A diverted flight keeps passengers on board for more than eight hours, 25 cruise lines have trips on sale, Richard Branson dedicates the main terminal of his commercial space travel project, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Passengers stuck on tarmac for more than eight hours
Passengers on an Air India flight were stranded on the plane for more
than eight hours at London’s Gatwick Airport. Fog caused the plane to be
diverted, but passengers were not allowed to leave, the BBC reports. Some
passengers took video
footage of the wait.
Twenty five cruise lines put trips on sale
It’s a cruise
sale bonanza this week, Time reports. The
discounts are part of National Cruise Vacation Week, a marketing campaign from
the Cruise Line Industries Association.
“You could probably still get a large group of young, hot women to take
a job that involves free flights all around the world. But those jobs are
no longer open, because airlines stopped firing all the old, fat parents.
Thanks to a combination of feminist shaming, union demands, and
anti-discrimination laws. Moreover, once they no longer fired people over a
certain age, union seniority rules immediately started selecting for older
workers, in two ways: layoffs are usually last hired first fired, and
older people have a lot of sunk costs in terms of pension accrual and
seniority, so they're less likely to leave. If you fly a major airline,
you'll notice very few stewardesses in their twenties.” –The Atlantic editor Megan
McArdle responded to economist Glen Whitman’s post,
approached from an economics perspective, about the apparent decline of flight
Yesterday, business tycoon Richard Branson dedicated
the main terminal of his Virgin Galactic Spaceport America in New Mexico,
Gadling reports. The Virgin Galactic’s Gateway to Space will commence
commercial space travel in 2012 or 2013.
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