Thunderstorms could delay Nasa's final launch, Trip Advisor adds train-search option, a TSA employee shoves an iPad down his pants, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
arrested for grand theft
Passengers who weren't troubled enough with the shoe removal, body scanning and
groping that occurs while going through airport security can add one more worry
to the list: theft. After stealing a reported $50,000 worth of
computers, cameras and other electronics from luggage he was screening in
the last six months, a Transportation Security Administration employee was
arrested Monday. While Nelson Santiago may have been the first to get busted while
stuffing an iPad down his pants, he's just the latest example of thieving TSA
employees — since 11 September, 2001, about 500 have reportedly been fired for
theft. But don't fret too much; the Matador Network has some worthy advice on
not to lose your s--- with the TSA."
Trip Advisor expands search to include
Trip Advisor recently became an even more valuable tool for travellers in
Europe by offering a comparison
of rail prices alongside airfare search results. The meta-search site
claims to be the first to offer a comprehensive search of train itineraries,
the Independent reports. A quick search for a trip from Amsterdam to Paris
showed the least expensive train at £99 compared to £183 by plane. However, for
a trip from Barcelona to Paris it was actually less expensive to fly — the
cheapest flight was £43 compared to an £83 train journey — while saving
travellers more than 10 hours. Meanwhile, Hipmunk — a site which displays
results by cost, departure, date or levels of "agony" — recently added
a wi-fi icon to represent flights offering Internet. Seems our predictions
for the future
of travel search are coming true.
Weather threatens launch of Atlantis
Nasa is prepared for the final flight in the history of the 30-year US space
programme, but weather could keep Atlantis from
launching on Friday, BBC News reports. If thunderstorms do delay the
launch, another attempt likely won't be made until Sunday, much to the chagrin
of up to 750,000 people heading to the Space Coast to watch the final blastoff,
some of whom camped out to reserve a good viewing spot.
Travel and Leisure readers rank world's
100 best hotels
It may come as a surprise that readers of Travel and Leisure voted
Tanzania's Singita Grumeti Reserves at Serengeti
National Park as the top hotel in the world. But even more surprising is that
it's just one of six of safari lodges in Africa that ranked in the world's top
10 hotels. Others in the top 10 include the Oberoi Udaivilas and Oberoi
Rajvilas in Udaipur and Jaipur, India; Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana;
and the Dhara Dhevi Mandarin Oriental in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
"The United States drives more than any other
society, and the self-driving car provides the glorious possibility of a
hands-free cross-country road trip. But how will it harmonize with American
drivers' varied preferences for tailgating, conscientious
speed-limit-monitoring, passive aggression toward walkway pedestrians, or
highway-traversing pursuits of the fastest lane?"
cars might be hitting roads as soon as 2012, self-driving cars aren't
expected to be available for mass consumption until 2018. Slate examines how
Americans will adapt.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter and publish a standout travel tweet
"Current record for most FF miles held by an
individual is 113 million — 1,400 1st-class RT flts from NY-Australia http://bit.ly/qjWQRB"
-@JohnnyJet. According to an article on Concierge.com, the person with the most frequent flyer miles in the world has a reported 113 million. For
you math fans out there, it would take roughly seven years and four months in the
air to use if flying between New York and Australia — in first class! Perhaps
this master travel hacker will share the wealth.
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