The Canadian government plans to prevent Air Canada flight attendants from walking off the job tomorrow, night flights at Frankfurt Airport are suddenly at risk by a court-ordered ban, the US issues another worldwide travel alert for its citizens, North Korea may open the "world's worst hotel" next spring, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
strike is up in the air
This morning, Canadian government
officials plan to prevent
Air Canada flight attendants from going on strike at 12:01 am on 13
October, by referring the dispute to a federal tribunal, reports Bloomberg. Nervous
travellers flying over the next six days may change their flight dates for
night flights might be banned
too many complaints from residents, a German court okayed a ban on night
flights at Frankfurt Airport, starting
30 October, reports Reuters. The ban would massively disrupt traffic at the
airport, which is opening an additional runway on 21 October to steal traffic
away from its two larger (by passenger volume) rival airports, Paris and
London. Lufthansa, a major operator at the airport, plans to appeal the ruling
to a higher, federal court. "Nighttime" is being defined as between
11 pm and 5 am
global travel alert
The United States issued a worldwide travel
alert for its citizens on Wednesday after accusing Iran of plotting to kill
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. If the plot was real, it may have
been provoked by the Saudis' military
intervention in Bahrain, which may have been against Iranian interests, reports
BBC News. The alert is in effect until early January and follows a previous
alert about potential reprisal attacks from al Qaeda and its partners, after
the killing of a few of the group’s leaders this year. The US State Department
encourages its citizens travelling overseas to sign up for its Smart Traveller Enrollment
Program (STEP) to receive updates on travel and security issues.
may open "world's worst hotel"
It is more than 18 years in the making and has been described by Esquire magazine
as "the world's worst hotel", namely, the Ryu-Gyong Hotel in the
North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The UK's Daily Telegraph reports that the 105-storey
building is designed in the shape of a three-sided pyramid drastically
underfunded by an ancient pharaoh. Apparently Egyptian telecom company Orascom
is helping to fund the conclusion of the project, which is due to open next
spring. We're guessing there's no wi-fi.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout
"A look at the really cool @citymuseum in St Louis http://t.co/hfVnEIyT"
-- @GlobeTrotScott, Scott
Mayerowitz, the New York City-based Associated Press aviation industry reporter
on his trip to St Louis, Missouri’s City Museum, which he describes as "an
ever-evolving art project that is unlike any museum you have ever seen. In
fact, calling it a museum is a bit of a stretch. The converted shoe warehouse
is closer to a mad scientist's workshop than a cultural institution."
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