, and a southern US town questions the effects of cruise ship tourism. Here's what travellers are buzzing about today.
World's first sun-powered plane is set to debut
a prototype plane powered entirely by about 12,000 solar cells, arrived in France last
night, in time for next week's Paris Air Show. The plane only carries one
passenger, the pilot, even though it has the wingspan of a jumbo jet. On the
bright side, the motor is as powerful as what the Wright brothers had, The
Economist reports. The plane's solar cells can also store energy in lithium ion
batteries for nighttime flying. The Solar Impulse and other planes are on view
show, which runs 24 to 26 June and costs 13 euros for a single-day
Flock disrupts a US flight
Yesterday evening, an American Airlines flight with 127 passengers was struck by more than 20 birds during takeoff from
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, prompting an emergency landing. No one
was injured. Since 1955, there have been 55 bird strikes of commercial flights that
resulted in accidents, reports the Aviation Safety Network. You can watch a
recent bird strike of a different aeroplane here.
ships endangering Charleston, South Carolina?
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed Charleston, South
Carolina, on its first ever "watch list" because
cruise ship tourism "threatens" the city's historic character,
reports Laura Bly in USA Today. This news follows yesterday's announcement that
the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charleston has filed suit
against Carnival Cruise Lines in state court,
alleging that the company is violating local zoning ordinance and state
environmental permitting laws.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout
"Salut Montreal! I look forward to your poutine-filled, jazz-drenched,
tamtam-y goodness this summer."
Jodi Ettenberg, who in 2008 left her job a lawyer to travel the world nonstop,
commenting about her first trip to her hometown this year.
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