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"Pretty pathetic": Air New Zealand slammed for "profiting" off Christchurch tragedy

<p>A New Zealand airline has dropped fares for Christchurch flights after a customer lambasted the skyrocketing ticket prices in the face of recent terror attacks.</p> <p>National carrier Air New Zealand has announced that it will cap one-way domestic fares to and from Christchurch at $139 following backlash from the public and government.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Air NZ has capped one-way domestic fares for flights directly to and from Christchurch at $139 to assist customers needing to travel there to support those affected by the shooting tragedy – <a href="https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE">https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE</a></p> — AirNZMedia (@AirNZMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/AirNZMedia/status/1107044554497130496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Previously, a return trip between Auckland to Christchurch had cost between $747 and $787 following Friday’s terror attacks on two mosques.</p> <p>Activist Guled Mire took to Twitter to criticise the pricing on Saturday. “This is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to Christchurch to be with loved ones and for funerals happening in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances,” Mire wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FlyAirNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FlyAirNZ</a> this is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Christchurch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christchurch</a> to be loved ones and for funerals happens in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances. <a href="https://t.co/NtFD8egEHY">pic.twitter.com/NtFD8egEHY</a></p> — Guled Mire (@GuledMire) <a href="https://twitter.com/GuledMire/status/1106828140121227264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The airline replied that the fares were increased because of the limited availability, even after they had added additional capacity.</p> <p>Finance Minister Grant Robertson, the shareholding minister for Air NZ, also reprimanded the airline. The NZ government owns 52 per cent of the carrier.</p> <p>“I have just made contact with Air New Zealand and made my views clear,” Robertson wrote on Twitter. “I know they do offer compassionate fares at times and this would have to be one of them.”</p> <p>In a statement published on Sunday, Air NZ said they have offered free flights to immediate family members of the deceased as well as compassionate fares “to other affected friends and family with close to 100 bookings made so far, including a number of group bookings.”</p> <p>The airline will also pay retroactive refunds for domestic bookings made after 3 pm on Friday to reflect the $139 cap.</p> <p>On Friday, Christchurch saw mass shootings at two mosques. At least 50 people were killed, and 50 others were wounded, with the victims hailing from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Egypt. So far, the only perpetrator found to be linked to the terror attacks is 28-year-old Australian man Brenton Tarrant.</p>

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Mother forgets baby at airport – plane forced to turn around mid-flight

<p>A bizarre incident where her mother left her baby behind at the airport happened in Saudia Arabia last week, <a href="https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/flight-emergency-i-forgot-my-baby-at-the-airport-1.1552291090943"><em>Gulf News</em></a> reported.</p> <p>The flight was forced to turn around mid-flight once the mother realised that her baby was left behind in the boarding area of the terminal.</p> <p>A video has since gone viral, where the pilot is requesting permission to head back to the airport. The Air Traffic Control operators are caught by surprise and were trying to figure out the protocol for the incident.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="413" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U3t8NYYWMKY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to an air traffic controller.</p> <p>“This flight is requesting to come back … a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing," one of the air controllers says.</p> <p>The pilot is then asked to clarify the issue, to which he quickly replies:</p> <p>"We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight."</p> <p>The air controllers realise that the best decision is to let the plane turn back so the mother can retrieve her child.</p> <p>“OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”</p> <p>The mother and child were reunited at the airport, according to <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/12/flight-malaysia-forced-turn-around-mother-leaves-baby-airport/">The Telegraph UK</a> although it's unknown why the child was left behind in the first place.</p> <p>Have you heard of this happening before? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Japan’s unusual solution to fix its commuter chaos

<p>With a population of 128.6 million people, that’s a lot of people who need to get to work and other places on time – and probably take public transport to do so.</p> <p>Over the years, tourists and expats have spoken out about the craziness that comes with a Japanese commute.</p> <p>Amateur photographer Marco Patella captured the shocking footage below of a normal Monday morning commute in Japan.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmarcopatellaphotography%2Fvideos%2F356772995084867%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>He told <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/articles/worlds-worst-commute-japan/"><em>Telegraph UK</em></a><em>: </em></p> <p>"It sounds like a joke, but most of the time there is literally no personal space, to the point that I cannot even use my mobile. My strategy is to wait [for] the next train, so that when the doors open the flow behind me pushes me in.</p> <p>“Sometimes you really get hurt, people just avoid the eye contact and keep pushing until they fit into the wagon. There are even part-time workers – usually students – hired for pushing people into the car during the rush hour."</p> <p>Japan has known that this is a problem for a while, and with the population continuing to grow, it’s only an issue that is going to get worse.</p> <p>What’s their solution so far? Free noodles.</p> <p>Tokyo Metro is offering commuters a coupon to receive a free bowl of noodles for anyone who travels slightly earlier or on a later train to avoid congestion. A spokesman for Tokyo Metro told the <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/20/tokyo-offers-free-noodles-commuters-avoid-rush-hour-trains/">UK’s <em>Daily Telegraph</em></a>:</p> <p>“We hope the campaign will contribute to reducing congestion during peak hours as more people take trains at different times.”</p> <p>Tokyo Metro has said it will only launch the scheme if more than 2,000 commuters sign up. If more than 3,000 do so, tempura will be added to the coupon menu.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they get their public transport problems solved before the 2020 Olympics, which is set to bring in an extra 650,000 people.</p> <p>Have you ever been to Japan and experience this on their trains? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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How tourists are turning this famous Paris street into "hell"

<p>Residents of a famous Parisian street have asked the city to limit visitor access, as tourists and Instagrammers continue to flood the area to take pictures.</p> <p>Filled with colourful houses, cobblestones and terracotta pots, Rue Crémieux has become one of Europe’s most popular photo spots, with over 31,000 pictures on Instagram to include the hashtag #ruecremieux.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4Bnionhhx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4Bnionhhx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Holly Eves (@hollyeves)</a> on Mar 11, 2019 at 9:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, residents of the street have become increasingly fed up with the influx of influencers, photographers, video makers and people looking to take snaps around their houses. Last week, the residents’ association finally demanded the city of Paris to close the street to visitors on evenings and weekends due to privacy concerns.</p> <p>A Rue Crémieux local named Antoine told radio station France Info that the street’s overwhelming popularity has made life more difficult for residents.</p> <p>“It became hell,” she said, claiming that she can find “200 people under our windows” on weekends.</p> <p>“We sit down to eat and just outside we have people taking photos – rappers who take two hours to film a video right beneath the window, or bachelorette parties who scream for an hour. Frankly, it’s exhausting.”</p> <p>An account named @clubcremieux has emerged on Twitter and Instagram to reveal visitors’ antics on the street, including pre-wedding shoots, group dances and acrobatic poses.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTgj4Ofg4Uc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTgj4Ofg4Uc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Marinières et ballons en forme de cœur : un enterrement de vie de jeune fille original #evjf #ruecremieux #shitpeopledoruecremieux #allezonprendunephotooùonsautetoutesenmemetemps</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clubcremieux/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Club Crémieux</a> (@clubcremieux) on Apr 30, 2017 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The residents said the average tourist is generally respectful, but the interloping on the evenings and weekends makes it necessary to install gates or other measures to keep visitors out.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/03/rue-cremieux-paris-instagram-tourists-where-to-take-pictures/584164/" target="_blank">Citylab</a>, Rue Crémieux is not the only area in Paris which has attempted this move, as other small carless streets have resorted to getting barriers similar to this.</p> <p>Over-tourism has become a <a rel="noopener" href="http://theconversation.com/overtourism-a-growing-global-problem-100029" target="_blank">top concern</a> in many popular destinations across the world. While the newfound fame brought by social media can help promote tourism and boost local economies, it also creates problems for the government and residents involved, such as food shortages in Cuba, <a rel="noopener" href="https://guidetoiceland.is/history-culture/7-reasons-icelanders-hate-tourism-in-iceland" target="_blank">vandalism and hygiene issues</a> in Iceland, or <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/places-struggling-too-popular-instagram-2017-8?r=US&amp;IR=T#/" target="_blank">environmental damage</a> in Thailand’s Maya Bay and New Zealand. </p> <p>Have you visited this famous street in Paris? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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5 places that have been ruined by tourism

<p>Tourism is both a blessing and a curse.</p> <p>While a healthy amount can boost the economy, too much of it can be harmful to the environment and uproot local populations.</p> <p>Before you book your next trip, consider how your wanderlust is affecting some of the most beautiful places in the world.</p> <p><strong>1. Caño Cristales, Colombia</strong></p> <p>With “the river of five colours,” also known as “the melted rainbow,” waters that are a hallucinogenic concoction of pink, red, green, and blue colours (a result of the unique micro-organisms living in it) and its jaw-dropping waterfalls, Caño Cristales is now overwhelmingly popular.</p> <p>And, it’s only become more so after a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/americas/colombia-farc-accord-juan-manuel-santos.html">2016 peace agreement</a> was signed between the government of Colombia and the country’s largest rebel group.</p> <p>The uptick in foot traffic is cause for concern, as it could jeopardise the area’s extremely fragile ecosystem. In 2017, access was restricted to give the river a break.</p> <p>“We decided to implement the restriction because human presence can harm the plants’ reproduction processes,” Faber Ramos, coordinator of the ecotourism program, told the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-43700833">BBC</a>.</p> <p><strong>2. Venice, Italy</strong></p> <p>Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, the main allure of Venice is its famed canals, while the abundance of delicious food and wine, the culture, and the ornate architecture add to its allure.</p> <p>But over-tourism has chipped away at the city’s vitality.</p> <p>Cruise ships and group bus tours have made infamous sights like St. Marks Square a blur of people and the streets are lined with litter; between the hoards of humans and the rising sea levels, Venice is sinking rapidly and the stonework and carvings on its historic buildings are crumbling.</p> <p>Venetians are finally fighting back, however: Beginning summer of 2019, short stay tourists will be charged up to €10 (about $11.50) to enter the city. </p> <p>Nothing's worse than that sinking feeling you get when you head off on your adventure and remember you left something important at home.</p> <p><strong>3. Antarctica</strong></p> <p>The entire continent of Antarctica is in trouble, between global climate change and the mass infiltration of tourists via cruise ships.</p> <p>The boat traffic, from Chile and Argentina down to the Antarctic Peninsula, has greatly increased water pollution, threatening the lives of unique species. </p> <p><a href="https://www.ats.aq/e/ats.htm">The Antarctic Treaty</a> has sought to stop such environmental devastation, limiting the number of people allowed on shore to 100 at a time, while ships carrying more than 500 passengers are not allowed at any of the landing sites.</p> <p>Sailing to Antarctica, cruising the Galapagos Islands and travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway are the top three trips every traveller must take in their lifetime, according to US-based <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/aussie-travel-destinations-make-top-50-travel-bucket-list">Flight Network’s World’s Best Once-In-A-Lifetime Journeys 2018 list</a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Pig Beach, The Bahamas</strong></p> <p>The only inhabitants of Big Major Cay are wild pigs, known most famously for swimming in the sea, a phenomenon that draws tourists to the island off Exuma for an encounter and photo opp.</p> <p>In 2017, a wave of pig deaths struck Pig Beach.</p> <p>While a combination of factors likely lead to their death, reports <a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/swimming-pigs-bahamas-death/">National Geographic</a>, the government banned visitors from feeding the creatures.</p> <p><strong>5. The Isle of Skye, Scotland</strong></p> <p>One of the most picturesque places in the United Kingdom, The Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, quaint fishing villages, and medieval castles.</p> <p>Crossing the Skye Bridge to the island from Scotland’s northwest coast is a test of patience these days, with hoards of people packed in caravans, motorhomes, and cars, often in stand-still traffic.</p> <p>Visitors without prior booking accommodations have found themselves in a pickle. </p> <p><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40874488">According to authorities</a>, tourists often arrive at the police station with nowhere to stay asking for advice.</p> <p>Many end up staying the night in their car.</p> <p>Local authorities have taken note, advising visitors to use “common sense” before travelling to the island for an overnight stay.</p> <p>Have you stayed at any of these places? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Alexa Erickson. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/15-places-have-been-ruined-tourism">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Two fatal crashes in six months: The 40 airlines STILL flying the new Boeing 737 MAX

<p>Tragedy has struck after a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed six minutes after takeoff, leaving no survivors. Mourners have gathered to remember the 157 victims, which included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, and seven British nationals.</p> <p>Occurring only a few short months after the devastating Lion Air crash in October - which also killed all 189 people on board – questions have been raised over the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX model, which is the plane that was involved in both incidents.</p> <p>Minutes into the journey, the experienced pilot of the Ethiopian flight claimed to be facing difficulties and was given clearance to turn the plane around, but unfortunately, was too late as the plane went plummeting south.</p> <p>When the Boeing 737 MAX was introduced in 2017, it was considered to be a pioneer in narrow-body airliners. It was commended for its advanced aerodynamics and fuel-efficient engines.</p> <p>The brand new addition to the Boeing series became the quickest selling plane in the model's history, with a total of 219,737 MAX aircrafts being ordered since its release.</p> <p>But the success was short-lived, as the crash of Lion Air Flight JT610 in October raised alarm bells over the safety of the jet.</p> <p>Killing all 189 people on board, the disaster was the first time a 737 MAX was involved in a major incident.</p> <p>In November, Boeing issued a safety bulletin for airlines currently operating its 737 MAX airliner. It revealed a terrifying reality, where the plane’s sensors can cause the aircraft to enter into a sudden dive, reported <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-07/boeing-is-said-close-to-issuing-safety-bulletin-on-737-max-jets" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>.</p> <p>“On November 6, 2018, Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor,” read the company’s statement.</p> <p>But despite the cautionary tale, there are still 40 airlines using the Boeing 737 MAX to transport passengers from point A to point B.</p> <p><strong>Here are the 40 airlines that fly the Boeing 737 MAX:</strong></p> <p>1. Norwegian Air</p> <p>2. Air China</p> <p>3. SpiceJet</p> <p>4. Southwest Airlines</p> <p>5. Icelandair</p> <p>6. FlyDubai</p> <p>7. Air Italy</p> <p>8. TUI</p> <p>9. LOT Polish Airlines</p> <p>10. AeroMexico</p> <p>11. Oman Air</p> <p>12. SmartWings</p> <p>13. Aerolineas Argentinas</p> <p>14. Lion Air</p> <p>15. Corendon Airlines</p> <p>16. China Southern</p> <p>17. Ethiopian Airlines</p> <p>18. Air Canada</p> <p>19. Garuda Indonesia</p> <p>20. United Airlines</p> <p>21. American Airlines</p> <p>22. Xiamen Airlines</p> <p>23. WestJet</p> <p>24. Turkish Airlines</p> <p>25. SCAT Airlines</p> <p>26. China Eastern</p> <p>27. Shanghai Airlines</p> <p>28. Shenzhen Airlines</p> <p>29. Jet Airways</p> <p>30. OK Airways</p> <p>31. GOL</p> <p>32. SilkAir</p> <p>33. S7 Siberia Airlines</p> <p>34. Copa Airlines</p> <p>35. Lucky Air</p> <p>36. Sunwing Airlines</p> <p>37. Hainan Airlines</p> <p>38. Mauritania Airlines International</p> <p>39. Shandong Airlines</p> <p>40. 9 Air</p> <p>Will you be flying with any of these airlines in the future? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Cruise passengers watch dramatic rescue after plane crashes in sea

<p>A Princess Cruises’ ship,<em> Regal Princess</em>, has been commended for their heroic efforts after rescuing a pilot and a passenger from the Caribbean Sea.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/princess-cruises-regal-princess-rescues-two-people-from-plane-crash-near-grand-turk-11105539" target="_blank"><em>Miami New Times</em></a> and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/8573248/cruise-ship-rescues-two-people-from-sea-after-their-plane-crashed-as-stunned-passengers-watch-on/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the two landed in the water after their plane crashed, prompting the US Coast Guard in Miami to send an aircraft to the site and get in touch with the ship’s captain for help.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 372.9792147806005px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7824527/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7bec3ae53fea407da0bffb131e4ca7ae" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign">@TEEnsign</a></em></p> <p>Fortunately, the <em>Regal Princess</em> was voyaging through the area at the time as it was making its way to St Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands.</p> <p>In a video posted to Twitter, passengers can be seen watching on as a rescue operation was underway.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">2 people rescued by our Princess cruise staff after small aircraft went down in the Atlantic. All appear okay. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThankGod?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThankGod</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AP</a> <a href="https://t.co/DysBoSUzAC">pic.twitter.com/DysBoSUzAC</a></p> — Taylor Ensign (@TEEnsign) <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign/status/1102988978859491333?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Many cheered and burst into a round of applause once they successfully picked up the two people struggling in the water with the help of a smaller boat.</p> <p>Once the boat reached the ship, the person behind the camera asked, “Did they get them?” before an eruption of cheers.</p> <p>“That’s amazing,” he said, as he watched the rescue take place.</p> <p>Passenger Taylor Ensign, who also filmed the incident, tweeted: “Just heard the captain say both people are doing well. We are back on our original course.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/USCG?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USCG</a> called on our Regal Princess crew to assist with the rescue. We're happy to report both people are now safely onboard as the ship continues to St Thomas! <a href="https://t.co/MbLe9LKvPp">https://t.co/MbLe9LKvPp</a> <a href="https://t.co/CyzAtvjIoc">pic.twitter.com/CyzAtvjIoc</a></p> — Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) <a href="https://twitter.com/PrincessCruises/status/1103078576662835201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Princess Cruises issued a statement via their Twitter account.</p> <p>“A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the @USCG called on our <em>Regal Princess</em> crew to assist with the rescue,” said the company.</p> <p>“We’re happy to report both people are now safely on-board as the ship continues to St Thomas!”</p> <p>“From the moment Captain Stringer made the ‘Man Overboard’ announcement to the time the 2 individuals were brought to medical on our ship, the Regal crew and staff were amazing,” said Mr Ensign.</p> <p>“The bridge was very communicative about what was happening the entire time. Unbelievable all around.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">From the moment Captain Stringer made the ‘Man Overboard’ announcement to the time the 2 individuals were brought to medical on our ship, the Regal crew and staff were amazing. The bridge was very communicative about what was happening the entire time. Unbelievable all around.</p> — Taylor Ensign (@TEEnsign) <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign/status/1103118638528245760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">6 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Another person tweeted saying: “Well done to Captain Stringer &amp; his team on-board Regal @PrincessCruises for going to the rescue of two passengers of a small aircraft that ditched in the sea. Amazing work.”</p> <p>The cruise has now recommenced its original journey and is due to return to Port Everglades on March 10.</p>

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Stranded couple reveal “nightmare” moment their cruise ship ditched them

<p>Newlyweds Maria Gonzalez Roesch and Alessandro Di Palma didn’t think for one moment that their honeymoon would become a headline around the world, but that was before they were spotted running after their Royal Caribbean ship which left without them – and their passport and bank cards.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8561251/honeymoon-couple-royal-caribbean-cruise-passports/" target="_blank">T</a><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8561251/honeymoon-couple-royal-caribbean-cruise-passports/" target="_blank">he Sun</a></em>, actress Maria described the moment the couple realised that they were left stranded after hearing the ship's horn blast as it sailed away.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHMn58ls9S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHMn58ls9S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by María González Roesch (@mariagonzalezroesch)</a> on Feb 20, 2019 at 9:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There was a platform with two crew members, and they were mad with us,” said 26-year-old Maria who is originally from Costa Rica.</p> <p>“We started yelling to them, ‘Please, please let us on, the cruise is still here.’</p> <p>“But the guys said, ‘You are not going to be so lucky and we are closing the doors and leaving’.</p> <p>“Alessandro was in shock because it was his nightmare and it actually happened.</p> <p>“He was so frustrated he wanted to jump to the ship. But (the drop) was so big and dangerous.”</p> <p>Holding punctuality as a top-most priority, Maria revealed that she has never missed a train, plane or boat before, but due to the relaxing nature of their honeymoon, the pair had let their guard down.</p> <p>The ship was expected to sail at 5:30pm, but in a turn of events, left two hours earlier from the Bahamas.</p> <p>The couple reached the port a few minutes before the ship was ready to depart but didn’t realise that it was leaving so soon.</p> <p>“We thought we were on time,” said Maria. “We were there 4:10 pm or 4:15 pm and we heard the call from the ship – but there were so many cruises we thought it was another ship.</p> <p>“Then we heard the horn. When we arrived to the pier we were in shock.”</p> <p>To their horror, the vessel was getting ready to leave and they watched on as the gangway was removed.</p> <p>“I think the worst feeling was to see that the boat was still there and knowing we can go inside and see the boat leave without you,” said Maria.</p> <p>“I think I would have preferred to have been at the pier and the boat had already gone.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs9MRXclFlR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs9MRXclFlR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by María González Roesch (@mariagonzalezroesch)</a> on Jan 22, 2019 at 3:58pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And as if the situation wasn’t stressful enough, Maria and her husband discovered that they had left their passports and other valuable possessions on board, meaning they were stranded on the island with nowhere to go.</p> <p>Thankfully, the crew managed to return the items, including all travel documents and bank cards to the newlyweds.</p> <p>Once they reached the immigration office, they learned that they were among six other people who had missed the boat.</p> <p>“There were two other couples. One (couple) were very, very angry so we didn’t keep in touch but the other two were nice,” said Maria.</p> <p>“They were a young couple from California.”</p> <p>Upon returning home, Maria and Alessandro believed that the entire ordeal was over, but in the age of the internet, footage of the two running after the ship had gone viral.</p> <p>But despite the stressful incident, the two still saw the humorous side of it all.</p> <p>“Of course, it would be better if it didn’t happen. But it could have a positive flip-side,” said Maria.</p> <p>“Now I can say it was a funny experience and we have a good story to (tell) our kids …”</p> <p>Have you ever missed boarding a plane, train or cruise ship on your travels? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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"The most terrified I’ve ever been in my life": Passengers hurt as cruise ship tilts 45 degrees

<p>The Norwegian Cruise Liner which tilted on a “45-degree angle,” on Sunday night, according to one cruiser, is blaming the incident on a strong, sudden gust of wind.</p> <p>The Norwegian Escape began slanting over at roughly midnight, shocking passengers who were enjoying their trip in the piano bar.</p> <p>“Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side,” the cruise line wrote in a Twitter post.</p> <p>“Several injuries were reported, and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff,” the statement continued.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjunmar.beltrano%2Fposts%2F10213907759358579&amp;width=500" width="500" height="681" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The ship, which is capable of carrying over 6,000 people, says it was pushed suddenly by a gust of wind about 185km – a burst similar to that of a wind from a Category 3 hurricane.</p> <p>The cruise line said the ship sustained no damage during the incident.</p> <p>Not only passengers of the vessel were injured, crew members were also wounded, but the exact amount has not been disclosed.</p> <p>American publication <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wesh.com/article/cruise-ship-headed-to-port-canaveral-after-sudden-extreme-gust-of-wind/26650652" target="_blank">WESH</a> reports around a dozen ambulances were at a Port Canaveral, Florida port on Tuesday morning when the ship arrived back to shore.</p> <p>Aaron Black, one of the cruisers onboard, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/us/norwegian-cruise-line-ship-passengers-hurt/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> he was at the piano bar on Sunday night when the ship started to slope. Tables, chairs and even passengers slid across the room, as other terrified passengers watched.</p> <p>In a video Black recorded, screams, shattering glass and items sliding and being thrown by the wind can be heard.</p> <p>“I remember thinking about how calm it was for sailing out of New York in March and suddenly we got hit by a large gust of wind and the whole ship kind of just tilted to the side for about 30 seconds,” he said in a video he recorded from aboard the ship Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>“Suddenly everything around me was starting to move.</p> <p>"I was used to some movement, but it was a very surreal escalation to, 'Oh this is normal' to, 'This is very unusual and probably shouldn't be happening,'” he said, explaining he had been on many cruise ships before.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Honestly, <a href="https://twitter.com/CruiseNorwegian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CruiseNorwegian</a>, the gust of wind that threw all of the shattered glass all over my bed and floor is all on mother nature, but where my pro-rated premium plus discount for all the bottled water I was going to drink tonight? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/norwegianescape?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#norwegianescape</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nclescape?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nclescape</a></p> — AJ Black (@aaronjosef) <a href="https://twitter.com/aaronjosef/status/1102445860074516480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Passengers on the Escape shared their terrifying experience onboard the vessel Sunday night, reporting damage to interior cabin and common areas of the ship.</p> <p>“The scariest s---t just happened on this cruise. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship,” one passenger wrote.</p> <p>“Everything in our room falling and sliding ...I have never been so scared in my whole life,” Samantha, another cruiser wrote in a Facebook post.</p> <p>“All the plates and glassware smashed on the floor. A lotto machine fell on a lady. Blood everywhere.</p> <p>“Hands down the most terrified I’ve ever been in my life. Can’t wait to hit solid ground...”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10213908155728488%26set%3Da.2411388614568%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Photos from inside the ship also show glass and debris on the ground, as well as passengers running away from the indoor pool area, which showed tilted water.</p> <p>“There’s no exaggeration on statements and pictures posted online. Ship was like at 45 degrees angle … freaked out everyone … but they said it was normal lol,” claimed a separate passenger.</p> <p>The ship is due to stick to its schedule on its next voyage on Tuesday for the Bahamas, the cruise line reports. </p> <p>Have you ever been on a cruise during rough conditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p> <div class="body_assets"></div> <div class="details"><span class="detail_tools"><span> </span>just now<span class="who_watched"><span class="people_count_container"><span class="people_count current">2</span></span></span><a class="likebtn"><span class="post_like_button icon icon-dapulse-thumb"></span></a></span></div> <div></div>

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Cabin crew hospitalised after “mystery odour” on flight

<p>Five airline crew have been hospitalised as a precaution due to noticing a mysterious odour whilst departing from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.</p> <p>After the plane landed in Florida at around 11am PST, American Airlines confirmed to Fox News about the incident.</p> <p>“Shortly before landing, crew members complained of an odour on board,” a spokeswoman for the carrier told <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/travel/american-airlines-staffers-florida-airport-odor">Fox News</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Breaking: Five passengers transported to Broward health after reporting feeling sick on a plane at <a href="https://twitter.com/FLLFlyer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FLLFlyer</a>. No word on the cause. <a href="https://twitter.com/WPLGLocal10?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WPLGLocal10</a> <a href="https://t.co/lumRGSdjYb">pic.twitter.com/lumRGSdjYb</a></p> — Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanMargolWPLG/status/1083414718818250752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“The aircraft, an Airbus 320 with 137 passengers and a crew of five, landed safely and taxied to the gate. Two pilots and three flight attendants asked to be taken to the hospital as a precaution.</p> <p>“No passengers requested medical attention. The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team.”</p> <p>No word has been received as to whether or not the crew members are in good health.</p> <p>According to a witness, they wouldn’t let anyone else board the plane.</p> <p>"I heard one of the security guys walk by, and he's like, 'I need four wheelchairs. We need one ASAP," passenger Andrew O'Donnell told ABC 10, according to <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1070769/florida-flights-american-airlines-plane-pilot-cabin-crew-sick">express.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>"They just sort of wheeled everybody off and they said they smelled an odour on the plane.</p> <p>“And when that happened, they said that they obviously weren't going to let anybody else on."</p> <p>Have you ever noticed anything unusual on one of your flights? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Why this travel photo is causing outrage

<p>A travel blogging couple have been heavily criticised for their dangerous stunt in order to get the “perfect” Instagram photo.</p> <p>Portuguese duo Raquel and Miguel posted a photo to the social media site, showing the pair dangling out of a moving train in Sri Lanka – but their 200,000 followers have slammed the act as “irresponsible”.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2019/03/01/couple-criticized-for-hanging-out-of-a-train-to-take-an-instagram-photo/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the couple snapped the chilling image while travelling on a train through the small town of Ella.</p> <p>Miguel is seen kissing Raquel’s forehead as she hangs out of the train, holding onto the carriage railings for support.</p> <p>In a second photo, Raquel is photographed holding onto the train with just one hand, with the other holding onto her boyfriend as he snaps the image.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEqe3lg4ZB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEqe3lg4ZB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by RAQUEL &amp; MIGUEL (@explorerssaurus_)</a> on Feb 19, 2019 at 10:08am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After widespread criticism, the couple responded by saying the train was “moving super slow” and that they “respect everyone’s opinions, but it’s not risky".</p> <p>But despite their claims, one minor slip could have proven to be fatal for Raquel.</p> <p>The photo – which has accumulated close to 43,000 likes – has users from around the world slamming the duo’s dangerous stunt.</p> <p>One comment said: “You’d risk your life just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on social media? Or do you do this because this gives you ‘the rush?’ How is this sensible?”</p> <p>Another said: “Insanely stupid stunt. You two will end up dead if you keep this clout chasing up.”</p> <p>“This will inspire more emulators to do this. Dangerous. Irresponsible and all in the name of vanity,” said a user.</p> <p>A few even took a dig at Miguel for putting his girlfriend in harm's way while he stood inside the train.</p> <p>However, Raquel responded to the attack by saying: “The guy didn’t put me in danger, I’m pretty independent, and I do what I feel comfortable with.”</p> <p>The bloggers later said: “The train was almost not moving.”</p> <p>Last year, 259 people around the world died trying to take the perfect selfie according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.</p> <p>Do you this this travel photo is dangerous? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Qantas flight forced to divert after mid-air emergency

<p>A Qantas flight from Adelaide to Canberra was forced to divert to Melbourne following a mid-air emergency.</p> <p>Passengers on the QF706 flight on Tuesday morning said the plane was at a cruising altitude when a loud bang was heard. Soon the oxygen masks were deployed from the ceiling and the alert message was played.</p> <p>“It was a little bit surreal,” passenger Bodie Thorpe told the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-05/adelaide-to-canberra-flight-makes-emergency-diversion/10870888" target="_blank">ABC</a></em>.</p> <p>“There was no sort of word as to what the problem was at the time, there was just a pre-recorded message on a loop that lasted for a couple of minutes after the masks dropped.”</p> <p>Another passenger, Vikki Denny said the experience was “disconcerting”.</p> <p>“They didn’t explain anything as far [as] what was occurring — they said this was an emergency procedure and there was a consistent alert going over the intercom,” said Denny.</p> <p>“The whole time we were on descent the emergency intercom was going to remain seated, keep oxygen on, this was an emergency.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">QF706 to Canberra this morning lost cabin pressure so we put the oxygen masks to good use while diverting to Melbourne. Kudos to the professionalism of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Qantas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Qantas</a> crew with the safety and wellbeing of passengers clearly the priority. Not how I expect my morning to go though. <a href="https://t.co/swokDvDXPg">pic.twitter.com/swokDvDXPg</a></p> — Greg Denehy (@gregdenehy) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregdenehy/status/1102705556194639874?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Qantas <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QF706?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QF706</a> from Adelaide to Canberra (Boeing 737 VH-VXL) has diverted to Melbourne a short time ago due to cabin depressurisation. <a href="https://t.co/NULMDEpYun">pic.twitter.com/NULMDEpYun</a></p> — Brendan Grainger (@Highflyermel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Highflyermel/status/1102686253781139456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Thorpe said the passengers on the cabin remained collected throughout the incident. </p> <p>“It was very organised and calm on board, no one seemed to be too afraid … it was very quiet and eerie for a while.”</p> <p>The plane landed safely in Melbourne on Tuesday just after 8 am following the cabin “pressurisation issues”.</p> <p>Qantas said all the passengers left the aircraft normally and will be transferred to other flights.</p> <p>“Our pilots and cabin crew handled the incident in line with standard operating procedures,” said Alex Passerini, chief technical pilot captain at Qantas.  </p> <p>“We would like to thank our customers who followed the crew instructions and remained calm during the diversion.</p> <p>“The aircraft is currently being examined by engineers in Melbourne to determine the fault.”</p> <p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said it is considering a formal investigation into the incident. </p> <p>“The ATSB can confirm it has been notified of an occurrence this morning where a Boeing 737 on a flight from Adelaide to Canberra diverted to Melbourne due to reported pressurisation issues,” the ATSB said in a statement.</p> <p>“The ATSB will gather information into the occurrence before making a decision on whether or not to formally investigate.”</p>

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Top 5: The most ridiculous travel accessories you’ve ever seen

<p>Travelling to another destination can be exciting, but it’s only exciting once you get there. The actual ‘travelling’ part can be a part of the journey. But with many companies are aware that travelling is frustrating, they’ve come up with a few ideas to help.</p> <p>However, there are some items are definitely more of a hindrance than a help.</p> <p><strong>1. Humidiflyer</strong></p> <p>This mask aims to ease the feeling of jetlag by offering filtered air through a mask. The website claims that jetlag is caused by breathing dry air over and over again until you’re sick. The Humidiflyer traps the moisture from your breath and is used again to put moisture into the dry air within the plane. Only issue is they look like this.<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLGCgoyAVLY/"></a></p> <p><strong>2. B-Tourist strip</strong></p> <p>This elastic strip of fabric is able to stretch between two plane seat headrests and allows the user not to be disturbed. The <a href="https://www.designboom.com/design/idan-noyberg-gal-bulka-flight-comfort-b-tourist-strip-05-12-2014/">strip</a> is designed to “offer one their own private space to quietly eat, read a book, watch a movie and to sleep without being disturbed”. Doesn’t look too good though, does it?</p> <p><strong>3. The Ostrich Pillow</strong></p> <p>This pillow aims to allow the user to sleep anytime, anywhere. You’re able to use it when you want to sleep at your desk or whilst you’re travelling. It doesn’t look the most comfortable, though that doesn’t seem to stop users from buying it.<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHNCr4jYsx/"></a></p> <p><strong>4. Jaktogo Wearable Luggage</strong></p> <p>People who are sick and tired of carrying luggage around can now wear it, thanks to Jaktogo wearable luggage. Despite the claims that the ponchos and other accessories are fashionable, there are no reviews to back this up.<a href="http://www.jaktogo.com/Products/view/id/Dresstogo"></a></p> <p><strong>5. ModoBag</strong></p> <p>Touting itself as the world’s first rideable luggage, this is definitely a travel accessory you don’t need. Thank goodness it comes with brakes, custom wheels and an easy setup to ensure no one gets run over. There are also foot pedals and a cushioned seat so that you’re comfortable whilst riding around the airport on your luggage.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see these ridiculous travel solutions.</p> <p>Would you use any of these travel accessories? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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MH370 widow Danica Weeks' fight to find answers for missing husband

<p>Danica Weeks will spend the fifth anniversary of her Kiwi husband’s disappearance, with their two young sons, Jack and Lincoln, still in the dark about what exactly happened in 2014.</p> <p>It’s been five years – and answers are still left unanswered regarding the whereabouts of the 239 passengers and crew who went missing on Malaysian Airlines' MH370 flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8, 2014.</p> <p>On the flight was the husband of Danica, 38-year-old Kiwi man Paul Weeks, heading to work at a Mongolian mine site.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824271/danika-weeks-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6d15b6540bb94c938b040c34d921a1d6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Paul Week went missing five years ago on the MH370. Image: Channel Nine <em>60 Minutes</em> </p> <p>Last night on Channel 9’s <em>60 Minutes</em>, Danica told Sarah Abo she would push for investigators to not stop trying to figure out “why” the plane went down.</p> <p>“This isn’t just about 239 people on a Boeing 777, this is about eight million people every day that get on a flight: wives, husbands, family members that get on a plane,” she explained.</p> <p>Despite an international search effort costing an overwhelming $200 million, $60 million of which has been given by the Australian government – only a few small pieces of debris from the MH370 has been found.</p> <p>These small pieces are what was discovered after washing ashore in the Western Indian Ocean.</p> <p>Danika’s determination to find answers led her all the way to the door of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in efforts to reopen the search for the missing plane.</p> <p>The episode featuring the Prime Minister is the first time he has ever spoken to a relative of one of the missing 239 before.</p> <p>During the interview, Dr Mahathir vowed to continue the search for the missing MH370.</p> <p>“We intend to continue,” he told the program. “And nowadays, with electronic detection, it may be possible for us to find where the plane had come down.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824272/danike-weeks-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0221e2a79dd8442da50b344a052ebe54" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Danica Weeks meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad to plea for the MH370 case to be reopened. Image: Channel Nine <em>60 Minutes</em> </p> <p>Cameras took viewers behind the scenes to a “secret vault” which held the only known debris form the plane.</p> <p>Ms Weeks, who moved from Perth to Cooroy on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has her own theories for what she thinks might have happened on the flight.</p> <p>"I've always believed the fault was with the plane, which is why I put a court case out against Boeing in the US — to prove that the Boeing 777s that are still flying are safe," she told <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-12/mh370-grief-stricken-wife-legal-action-against-boeing-crash/9324838">ABC</a> last year.</p> <p>Her belief then, was that the fault did not lie in the pilot’s hands like many theories assume.</p> <p>The speculation that has grown around Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah downing his own plane and committing mass murder has neither been confirmed nor denied by Malaysian investigators.</p> <p>Crisis manager, Fuad Sharuji, told <em>60 Minutes</em>, he like many others also does not believe the pilot could have committed such a senseless crime.</p> <p>“His final words (were), ‘Goodnight MH370’. His voice was relatively calm. There was no signs of anxiety at all. There was nothing abnormal with his last words,” he told Abo when asked if there was anything peculiar about the captain’s last words.</p> <p>“For a person to actually take the lives of 289 passengers and crew on board, including his own life, must be a completely deranged person.</p> <p>“Madman, crazy. None of that is the character of Captain Zaharie.”</p> <p>Sharuji reveals the night the MH370 lost contact, everything went wrong.</p> <p>“It was on the morning of 8th of March at 2.30 in the morning when I received the first phone call that we have lost contact with MH370,” he told the program.</p> <p>“And I knew that there was something wrong, seriously wrong. So, we immediately activated our code red.”</p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="/media/7824273/danika-weeks1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/003201d0ff2d489f89ae6b218b723f6f" /></p> <p>Danica Weeks with her two sons, Jack, (left) and Lincoln (right). Image: Channel Nine 6<em>0 Minutes</em> </p> <p>Danica has no plans to hold a memorial service for her missing husband, she told the ABC last year.</p> <p>“I think I would be kidding myself if I had one,” she explained.</p> <p>We are still without a death certificate — I don't want one — I want him to be found.</p> <p>“I am dealing with the emotion and the physical reality he is not here — it is really tough,” she said.</p> <p>“It doesn't get easier, it actually gets worse — we are getting tired, we want the answers, we have been through so many searches, such hope with no fruition, it weights down on me.</p> <p>“I'm lucky Paul gifted me with two beautiful boys — that keeps me going.”</p> <p> </p>

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Scary new travel theft trend: Why locking your suitcase with padlocks is pointless

<p>Locking suitcases may not be enough to keep them from being broken into, thanks to an increasingly popular technology.</p> <p>UK consumer group <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/02/master-key-to-luggage-locks-leaked-thieves-can-open-your-suitcase-with-a-3d-printed-key/" target="_blank">Which?</a> found that keys printed on a 3D printer could “potentially open the luggage locks of almost any bag in the world”.</p> <p>Many suitcases have TSA-approved locks, giving officers from the US Transportation Security Administration the ability to access them if needed. These locks, which have seven different varieties, are used by more than 500 different luggage and padlock brands globally.</p> <p>However, in 2014, the TSA's seven master keys were leaked in a <em>Washington Post</em> article, leading them to be replicated around the world and the templates posted on the Internet.</p> <p>The consumer group's investigation found that after four years, bags are still sold with the same TSA locks and the same key templates still work.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7824125/lock1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4fdf36317f0d4294a9adcd6db64df049" /></p> <p>The group found that a set of keys printed using a £200 (AU$369) 3D printer could open suitcases from a variety of brand, including Samsonite, Antler and American Tourister. The templates could also be used to order the keys in stainless steel from an online 3D printing service, which is available to anyone.</p> <p>Travel Sentry, which produces the TSA lock security system across 30 countries, told the group that while the 2014 leak was taken seriously, it did not affect travellers' property security significantly as thieves still prefer using brute force to break into bags.</p> <p>The company also added that the presence of the locks is "still a proven deterrent to theft and tampering".</p> <p>While it is not mandatory in Australia, travellers are still advised to use these TSA-compliant locks when travelling to the US and Canada.</p> <p>The TSA has not commented on the matter.</p> <p>How do you keep your luggage safe? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Drunken passenger on flight forces emergency landing

<p>A domestic flight from Surgut in western Siberia to Moscow had to make an emergency landing due to a drunken passenger.</p> <p>The male passenger was “in a state of inebriation” according to Russia’s Investigative Committee, and he demanded to change the flight path of the plane.</p> <p>According to investigators, a criminal probe was opened into the incident.</p> <p>“Threatening that he had a weapon, he tried to break into the cockpit during the flight and demanded to change the course of the aircraft,” investigators reported.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Aeroflot flight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SU1515?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SU1515</a> from Surgut to Moscow is diverting to Khanty-Mansiysk with squawk 7600 (radio failure).<br /><br />According to <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_russian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RT_russian</a> a passenger demanded the aircraft to fly to Afghanistan.<a href="https://t.co/lO2rs9X4Dr">https://t.co/lO2rs9X4Dr</a> <a href="https://t.co/9NFRQh8C5y">pic.twitter.com/9NFRQh8C5y</a></p> — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) <a href="https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/1087669753689317376?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“The aircraft commander made the decision to make a forced landing in Khanty-Mansiysk,” the statement confirmed.</p> <p>According to reports from Russian news agency <a href="https://www.gazeta.ru/social/2019/01/22/12138187.shtml"><em>Interfax</em></a><em>, </em>the man who caused the dispute was so drunk another passenger had to wake him during the assault.</p> <p>Aeroflot, who is the airline carrier of the interrupted flight, released a statement, saying:</p> <p>“The incident did not affect the work of the company. All flights are on schedule.</p> <p>“During the release of the aircraft, none of the passengers and crew members were injured.</p> <p>“We ask passengers to treat the enhanced control when boarding aircraft with understanding.”</p> <p>Enhanced security and control measures were brought in as a result of the incident on the plane.</p> <p>Have you been in an emergency landing before on a flight? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Are you guilty of these? A refresher in flight etiquette

<p>Travelling is stressful for everyone involved, whether you’re a passenger or a flight attendant. However, some experiences have left flight attendants very frustrated. It turns out they’re not things people do on flights, they’re personality traits.</p> <p>Three airline attendants told <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/things-flight-attendants-want-you-to-stop-doing-on-flight-2019-1"><em>Business Insider</em></a> a few of their pet peeves.</p> <p><strong>1. Ignoring cabin crew when they greet you</strong></p> <p>“If I greet you, please have the courtesy to answer me back,” one attendant explained.</p> <p>“Don’t ignore me or pretend I don’t exist. I’ve woken up probably earlier than you and will be working past the time you arrive at home. So be kind and remember to have manners.”</p> <p><strong>2. Unpacking your overhead bag during a flight</strong></p> <p>“The best way to maximise everyone’s time and make your fellow passengers not hate you is to keep all of your necessities in the personal space at your seat,” another attendant explained.</p> <p>“If you come onto a plane, then get to your seat and have to unpack your big roller bag in the middle of the aisle just to get to your headphones, you are the worst.”</p> <p><strong>3. Walking around barefoot</strong></p> <p>“Probably the most disgusting thing you could ever do is take your shoes and socks off and walk around the plane,” one attendant explained with a wrinkled nose.</p> <p>Speaking of feet…</p> <p><strong>4. Putting your shoes up on the aeroplane seats or bare toes on the armrests or tray tables</strong></p> <p>“No one cares whether you showered this morning – what people care about is the cleanliness of where they sit and eat their food from,” a third attendant said.</p> <p>It’s easy to forget that aeroplane cabins are a shared space.</p> <p><strong>5. Complaining about the airline whilst still on board the plane</strong></p> <p>Attendants don’t get paid if a flight is delayed, so they’re as frustrated, if not more so, than you.</p> <p>It’s important to remember that the airline industry is unpredictable.</p> <p>One attendant confirmed this, saying: “We have delays, we have to cancel flights sometimes. We sometimes don’t have everything we need on board to serve you better.”</p> <p>They added, “What you don’t know is during those delays, we don’t get paid for that time so we understand your frustration, too.”</p> <p>Do you do any of these? Have you seen someone do these whilst you’ve been on board a plane? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Half-naked man shocks plane passengers on 10-hour flight

<p>Sometimes flying isn’t the best experience to be had – it can be long, tiring and cramped, so making arrangements to be comfortable such as a neck pillow, cosy clothes or a device to pass the time are all expected to be seen on a flight.</p> <p>However, one Air France passenger went to new heights when it came to getting comfortable when she posted to Twitter a man sitting across her aisle on 10-and-a-half-hour flight in his boxer shorts.</p> <p>Lizzie Thompson was on the flight from Paris to Los Angeles when she said a fellow passenger sitting across from her came out of the plane bathroom with no pants, shoes or socks on.</p> <p>“The man in the seat across from me has taken HIS PANTS OFF for the flight and is just in his boxers… This is going to be a long flight,” she wrote on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The man in the seat across from me has taken HIS PANTS OFF for the flight and is just in his boxers. Flight attendants seem unconcerned. This is going to be a long flight <a href="https://twitter.com/AirFranceFR?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AirFranceFR</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CDG?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CDG</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LAX?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LAX</a> <a href="https://t.co/Z0EfktDwpD">pic.twitter.com/Z0EfktDwpD</a></p> — Lizzie Thompson (@Lizzie_Thompson) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Thompson/status/1097467416693653507?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Although she tried to get flight attendants' attention, little was done to appease other passengers, noting they seemed “unconcerned” by the situation. Despite offering to move Ms Thompson, there were no attempts to ask the man to place his pants back on.</p> <p>“He offered to move me (which would mean losing my bulkhead legroom) but just shrugged when I suggested he ask the man to put his pants back on,” she wrote.</p> <p>Adding fire to the already bizarrely lit flames – the half-naked passenger allegedly shouted at a man who boarded with a ukulele to “COME SIT WITH ME AND MAKE SOME MUSIC”.</p> <p>The pant-less stranger also stole “4 mini bottles of wine from the cart,” two hours into the flight and perhaps strangest of all – became so cold he put a thick winter jacket on but left his pants off for the whole flight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Just landed. 2 hours in he stood up and took 4 mini bottles of wine from the cart. Then he fell asleep. Then 6 hours in he got cold so PUT ON HIS PUFFY JACKET <a href="https://t.co/wNFq9L2bkH">pic.twitter.com/wNFq9L2bkH</a></p> — Lizzie Thompson (@Lizzie_Thompson) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Thompson/status/1097643842809954306?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>People reading the story on social media were not impressed by the situation.</p> <p dir="ltr">It was considered indecent exposure to breastfeed an infant in public in Idaho until 2018. Hashtag white cis male privilege. I’m so sorry you had to endure this.</p> <p><a class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">— Amber Labelle (@amberllab) </a><a href="https://twitter.com/amberllab/status/1097652023774887936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2019</a><a class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"></a></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I’m sorry you had to endure this. Holy cow. I would have lost it at some point and been the one arrested.</p> — Trudy Bleu (@BleuTrudy) <a href="https://twitter.com/BleuTrudy/status/1097677055934660608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What happened to the phrase: no shirt, no shoes, no service…no pants needs to be added. Underwear alone should not be allowed. Those were not shorts, true shirts would be OK.</p> — Donna Owosso (@fly_befree) <a href="https://twitter.com/fly_befree/status/1097785218017030144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>At least, Ms Thompson affirms, there is nothing quite like a pant-less man to tie a group of onlooking strangers together.</p> <p>“Nothing bonds a group of passengers like a man half naked in your section,” she joked. </p>

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Airline passengers left abandoned after this happened

<p>A British airline has had an abrupt collapse of its business, leaving hundreds of airline passengers stunned and stranded throughout Europe.</p> <p>The British airline company, Flybmi, has announced it has gone bust, telling customers to contact their “payment card issuer to obtain a refund for flights which have not yet taken place".</p> <p>The airline thanked employees for their hard work and dedication, now leaving over 376 people without a job across Britain, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.</p> <p>The East Midlands-based airline operated in 25 European cities with 17 regional jet aircrafts.</p> <p>British Midland Regional Limited, operating as Flybmi, has said in a public announcement that it is filing for administration due to higher fuel costs and the uncertainty of Britain’s exit from the European union.</p> <p>“Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and a lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe,” the airline announced on its website on Saturday.</p> <p>Pilots Union chief Brian Strutton said the airline’s collapse “is devastating news for all employees".</p> <p>“Our immediate steps will be to support Flybmi pilots and explore with the directors and administrators whether their jobs can be saved,” he said.</p> <p>A distressed passenger was left stunned by the announcement made on Saturday, she told <a href="https://news.sky.com/story/advice-issued-for-flybmi-passengers-frustrated-by-flight-cancellations-after-airlines-collapse-11639880">SkyNews.</a></p> <p>“Unfortunately for me, I was supposed to be flying home with them in less than 48 hours to Bristol. I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” she said.</p> <p>Customers were urged not to travel to the airport on Sunday unless arrangements were made with other airlines. Flybmi explained they would not be rescheduling passengers on to other flights. </p>

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6 travel tricks: Get through airport security faster

<p>It’s easy to be a good passenger on a flight. Use your headphones, be polite to the cabin crew and be aware that there are other people on the flight besides yourself. However, navigating the airport can be a bit tricker. Here are a few tips to help you get through the airport with ease.</p> <p><strong>1. Bring an empty water bottle</strong></p> <p>As you’re only able to bring 100ml of liquid through airport security, bringing an empty water bottle with your carry-on is a good tip to avoid paying through the nose for a bottle of water later on.</p> <p>You can easily fill it up in the water fountains provided at the airport, as well as asking cafes to fill it up for you with drinking water.</p> <p><strong>2. Let the check-in staff know if it’s a special occasion</strong></p> <p>If you’re heading somewhere special or off to see your first grandchild, it can be handy to let the check-in staff know this. By simply being friendly and courteous, it can be easier to get a free upgrade on a flight.</p> <p>If you’re feeling bold, you can ask directly.</p> <p><strong>3. Take a picture of your parking spot</strong></p> <p>It can be tricky to remember where you’ve parked your car on the best of days.</p> <p>Taking a photo of your parking spot in a carpark, especially if you’ve parked at the airport, is a good way to ease yourself into the harsh reality of everyday life after a lovely holiday.</p> <p><strong>4. Rebook your flight quickly</strong></p> <p>Waiting in a long line, only to find your flight has been cancelled, can be very frustrating. However, instead of waiting in line to complain to the airport staff, use the airport phone and call the airline to rebook your flight over the phone.</p> <p>This is much quicker than waiting in line. You could also try booking online.</p> <p><strong>5. Wear your heaviest items of clothing</strong></p> <p>This hack is definitely weather dependent, but it can help to free up space in your luggage if you’re wearing your heaviest items of clothing.</p> <p>By doing this, you’ve freed up space and weight in your luggage.</p> <p><strong>6. Bring hotel toiletries with you</strong></p> <p>If you’ve got sticky fingers and often take hotel toiletries from places you’ve stayed at, it’s handy to use them when you’re travelling overseas as they’re usually under the liquid allowance of 100ml.</p> <p>Do you know of any other tips to get through security faster? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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