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an emergency stop in Damascus, the crew of an Air France flight asked its
passengers how much cash they could come up
with. The flight had been re-routed to Syria, and local authorities wouldn’t
let them purchase fuel with a credit card because of the political crisis.
Luckily, it proved unnecessary to pass the hat and the plane made its onward
stranded jet skier jumped
the fence at JFK airport in New York and walked across the runway
undetected, raising concerns about the quality of a $100 million security
system from Raytheon. [CNN]
announced plans to build and develop more than 100 budget hotels across Europe. The nine billion euro retailer will
not require guests to build their own furniture. Disappointingly, the hotels
won’t even have the company’s famous flat-pack furniture. [Financial Times]
things that should happen more often
media is prone to dwelling on the negatives of air travel. But look on the
bright side: airlines' lost
bag and punctuality rates are the best they've been in 20 years, at least
in the US. [USA Today]
when paying top dollar for a hotel room, internet fees can be extortionate.
Here are four ways to avoid paying for hotel wi-fi. [Mashable]
videos and wacky news stories that went viral on the Web this week
geographer at Sheffield University in England designed a world map based on Olympic medal totals. The ranking greatly increased the size of the UK,
but forced Greenland completely off the map. An alternate map based on medals per capita puts Grenada in the lead. [Guardian; Medals Per
the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, can you believe it? Here’s a
slide show of Elvis-themed attractions worth visiting, like
the Heartbreak Hotel and, of course, Graceland. [HuffPostTravel]
on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
pair of Swedish roommates using Airbnb returned from vacation to find their
home had been raided by police after the renters reportedly used it as a brothel. [Gadling]
been seven months since the Costa Concordia crashed, yet tourists are already
queueing to buy tickets for a ferry ride to get photos with the half-submerged
wreck. Some critics question
whether it's too soon for disaster tourism. [Daily Mail]
flight attendant forced a nonverbal, autistic teen to turn off her iPad, the
girl's sole form of communication. Following the incident the internet was in
an uproar, begging the question whether an exception should have been made or
if whether it’s just time to change the policy on pre-flight electronic use.
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