Air traffic controllers can now listen to the radio to stay awake, more than half of Americans will give up vacation this summer, tips on staying connected without incurring a hefty mobile phone bill and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
FAA agreement in place to prevent snoozing controllers
A new Federal Aviation Administration agreement intended to prevent
air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job requires that at
least two controllers be present during night shifts and that all be “well-rested
and mentally alert” when on the job, reports the Huffington Post. The
controllers also are allowed to listen to the radio or read if they are working
Nearly 55% of Americans will not vacation this summer
More than half of Americans will forgo summer vacation this year,
according to an annual survey by Marist Poll. The 45% of US adults who
responded that they still plan to vacation is the lowest percentage since the
survey first began, according
to ABC news.
Roam if you want to
Increased use of and reliance on smartphones, laptops
software applications means many travellers find themselves hostages to high
wifi and roaming charges. An
article on BBC news offers advice on keeping call and data costs
down when travelling abroad.
A man went boating on the Sea of Cortez and ended up rescuing a humpback
whale tangled in netting and drowning. Perhaps in return for his favour, she
put on a “dance” for her rescuers for miles, as captured
in this video on the Huffington Post.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to publish a standout travel tweet
“It takes those of us with two titanium hips and a titanium shoulder a
bit longer to get through TSA… http://t.co/qUoW9FE”
former US Secretary of Defense tweeted about his pat-down at Chicago’s O’Hare
International Airport, linking
to a TMZ story with photo proof.
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