Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia gets a very tentative completion date, Chicago’s O'Hare serves up farm to airport table produce, Southwest investigates the origins of mysterious plane markings, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Origin of markings on Southwest planes still
For the past few months, mysterious markings have been appearing on Southwest Airlines
planes, and an airline spokeswoman said the low-cost carrier is conducting an
internal investigation to see who is responsible. The FBI and other law
enforcement agencies concluded that the markings, described as "similar to
Arabic writing", present no real threat, and are currently being
considered vandalism. However, the spokeswoman went on to say that the intention
of the markings — and whether they are words, scribbling or simply the
result of a mechanical issue — is still unknown, Reuters reports.
US Ambassador in
Manila aims to eliminate sex tourism
The Philippines is putting considerable efforts into increasing
tourism over the next few years, but Harry Thomas, the US ambassador in Manila, believes the government needs to start putting more
effort into stopping a certain kind of tourism. Speaking to a forum of Filipino
judges and officials, Thomas voiced the concern that "40% of foreign men
who come to the Philippines ... come for sexual
tourism". He said the government must put a stop to the corruption
that makes it possible for wide-scale prostitution to thrive. The government
disputed Thomas' statement, and said the source of his statistics was unclear,
the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
O'Hare serving up produce grown on site
Chicago's O'Hare Airport is trying to redefine what it means to have quality
airport food. There are 44 types of organic herbs and vegetables that grow in O'Hare
Food Garden, "the world's first aeroponic garden in
an airport". Four restaurants at the airport already use produce from the
garden on their menus, USA Today reports.
Marble Manhattan comes to New York
If you want to see Manhattan dressed in white, you don't
have until snow comes this winter. Japanese artist and trained architect Yutaka
Sone's replica of the borough went on display this week at New York's David
Zwirner Gallery. Sone created the piece, called Little Manhattan, entirely out
of marble, using photographs, Google Earth shots, and numerous trips on a
helicopter. The individually carved buildings, parks and streets are quite
"Sometimes one gets the feeling that La Sagrada Familia will always be
under construction. And tourists, intrigued by the towering, incomplete
masterpiece, will flock to the site nonetheless."
The Atlantic sounded off on the announcement that Barcelona's emblematic church
— which has been under construction since the 1880s — finally has a completion
date in sight ... sort of. Several towers, including
the 560ft central tower, have yet to be built. But Joan Rigol, the president of
the foundation overseeing the project, said it could be finished between
2026 and 2028. So assuming "nothing new happens" to delay the
completion date, visitors can appreciate the finished landmark in
less than two decades.
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