Terror treat in New York and DC, a power outage grounds flights at San Diego airport, Google buys Zagat, a Swiss agency reveals the world's safest airlines, an Australian research centre identifies the world's busiest airline routes, and more. Here is what travellers are buzzing about:
Will it be safe to travel on 11 September this year?
US federal officials have warned of "a credible but
unconfirmed terrorist threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New
York City or Washington, D.C.," reported NBC
News, citing an anonymous official as putting the threat on a scale of
"5 or 6 out of 10" -- with 10 being certain attack. The warning
follows an earlier travel alert
issued by the US State Department: "In the past, terrorist organisations
have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on
the calendar." One thing seems certain amid all the concerns: there will
be delays associated with increased screening at access points to airports and
other transport facilities in major US cities around the anniversary of the
Diego airport and train service disrupted
A power outage yesterday afternoon in parts of the US Southwest grounded all
flights in San Diego, California, the nation's eighth largest airport. As of
this writing, San Diego airport was fully operational, with some
cancellations and delays and so travellers should check FlightStats or their airline or Amtrak
The world's busiest airline routes
in Asia, according to the Sydney-based Centre for Aviation. The busiest
route, defined as having the most number of seats filled on flights
scheduled per route, is in Japan, between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Sapporo.
Next busiest routes are in South Korea (Seoul/Jeju Island), Japan
(Tokyo/Fukuoka), and Australia (Sydney/Melbourne).
The world's safest airlines
Geneva-based Air Transport Rating Agency has released its Holistic
Safety Rating 2011 report. Based on an analysis 15 sets of safety data, the
report names the safest major commercial airlines, in alphabetical order: Air
France-KLM, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Japan Airlines,
Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, United/Continental and US Airways.
search giant has bought
the 33-year old recommendations and rating company, after having failed in its
effort to buy similar ratings from the online listings site Yelp. Industry
insiders at trade publication Tnooz
asked, "Will it now emphasize Zagat reviews over those from TripAdvisor
and Yahoo in a similar manner to the way it gives preference to Google user
reviews over third-party reviews in Google Hotel Finder?" Good question.
scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
Marilyn! I still have a mental image of you cycling across DC in the rain in
-- @BertieWWooster a.k.a., Bertram Wilberforce ‘Bertie’ Wooster, the
fictional character created in the early 20th-century by British writer PG
Wodehouse. It turns out he has a Twitter account and is fond of Marilyn Resnik,
the chief of research at National Geographic Traveler magazine (US).
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