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Man banned from cruise following dangerous stunt

<p>The Royal Caribbean cruise company has banned a man for life after his dangerous stunt went viral on the Internet.</p> <p>Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old passenger from Washington, US, posted a video on Instagram of him jumping off the 11th floor deck of the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship and into the ocean when the vessel was docked in Nassau, Bahamas. </p> <p>In the video, Naydev’s friends could be seen watching and laughing as Naydev took the leap.</p> <p>The video, which was posted last Friday, has racked up 118,908 views as at the time of writing.</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/BsgYghHnrsF/?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/BsgYghHnrsF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nick Naydev (@naydev91)</a> on Jan 11, 2019 at 11:28am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Naydev said on Instagram that he was intoxicated at the time. </p> <p>“I was still drunk from the previous night,” he wrote.</p> <p>He also informed his followers that for the following three days, he could barely walk and sleep from the pain. “My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt… I’m good now.”</p> <p>After the Royal Caribbean staff found him in the ocean, Naydev and his friends were kicked off the ship and told to find their own way back home from the Bahamas.</p> <p>According to <em>Fox 13 News</em>, Royal Caribbean contacted the local police, but no charges were made. </p> <p>“When the cops showed up they were super chil [sic] and actually laughed at the video,” Naydev wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>A friend of Naydev said the man was known for attempting stunts like this. </p> <p>“He’s jumped from those kind[s] of heights before, and we didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” Konstantin Kryachun, who filmed the jump, told <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/man-gets-banned-royal-caribbean-cruises-jumping-off-ship-viral-fame-205324887.html"><em>Yahoo! Lifestyle</em></a>.</p> <p>“We just wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.”</p> <p>The viral clip prompted the cruise company to take further action.</p> <p>“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. </p> <p>“We are exploring legal action.”</p>

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"No excuse": Passenger shocked by $9 sandwich on Jetstar flight

<p>A man has been left disappointed and unimpressed by his $9 “soggy” sandwich after a flight with Jetstar.  </p> <p>A good sandwich shouldn’t be too hard to come by, at least that’s what Nick Mosley thought when he hungrily tucked into what was supposed to be a deli sandwich trio on his flight from Bali, Indonesia to Perth, Australia.</p> <p>What was meant to be a treat after a long holiday quickly became a frustrating expense.</p> <p>Unfortunately for him, what he bit into was less than appetising – a bare lettuce leaf with an egg and mayo mix spread on to the bread with smeared margarine.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter to share his disappointment, he posted a few pictures of the sad-looking sandwich and wrote: “I must say @JetstarAirways have a cheek charging AUS$9 for sandwiches… without any fillings…. Great for their bottom line but not so good for filling the tums of customers.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I must say <a href="https://twitter.com/JetstarAirways?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JetstarAirways</a> have a cheek charging AUS$9 for sandwiches... without any fillings... Great for their bottom line but not so good for filling the tums of customers <a href="https://t.co/dok9GicE9E">pic.twitter.com/dok9GicE9E</a></p> — Nick Mosley (@BrightonNick) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrightonNick/status/1082244098331799552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2019</a></blockquote> <p> “I had a bit of a craving for a sandwich. Having eaten many sandwiches in my life, it wouldn’t have cross my mine to peel back the bread to check the filling,” Nick <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6589237/UK-tourist-stunned-paying-5-petrol-station-sandwich-Australian-airline.html">told the Daily Mail.</a></p> <p>"However, after the first mouthful of somewhat soggy bread and margarine, peel back I did.</p> <p>“I paid for it so there is really no excuse for serving inadequate products. It was a shocker – it made a petrol station sandwich look like a gastronomic feast,” he said.</p> <p>The airline reached out to the unsatisfied customer offering a refund and an apology.</p> <p>Have you ever paid for an expensive meal only to be left unsatisfied? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Help! I’m travelling with grandkids!

<p>Travelling with grandchildren does present a unique set of challenges and will make you long for those carefree, spontaneous trips you used to take before you became grandparents.</p> <p>However, that does not mean you should give up on the idea completely.</p> <p>The key is to minimise the stress that you’ll have to deal with on the road, which means more planning before you go.</p> <p><strong>1. Book as many things as you can beforehand</strong></p> <p>This includes accommodation, car rental and perhaps some entry tickets into popular tourist spots.</p> <p>This saves you the stress of having to figure things out while on the road.</p> <p><strong>2. Head to the doctor before you fly</strong></p> <p>If you’re travelling overseas, bring the whole family to the doctor at least two months before so there’s plenty of time to get any necessary jabs.</p> <p><strong>3. Involve your grandkids in the planning</strong></p> <p>If your grandkids are old enough, set some simple tasks for them, such as, researching about the food, history, fascinating facts or culture of the place you’re visiting.</p> <p>You should also let them choose a few fun activities they would like to do.</p> <p><strong>4. If possible, stay in a house or apartment</strong></p> <p>Renting an apartment or a house gives you a lot more space than a hotel room.</p> <p>You’ll also have the benefit of a kitchen, which means you can cook some simple meals instead of eating out all the time.</p> <p>This will more than make up for the extra cost.</p> <p><strong>5. Give your grandkids your contact details</strong></p> <p>If your grandkids are old enough to have phones, make sure your numbers are stored on the quick dial list.</p> <p>For young children, prepare cards with your contact details on them and clip the cards to their clothes when you’re travelling in a crowded area.</p> <p><strong>6. Pack a first aid kit</strong></p> <p>Bring plasters, painkillers, cough syrup, antihistamines, and antiseptic creams for bites and cuts - all suitable for children, of course - to ensure that you can take care of any minor mishaps.</p> <p><strong>7. Don’t plan too many activities in a day</strong></p> <p>A tired child is a grumpy child.</p> <p>Actually, that statement works for adults as well. Be realistic about what you can cover in a day.</p> <p>Instead of four activities daily, settle for two or three, and have lots of time to rest in between each one.</p> <p><strong>8. Be flexible</strong></p> <p>Sometimes things just happen and you need to roll with the punches.</p> <p>Keep calm and remind yourself that the most important thing is that you’re together as a family.</p> <p>When was the last time you travelled with your grandchildren? How did it go? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/help-im-travelling-kids">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <span><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></span>.</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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What you should never say to an air hostess

<p>For many, the thought of having a job that pays you to travel around the world is a dream come true.</p> <p>We look at flight attendants and envy their lifestyle, with them waking up in one country and sleeping in another.</p> <p>But despite the glamorous façade, one flight attendant penned a note to those who think they know the requirements of the job better than those actually working in the field.</p> <p>Originally posted on Facebook and then picked up by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/garystoller/2019/01/08/think-twice-before-you-say-just-a-flight-attendant/#19e995b26ecb" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, the anonymous post reveals what you should never say to an air hostess who is just trying to do her job.</p> <p>“Dear Passenger in 5A,” the post begins.</p> <p>“Yesterday, when I wouldn’t let you come to the front of the aeroplane because the pilots were going in and out of the cockpit, you informed me I was ‘just a flight attendant’. I’ve had some time to reflect on that and decided to educate you on a few facts regarding this flight attendant.</p> <p>“First, let’s review my training and requirements for this job. I know how to fight fires while 35,00 feet in the air; I can perform CPR, do first-aid - basic, all the way up to inserting an IV; I know how to identify guns and weapons; I know how to identify bombs and then move them to a location on the aircraft that will hopefully cause the least damage should they go off.</p> <p>“I know basic survival skills for land and water; I know how to disarm people brandishing a gun; how to actually kill someone if need be; how to prepare an aeroplane for an emergency landing so every person aboard has the best chance of survival, and how to then evacuate the aircraft in under 60 seconds.</p> <p>“While smiling, I have been taught how to deal with people from many different cultures, people who are disgruntled, and people who are downright rude. I received excellent training for all these things and every year have to go through refresher training and learn new skills.</p> <p>“Second, I’d like to share with you some of the personal experiences I’ve had in the last 20 years as a flight attendant. I’ve held the hand of a grieving mother who was flying across the country to claim her 21-year-old son’s dead body. I have given my personal clothes to a passenger who threw up, although I had nothing else to put on. I have been poked in my arm and sides many times by people who can’t wait for me to finish with one person before they get their drink.</p> <p>“I have held babies while their parent went to the bathroom. I have been yelled at for not having the exact food a person wanted. I have prepared an aircraft for an emergency landing, and, while you were arguing with me about not wanting to turn off your computer, I was hoping I would be able to see my children one more time.</p> <p>“I stood with tears in my eyes in the door of an aircraft while the remains of a US soldier were lowered in a flag-draped coffin. I have had the honour of flying US troops into foreign deployment areas. I missed Christmas Day with my family so you could get to your family. My work schedule is constantly changing, and there are times I go five to six days without a real night’s sleep.</p> <p>“I watched the events of 9/11 in horror, heartbroken from what my colleagues went through that day. I was scared to go back to work, but I reassured my child that I would come home — all the while knowing it could happen again. I watched a man die in front of me, because the CPR we performed didn’t revive him. Then I tried to reverently place his body on the aeroplane floor for the remainder of the flight, and, when we landed, I sat with his body for over an hour until the coroner could pick it up.</p> <p>“Please know that I do love my job, and I choose to do it. I have a college degree, am a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a human being. So the next time you look at me and think, ‘Just a flight attendant’, I hope you quickly remember who is trained and willing to get you out of a crashed aeroplane, save you from hijackers, perform CPR on you if need be and — the easiest part of my job — give you food and drinks.”</p> <p>What do you think? Do you agree with the flight attendant’s letter? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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This airline has just instructed "obese" employees to lose weight

<p>Pakistan’s national flag carrier has reportedly told “obese” flight attendants to lose weight or risk being grounded.</p> <p>The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) issued a memo to its 1,800 staff that cabin crew with “excess weight” will have six months to slim down or they will not be given clearance to fly.</p> <p>Aamir Bashir, the airline’s general manager, said any crew found to be above 30 pounds from the “desired weight” after January 31 will be grounded and referred for medical evaluation and treatment until “weight is reduced up to desired standard/BMI”. The excess weight limit will then be cut down by 5 pounds per month.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Lose weight, or lose your job: Pakistan International Airlines 'tells overweight cabin crew they need to shed up to 30lbs by July or face being grounded' <a href="https://t.co/iGf0sUgKVM">pic.twitter.com/iGf0sUgKVM</a></p> — ABC (@farhanjamil1975) <a href="https://twitter.com/farhanjamil1975/status/1082252961747734528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>PIA also issued a suggested weight chart according to the crew’s height. For example, the guide for a woman of 5 feet 7 inches height (1.7m) is 133 to 147 pounds (60 to 67 kilograms).</p> <p>Around 100 of the crew will need to lose all the excess weight by July 1 to avoid being grounded, according to PIA spokesman Mashhood Tajwar.</p> <p>He told CNN that the policy was to ensure that the cabin crew remain “slim, smart and fit”, following apparent complaints about “obese” flight attendants. “No one would like to have shabby crew in the aircraft,” said Tajwar.</p> <p>This is not the first time an airline has applied weight standards for its aircraft employees. Air India grounded its flight attendants in 2006 and 2015 for being overweight. In November, India’s aviation regulator set a Body Mass Index (BMI) norm of 18 to 25 for pilots and crews.</p>

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Flight attendants reveal the strangest things people do on planes

<p>The flight crew at Qantas are known for being a friendly bunch, but oh boy, do they have stories to share about the travellers they have encountered.</p> <p>These stories are shared by flight attendants under an alias name to conceal their identities and to keep their jobs.</p> <p>First off, the attendants revealed one specific category of flight passengers, “we call them the ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ travellers,” shared a flight attendant using the alias ‘Martin’.</p> <p>“These are the passengers who if it’s not bolted down, will try to take it,” he elaborates.</p> <p>The second flight attendant by the alias of ‘Melissa’ explained, “With some passengers, if they see something is available, they want it – no matter what it is. Some are out for everything they can get.”</p> <p>On a rest between two long trips, Martin and Melissa compared stories of passengers which fell into the “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” category and came up with some hilarious and shocking stories.</p> <p>The first story Melissa shared is one of humour. A lady on a flight quietly asked Melissa for a sanitary pad, and she discreetly passed the item to the passenger. Meanwhile, the man sitting next to the woman observed the exchange and asked for a sanitary pad too.</p> <p>“I said quietly to him, ‘Sir, it’s a sanitary [pad], you don’t need one of those,’” apparently the man was not impressed by this response and demanded “whatever it is, I also want one right now”.</p> <p>So, Melissa went and fetched another sanitary pad before handing it to the man, who without hesitation, unwrapped it, put his seat in recline and placed the pad over his eyes as an eye mask.</p> <p>Martin added, “That happens all the time, we do our best not to laugh as we walk through the cabin seeing men with sanitary [pads] across their eyes. They actually think that’s what they are for!”</p> <p>The next story, shared by Martin, was an experience before landing in Sydney, Martin had a man come into the galley and ask for a glass of water.</p> <p>“We had a tray of refreshments out, so I said to him, ‘Sir, please help yourself to whatever you can find in here,’ then I turned my back to stack up a trolley.”</p> <p>The passenger however, took this invite very seriously and began removing the galley curtains from to hooks.</p> <p>“I rushed over and asked him to stop, as this was part of the actual plane,” Martin explains. “The man then said to me, ‘But you said I could have whatever is in here, and I can use these on our window at home.’”</p> <p>The absurdity of passengers on flights continues. Melissa has observed some weird things in her time as a flight attendant and usually these observations occur towards the end of the flight, as passengers and flight crew are preparing for landing.</p> <p>Passengers usually shove bits and pieces into their carry-on bags in a frenzy although one woman caught Melissa’s eye.</p> <p>The woman was struggling to shove the plane cushion of her seat into her bag.</p> <p>“I said, ‘Madam, you can’t have that – it’s part of the plane and you’ll need to sit on it for landing,” Melissa said whilst attempting to get the cushion out of the bag.</p> <p>The woman responded, “You have so many of these on the plane, surely you won’t miss just one. I want it for my sofa.”</p> <p>That’s not all passengers have tried to sneak into their bags. According to Martin toilet rolls are a prized possession on flights and are usually the first things to disappear.</p> <p>“There are flights when before we’ve even taken off, passengers raid the toilets for every roll of toilet paper they can find, and stuff the lot into their bags,” Martin reveals.</p> <p>“So, we sometimes have to return to the toilets throughout the flight to replace the paper, roll by roll. I remember one occasion where everything ran out, as it had all disappeared into carry-on luggage.”</p> <p>Additionally, international travellers are fascinated by mini soft drink cans.</p> <p>“We have many international passengers who are obsessed with little cans of soft drinks,” Melissa says. “They like to stockpile them in their bags, asking for can after can, but always insist we leave them unopened. We see them later stuffing the cans into their bags.”</p> <p>Martin shares his belief into this extreme interest: “There are passengers who plan to party later in their hotel rooms and want to save a few dollars on buying mixers.”</p> <p>As they continue, Martin and Melissa shared that it is easy to spot a regular Jetstar flyer “as they will fight over the blanket at the end of a flight,” Melissa revealed.</p> <p>The difference being, when a blanket is purchased on Jetstar, the customer can keep it and take it home with them after the flight. Although Qantas doesn’t have the same protocol.</p> <p>“When we ask these passengers to leave the blanket behind, they get annoyed and respond, ‘But I can do this on Jetstar – why is Qantas so mean?’” Melissa says.</p> <p>“Why anyone would want to use an airline blanket again is beyond me!”</p> <p>The final story to be shared involved the luxury of business class. When flying business class with Qantas an amenity kit packed with designer creams is a prized perk that passengers love.</p> <p>Although one woman loved it a bit too much as she gathered every single kit before other people had attended their seats.</p> <p>“She had her arms full as we explained there were now none for the other passengers – something that didn’t seem to faze her,” Martin recalled.</p> <p>“We attempted to get back as many kits as we could, but almost had a tug of war erupt as she was not giving up without a fight.”</p> <p>What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do on a flight? We would love to hear it in the comments below.</p>

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Cruise couple's costly mistake leaves them stranded in foreign country

<p>Kevin Rohrer and his girlfriend were enjoying their Caribbean adventure as they explored the culturally enriching city of Havana in Cuba.</p> <p>But the good times were cut short after they returned to the dock where their cruise ship was supposed to take them on the rest of their four-night voyage – only to realise the ship had already left without them.</p> <p>The Norwegian Sky cruise was listed on an itinerary to leave Havana at 5pm, so the couple arrived at the dock at 3:30pm, ready to go, but the ship had left earlier than scheduled.</p> <p>“It was a frightening situation. We were devastated,” says Mr Rohrer in a complaint issued to the cruise company.</p> <p>“We exchanged money and we took a taxi to the airport. American Airlines told us they wouldn’t take a credit card and quoted us 472 pesos (NZ$680). We didn’t have that much money.”</p> <p>After putting all their money together, the American couple were able to book a flight home for two but were not thrilled about their cruising experience being cut short.</p> <p>It also wasn’t comforting to know that the cruise company left them in a foreign country to fend for themselves, and considering the itinerary said the ship will depart at 5pm, the pair had no idea as to how it could have happened.</p> <p>But regardless of the frustration and countless complaints, Mr Rohrer and his girlfriend were not going to be given compensation for their experience, according to Michelle Couch-Friedman from consumer rights group Elliott Advocacy, who Mr Rohrer reached out to for help with his case.</p> <p>Speaking to Elliott Advocacy, Mr Rohrer revealed that after the cruise line had departed, it was then the couple discovered the time to have changed from 5 pm to 2pm. According to him, the company “made no effort to inform travellers of the change".</p> <p>Ms Couch-Friedman obtained a copy of the cruise itinerary, which was booked through a third party. Turns out Mr Rohrer was correct, as it clearly stated the cruise departure time to be 5pm.</p> <p>But in a newsletter sent to the couple prior to their journey from the company, it stated all passengers in Havana should be “all aboard (the ship) at 1:30pm.”</p> <p>The cruise line had changed the itinerary and passengers were informed through their daily newsletter.</p> <p>But Mr Rohrer stood his ground as he said he never had the opportunity to look over the newsletter before the incident occurred.</p> <p>“I provided that figure showing the time of ‘all aboard’ news flyer that was sent to our cabin while we ate breakfast on the boat the third day (second day for Cuba),” he said.</p> <p>“But I didn’t get to read it at the time of the discovery (we had a tight schedule with the Cuban Tour Advocacy). I had folded that flyer and put it in my pocket during our disembarkment from the ship. I read that flyer while waiting for a flight out of Cuba.”</p> <p>But the cruising company did not budge, as they pulled out the terms and conditions, which read: “In all ports of call, it is also the guest’s responsibility to be back on-board the ship no later than one (1) hour prior to the ship’s scheduled departure time. Please be aware that shipboard time may differ from the port of call and it is the guest’s responsibility to follow the shipboard time. In the event a guest misses the ship, it will be the guest’s responsibility to pay all expenses incurred to rejoin the ship.”</p> <p>After an investigation by Ms Couch-Friedman, the cruise company claimed that all passengers were informed a month before of the time change through e-documents.</p> <p>“Additionally, the day before calling into Havana, the Cruise Director announced the new time repeatedly throughout the day and additional signage was placed on the gangway for all those disembarking to see,” the company said.</p> <p>But Mr Rohrer says that he was not notified of any changes to the schedule.</p> <p>But despite the circumstances, Ms Couch-Friedman said that the cruise company's contract of carriage was stated clearly during the time of booking, as timings on the itinerary were never guaranteed.</p> <p>“In the event of strikes, lockouts, stoppages of labour, riots, weather conditions, mechanical difficulties or any other reason whatsoever, Norwegian Cruise Line has the right to cancel, advance, postpone or substitute any scheduled sailing or itinerary without prior notice,” Norwegian’s terms and conditions read.</p> <p>“Norwegian Cruise Line shall not be responsible for failure to adhere to published arrival and departure times for any of its ports of call.”</p> <p>Ms Couch-Friedman advised passengers to remain alert as cruise itineraries could change at short notice.</p> <p>“This is especially important if you have booked your own shore excursion,” she said.</p> <p>“It may cost a little more money to book the excursion through the cruise line, but you can be certain that the boat won’t sail away without you during your adventure.</p> <p>“In the end, it’s the traveller’s responsibility to know when to be back on-board that ship. If you miss your cruise home, unfortunately, there’s no one to turn to for a refund or reimbursement.”</p> <p>Do you think the passengers were in the wrong or the cruise company? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Don't get caught out: Stranded couple’s huge travel mistake on cruise

<p>An elderly couple was kicked off a cruise ship and left to fend for themselves in South Korea over a simple but major error they made, costing them thousands of dollars.</p> <p>Michelle Couch-Friedman from consumer rights company Elliott Advocacy advised everyone to learn from this lesson, as she failed to get the company to compensate the couple.</p> <p>Originally from the US, William Coates and his wife had booked a 14-day getaway to Japan, South Korea and China with Holland America Line on the Westerdam cruise ship only last month.</p> <p>“This is a trip we had planned for a long time. At 71 years old, we were looking forward to this adventure,” Mr Coates said, speaking to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.elliott.org/" target="_blank">Elliott Advocacy</a></em>.</p> <p>After taking a flight to Japan and boarding the ship at Yokohama, the pair began their journey to South Korea.</p> <p>Everything was running smoothly, until the third day of their voyage as a staff member revealed that the couple would be asked to leave the ship once it reached Pusan in South Korea.</p> <p>They were told to pack up their things and leave, marking the start of their travel woes.</p> <p>“She (the staff member) told us that it was our responsibility to get ourselves home. We couldn’t believe it,” said Mr Coates.</p> <p>But the reason why was clear, as Mr and Mrs Coates had failed to acquire the necessary visas required to enter China before embarking on their cruise holiday.</p> <p>Just like Australians, Americans must travel with the appropriate visas when visiting China and other entry points of the cruise.</p> <p>And just as Aussies need visas when entering China, so do Americans, as authorities “strongly enforce penalties for entry and exit visa violations,” states the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.</p> <p>But according to Mr Coates, they were unaware of the rule until after they boarded the ship.</p> <p>“Holland America removed us from the ship. They left us, literally on the dock,” he said.</p> <p>“It was up to us to find our way to the airport and then pay $US2400 ($NZ3494) for additional airfare to get home.”</p> <p>Holland America responded with its own side of the story, saying the company made an attempt to arrange emergency visas for the couple and had even got in touch with Chinese officials telling them the couple would not leave the ship once it stops in China.</p> <p>“The Chinese border patrol rejected all of the alternatives,” said the cruise line company.</p> <p>But Mr and Mrs Coates believe it was Holland America’s duty to inform them of any required visas.</p> <p>“Getting thrown off the ship was the most embarrassing and difficult experience for us,” they told Elliott Advocacy.</p> <p>“Our loss is approaching $US9000 ($NZ13,104). Holland America should have alerted us to our missing travel visa and the stringent requirements. No one did.</p> <p>“We think that something this serious would be part of the travel professional’s responsibility.”</p> <p>But Mrs Couch-Friedman said that claim is false, and if Holland America did fail to provide them with the appropriate information, then they may have won their case.</p> <p>But in an itinerary sent by Holland America in January, the company had informed the Coates about visa requirements.</p> <p>The terms and conditions read: “It is the guest’s sole responsibility to obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel documents. All guests are advised to check with their travel agent or the appropriate government authority to determine the necessary documents.</p> <p>“You will be refused boarding or disembarked without liability for refund, payment, compensation, or credit of any kind if you do not have proper documentation, and you will be subject to any fine or other costs incurred by the carrier which result from improper documentation or noncompliance with applicable regulations, which amount may be charged to your stateroom account and/or credit card.”</p> <p>Holland America also stated that prior to the cruise, the company had sent two extra alerts to the couple, reminding them to apply for their visas.</p> <p>The Coates claim that they did not have a computer with them for the past few months so were unable to see those emails, but their argument was shut down and they were unable to win their case.</p> <p>Mrs Couch-Friedman advised everyone who plans on travelling in the near future to read the terms and conditions and arrange your own visas.</p> <p>“Before you set off on any cruise, it’s imperative to read the contract in its entirety,” she said.</p> <p>“Remember that your entry requirements are unique to you, and it’s your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents.</p> <p>“In the end, Holland America refunded the couple for their unused return airfare as a gesture of goodwill but declined any other refund.”</p> <p>Arranging visas is the responsibility of the traveller and not their booking agent or travel company.</p> <p>Do you think the Coates deserved a full refund? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Aussie woman opens up about cruise ship horror: “My partner tried to push me overboard”

<p>A woman, who was lucky to survive a five-day cruise, has bravely discussed the terrifying moment her partner attempted to throw her off their balcony.</p> <p>Kim and her partner David James Fysh, 46, saved up to cruise from Sydney to Tasmania on Radiance of the Seas for almost a year before they embarked on their holiday.</p> <p>However, less than 48 hours after departing on October 16, their getaway quickly turned into a nightmare, reported <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>Kim claimed David was uninterested in the cruise they had worked so hard to experience, focusing his time on drinking and sleeping instead.</p> <p>She also alleged that her fiancé packed Valium for the cruise.</p> <p>After growing frustrated by his disinterest, Kim confronted him before the pair got into an argument about him wasting the holiday.</p> <p>Kim then said the argument took a violent turn.</p> <p>“He locked me outside on the balcony and pulled the room out looking for them (Valium) and then when he couldn't find them, he came outside on to the balcony,” she said.</p> <p>“Had me by the back of my arms and was trying to push me overboard and I was just screaming.”</p> <p>When asked if she thought she was going to die during the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">ACA </em>interview, Kim replied with an emotional: “Yep.”</p> <p>“I was screaming, 'Please don't kill me, please don't kill me, please don't throw me overboard.’”</p> <p>Remembering the terrifying ideal, Kim said her partner didn’t say much as he allegedly held her over the balcony.</p> <p>She explained that she managed to free herself because she was wearing a silky robe and “slipped out of his grip like a ninja”.</p> <p>After escaping from her attacker, she locked him on the balcony and called cruise staff immediately.</p> <p>David was arrested and charged with attempted murder after the cruise docked in Hobart.</p> <p>Police allege that David tried to throw Kim from the cruise balcony by grabbing her under the arms at 3:30am.</p> <p>Kim claimed that passengers in nearby rooms heard her piercing screams.</p> <p>In the emotional interview, Kim said her relationship with David had been volatile and she felt guilty she let the abuse get as far as it did.</p> <p>David pleaded not guilty at Hobart Magistrates Court on October 19 and bail was not granted.</p> <p>In February, the case will appear before the Supreme Court.</p>

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Passenger mocked for “cheap” move on flight

<p>An airline passenger has been accused of being “cheap” after complaining about receiving a cup of ice instead of water from a crew member.</p> <p>Gene Goh was travelling from Singapore to Japan with budget airline Scoot when he asked for a cup of water while waiting for take off.</p> <p>“I asked for just a cup of plain water but was told by your airline staff that only bottled water is available for purchase,” he wrote on the airline’s Facebook page.</p> <p>Gene said he was given a cup of ice and told to wait for it to melt so he could drink it.</p> <p>“All I am asking is just a cup of water, I wouldn’t care if it was from the tap,” he said.</p> <p>“I hope that there could be some sort of care for passengers, not being unreasonable over here.”</p> <p>However, Gene received little sympathy from other social media users, with many saying he was lucky to even receive the ice.</p> <p>“Dude, budget airline. Got money to go to Osaka, no money to buy water huh? If you want free things don’t travel. Entitled youth,” one person said.</p> <p>“Just few dollars for a mineral water. Don’t tell me you couldn’t afford it. Stop making yourself cheap … Well done cabin crew! You did the right thing,” another said.</p> <p>Some believe that Gene should’ve been charged for the plastic cup.</p> <p>Do you think passengers should be able to order free water when flying? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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How not to behave on a plane

<p>Flying economy, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact we’re all in it together.</p> <p><strong>1. The Armrest Warrior</strong></p> <p>They dominate the shared armrests and can provoke an in-flight turf war.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Sharing is best, or one ‘outside’ rest for window and aisle seats and both for the middle. If someone’s obsessed with claiming ownership, it may be worth retreating peacefully for a more relaxing journey.</p> <p><strong>2. The Recliner</strong></p> <p>Their seat goes back as soon as the plane levels out and stays there until landing, making it impossible for those behind to work or eat.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> On a short flight, reclining is frowned upon. On longer flights, keep your seat straight until it’s acceptable to recline – generally once meal trays have been collected.</p> <p><strong>3. The Hygiene Offender</strong></p> <p>It’s a long flight, so they took a long run beforehand, then covered up with the strongest deodorant available. <br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> While most of us arrive at the airport fresh and clean, the close quarters of a plane mean that normally pleasant smells like curry and fragrance can affect other passengers. On long-haul flights, pack wet-wipes for an inflight wash and a change of socks, top and underwear.</p> <p><strong>4. The Chatterer</strong></p> <p>These flyers can’t wait to talk your ear off for the duration of the flight. <br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Have headphones or a laptop ready to show you’re busy. Nervous flyers may need you to chat to calm them; remind them planes are statistically the safest way to travel.</p> <p><strong>5. The Overhead Storage Hog</strong></p> <p>They get on early and stuff every available overhead locker with their excess carry-on.<br /><strong>Strategise:</strong> Store heavy items under the seat in front of you, then look for free space in the overheads, accepting you may not get it above your seat.</p> <p><em>Written by Jackie Middleton. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/flights/How-Not-to-Behave-on-a-Plane"><span>Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, here’s our <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V"><span>best subscription offer</span></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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Kiwis warned of deadly mozzie disease

<p>Kiwis travelling to Bali have been issued a warning after a deadly mosquito-born brain disease is spreading throughout the popular tourist destination.</p> <p>The health ministry of Indonesia says that an increased amount of Japanese encephalitis cases has been brought to light as of recently.</p> <p>The disease, which is considered to be life-threatening, can cause blindness, weakness and movement disorders.</p> <p>If the viral brain infection is contracted, the symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, tremors, paralysis and convulsions, especially amongst younger children.</p> <p>The disease can also send those affected into a coma or ultimately death, and those who are lucky enough to survive the deadly disease are usually left with neurological impairments that last throughout the course of their life.</p> <p>According to The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC), the disease is currently spreading throughout Asia with countries such as India, Pakistan and Japan reporting an increased amount of cases.</p> <p>With 30-50,000 cases reported per year, the ECDPC says that number has been seeing a decline due to vaccinations and an improvement in agriculture.</p> <p>While the disease is most likely to occur from mosquitos, it can also be transmitted through birds, bats, cows and pigs.</p> <p>The ministry is currently monitoring the disease in Bali, North Sulawesi and Manado but so far, Bali is the worst affected area.</p> <p>“To intervene with (the spread of) this disease, we have been introducing vaccinations in Bali with pretty good results. We are intervening with immunisation,” said Vensya Sitohang, the Ministry of Health Director of Surveillance and Quarantine to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/warnings/australians-warned-about-travelling-to-bali-amid-spike-in-japanese-encephalitis-cases/news-story/e255ca32f524bcbdae9d1ee1f7e3a429" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>.</p> <p>Children who are aged between nine months old to 15 years are eligible for vaccination as they are considered to be the most at risk when it comes to contracting the infection.</p> <p>According to the ministry, 979,953 people have been vaccinated so far.</p> <p>“The hope is that it prevents it early, so no physical disability is reached,” said Ms Sitohang.</p> <p>Signs and symptoms occur within five-15 days after being bitten by the infected insect.</p> <p>Those who are travelling to Bali or Asia are advised to remain covered up and regularly apply mosquito repellent to avoid getting bitten.</p> <p>“A Japanese encephalitis vaccine is available for people aged 12 months and older and is recommended for travellers spending extended one month or more in rural areas of high-risk countries for JE,” the NSW Health website reads.</p> <p>Contact your GP for further information on the vaccine. </p>

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Cruise descends into "pure chaos" as ship loses its balance

<p>It was supposed to be a relaxing five-day cruise trip to the Caribbean, but instead, passengers were faced with their worst nightmare after a malfunctioning switchboard forced the ship to tilt to its side.</p> <p>The Carnival Sunshine cruise liner left Port Carnaveral on Sunday, October 28, and it didn’t take long for problems to start arising as the unbalanced cruise ship caused chaos with passengers flying out of their seats and plates and glasses falling to the ground in pieces.</p> <p>Those on board compared the incident to the Titanic, with one person claiming that water was seeping into the ship during dinnertime.</p> <p>“We were actually at the table where the window broke and the water came in,” said a passenger to Orlando news station WFTV.</p> <p>“Next thing we know, the whole boat tilted … we were literally hanging on for our lives, dangling … it was really like a scene from the Titanic.”</p> <p>David Crews, a passenger on board the doomed ship, said he didn’t think the back and forth rocking of the ship was a problem until he saw others crying and screaming for help.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This is the inside of the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship on Sunday evening. <a href="https://twitter.com/CarnivalCruise?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CarnivalCruise</a> says the ship listed (tilted or leaned) because of a technical issue just hours after leaving <a href="https://twitter.com/PortCanaveral?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PortCanaveral</a>. <br /><br />(H/t to David Crews for the pictures) <a href="https://t.co/usSaQsZBzG">pic.twitter.com/usSaQsZBzG</a></p> — Clay LePard (@ClayLePard) <a href="https://twitter.com/ClayLePard/status/1057717193968943106?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">31 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>“Plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/cruise-descends-pure-chaos-ship-loses-balance-005339076.html" target="_blank"><em>Yahoo Lifestyle</em></a>, a spokesperson claims that everything was under control after a minute into the chaos.</p> <p>“There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation,” said the spokesperson, as they also admitted to some passengers walking away with minor injuries.</p> <p>The day after the incident took place, the captain issued a note to each guest to explain what went wrong.</p> <p>“We have identified that an electrical switchboard malfunction impacted the use of the fin stabilisers,” it said.</p> <p>“It’s important to note that fin stabilisers are not a safety feature; they are deployed solely for guest comfort to minimise any potential ship motion while at sea. There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship, and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation.”</p> <p>Although the cruise line offered compensation of $50 to each guest, many were not impressed and chose to end their journey after the terrifying event. </p>

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Couple's creepy discovery in cruise ship cabin: "Is that what I think it is?"

<p>A US couple from Florida made a creepy discovery in their cruise ship cabin during what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday.</p> <p>Chris and Dana White were enjoying their three-day Carnival cruise to the Caribbean last October before they found a device pointed in the direction of their bed.</p> <p>When they went to have a closer look, they realised it was a video camera that was intentionally placed in between their TV wires.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.insideedition.com/" target="_blank"><em>Inside Edition</em></a> Mr White said, “We were just really flabbergasted that there’s a camera in the room and it’s plugged up and it’s working.”</p> <p>“I just immediately felt like we had been invaded,” Mrs White added.</p> <p>“Our privacy has been invaded.”</p> <p>After making the shock discovery, the pair informed the cruise company who then asked an employee to remove the camera from the premises.</p> <p>After launching an investigation, the company said that a “video transmitter” was found by the staff on the ship but did not mention if the device was connected to a power source or if it was able to record, according to a report by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usatoday.com/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em></a>.</p> <p>Carnival has alerted US Customs and Border Protection and has also given the transmitter to the FBI for a more detailed analysis.</p> <p>The incident comes after a young couple came across a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/travel-trouble/the-terrifying-moment-a-couple-make-an-eerie-discovery-inside-their-airbnb" target="_blank">video camera in their Airbnb</a> while visiting Canada. The camera was built into an alarm clock. </p> <p>Has anything like this ever happened to you on holiday? Share your story with us in the comments below. </p>

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Panic as ill passenger opens plane door during flight

<p>Passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight received the shock of their lives after an ill passenger managed to open the cabin door as the plane was taxiing, deploying the emergency slide on the taxiway.</p> <p>The incident occurred as the plane was scheduled to leave Cancun in Mexico for St Louis, Missouri, reported <a href="https://www.foxnews.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Fox News</strong></em></span></a>.</p> <p>One passenger aboard the flight, Andy Karandzieff, explained that the incident started after the passenger vomited.</p> <p>“We were in the front row and a gentleman behind us started throwing up.”</p> <p>Mr Karandzieff said the man then left his seat distressed and began banging on the cockpit door, prompting the crew to reseat him.</p> <p>However, the sick passenger left his seat again and managed to open the cabin door, automatically deploying the emergency slide.</p> <p>According to Fox8, the passenger was also fighting off a flight attendant.</p> <p>Passenger Kathleen Ingham wrote on Facebook: “Thank God for the brave men and women who held him in the plane or he for sure would have been sucked into the engine.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fkathleen.ingham.3%2Fposts%2F2401345276546453&amp;width=500" width="500" height="586" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Police were then called to escort the passenger from the airport and transport him to a hospital.</p> <p>The sick passenger’s mother, who was not on the flight, said the man and his father were returning home after enjoying a trip to Cancun.</p> <p>She suggested that her son may have consumed a drink that had been spiked as he was attacked the night before.</p> <p>The mother explained that her son had been struck on the head after being attacked in his hotel.</p> <p>Passengers on the flight were moved to other flights or given hotel rooms to stay in overnight.</p> <p>What is the scariest thing that has happened to you on a plane? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Coca-Cola's embarrassing vending machine blunder

<p>It’s a pitfall marketing departments must come across regularly, the risk of a message painfully missing the mark, lost in translation.</p> <p>Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is currently feeling the heat over that very pitfall, with some vending machines in the country causing much mirth on social media.</p> <p>The offending slogan on the machines reads: “Kia ora, Mate”. ‘Kia ora’ is a greeting you’ll often hear in New Zealand, but “mate” in te reo Māori means “death”. So the slogan essentially reads “Hello, death.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When the languages don't mix well. <a href="https://t.co/3piZIoptAE">pic.twitter.com/3piZIoptAE</a></p> — Waikato Reo (@waikatoreo) <a href="https://twitter.com/waikatoreo/status/1051264259089264640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 14, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>One of the machines is at Auckland International Airport and is <span>where Gareth Seymour spotted the vending machine.</span></p> <p>"I read with Māori language eyes and thought, ‘They haven't had this checked by a Māori,” he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/10/15/kia-ora-death-vending-machine-slogan-gets-lost-translation" target="_blank">NITV News</a></em>. He suggested the slogan should have read “Kia ora e hoa” or “hello friend”.</p> <p>The response on social media after a shot of the vending machine was posted was merciless.</p> <p>“This reminds me of being back in uni and learning marketing 101,” said one Facebook user.</p> <p>“The coca cola company gains self-awareness?” tweeted another detractor, referencing the potentially dire health effects of Coca-Cola.</p> <p>But the commentary became serious with this comment on social media: “Totally spot on, it does mean death for a lot of Indigenous people.”</p> <p>There are some that have argued that the Māori native tongue and English language commonly mix, and that’s the line Coca-Cola Amatil NZ has taken.</p> <p>"In no way was the ‘mate’ in reference to any Māori word, that would have been inappropriate and unacceptable,” the company said in a statement to <em>NITV News</em>.</p> <p>It said that by merging the two words, it "only meant to bring Maori and English together".</p> <p>"Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand is proudly Kiwi and respects and embraces all aspects of Maori culture and any other culture."</p> <p>The company wouldn’t say, however, whether the Māori community had been consulted on the marketing campaign.</p> <p>Seymour said that, “Even a Māori-speaking school kid would notice the mistake. The moral of [the] story is – if you use it there are ways of doing it right.”</p> <p>What "lost in translation" blunders have you seen? Let us know in the comments section.</p>

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Passenger's “disgusting” pedicure on flight caught on camera

<p>If you think you’ve dealt with awful plane passengers then think again, because it can’t get any worse than this. A passenger has become a viral sensation on social media after footage of her cutting her toenails was released.</p> <p>The woman was caught giving herself a mid-air pedicure and is now being shamed for it through an Instagram account called Passenger Shaming.</p> <p>The account, which is dedicated to exposing terrible passengers, shared the video of the lady buffing her soles with a foot file and trimming her toenails.</p> <p>She also has zero remorse, as she makes no attempt to hide her stomach-churning behaviour.</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/BorS94EB5RY/?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/BorS94EB5RY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">PEDICURES ON PLANES! #happymonday ✈️👣🔪🤷🏼‍♀️😂 #DEADFLYINGSKINFORTHEWIN #passengershaming #flyingfeet #hatchetman • • • #NOPE #instagramaviation #airplaneetiquette #frequentflyer #crewlife #aviation #cabincrew #avgeek #cabincrewlife #flightattendant #flightattendantlife #stewardess #flightattendantproblems #travel #flightattendants #instapassport #aviationgeek #FAlife #airtravel #travelgram #traveltips #pilot #pilotlife #travelling #frequentflier</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/passengershaming/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Passenger Shaming</a> (@passengershaming) on Oct 8, 2018 at 8:06am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Having now been viewed close to 150,000 times, users from all over the world have left their opinions in the comments, and none of them sympathise with the woman in the video.</p> <p>“How [are you] even allowed to do that! Disgusting and I would have raised hell if I were sitting next to her. YUCK!!,” one user wrote.</p> <p>“Are you ****ing kidding me???? I am seriously losing all hope in humanity,” said another.</p> <p>Many wanted to see the woman banned off future flights or be forced to sit with the cargo next time.</p> <p>Do you think this passenger's behaviour is unacceptable? Let us know in the comments below</p>

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Family forget 5-year-old daughter at airport

<p>Reminiscent of the famous film <em>Home Alone</em>, a 5-year-old child was left stranded at an airport after her parents forgot to take her with them.</p> <p>The child was abandoned at Stuttgart Airport, which is claimed to be one of Germany’s busiest locations, on Monday.</p> <p>Police say that travellers noticed the young girl wandering around with no accompanying adult as she looked confused and lost.</p> <p>While countless announcements were made through the airport's intercom system, her parents failed to show up to retrieve their daughter.</p> <p>Authorities had no other choice but to take the child to the police station where they received a phone call from her concerned mother.</p> <p>When asked how the situation managed to happen, she explained that after coming home from a family holiday, the couple headed home in two separate cars.</p> <p>According to police, both parents were under the assumption that the other had their daughter.</p> <p>“The five-year-old was eventually safely picked up by her father,” said a police spokesperson.</p> <p>The sequence of events reminded those online of the film <em>Home Alone</em>, where a child by the name of Kevin McCallister is left alone in New York after his parents forget to take him to Paris with them.</p> <p>“Honey, are the children with you? A simple and self-explanatory sentence!” said one social media user.</p> <p>“This can happen to any mother who knows how lively children can be. People who have no children should not have a say here. No mother does this deliberately,” said another.</p> <p>Do you think the situation could have been avoided? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Why you should never pick up a dropped smartphone during a flight

<p>Passengers have been reminded to listen carefully to the instructions of cabin crew after a Qantas passenger’s mobile phone caught alight mid-flight.</p> <p>The flight, travelling from Los Angeles to Melbourne yesterday morning, was two hours away from landing when the smell of burnt rubber became apparent around 6am.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Herald Sun</span></em></strong></a><em> </em>reported that cabin crew rushed through the cabin with fire extinguishers, causing confusion among passengers.</p> <p>“Nobody knew what was going on,” a passenger told the publication.</p> <p>“The (flight attendant) was on the internal phone when two male hostesses grabbed fire extinguishers and ran up the stairs to business.”</p> <p>The smell came from a mobile phone that had become crushed in a business class seat.</p> <p>The incident, which nearly forced an emergency landing in Sydney, occurred after the passenger moved the seat to retrieve their dropped phone, crushing the device in the process and causing it to smoulder.</p> <p>However, after 10 minutes cabin crew announced that the situation was under control and the flight would continue to Melbourne.</p> <p>“They didn’t say there was a fire, but … my friend overheard two guys talking at the baggage carousel and said the seat was completely destroyed,” the passenger said.</p> <p>“It was pretty scary … it panicked a few people.”</p> <p>Qantas confirmed the incident and said it showcased why it is crucial to follow the instructions of staff.</p> <p>“Our crew are trained to handle these situations and the crew on-board followed all the correct procedures,” the statement said. </p> <p>“This incident shows why we ask passengers to seek help from our cabin crew in retrieving their mobile phones.”</p> <p>Pre-flight safety videos warn passengers to ask for the help of crew if they need to retrieve an electronic device they’ve dropped.</p> <p>Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said that when seats are adjusted it can damage the device’s volatile lithium battery, causing it to overheat and burst into flames.</p> <p>CASA said the number of such incidents were increasing because of the slimline design of smartphones and the increased power of batteries</p> <p>“Passengers must remember never to move their seat if a phone goes missing while in-flight and to always ask the aircraft cabin crew for assistance,” CASA said in a statement.</p> <p>“If a phone is damaged cabin crew should be alerted immediately.”</p>

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