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“She was so loved”: Grieving parents of baby girl who fell to her death on cruise ship speak out

<p>The grieving parents of baby girl Chloe Wiegand, who fell 45 metres to her death while on board a cruise ship, have revealed exactly what happened the moment the “unfathomable” tragedy occurred.</p> <p>Sitting down with the US version of <em>TODAY</em>, Kimberley and her husband Alan Wiegand described the moment of horror during what was supposed to be a relaxing family holiday.</p> <p>Kimberley Wiegand recounted the tragedy when she realised her daughter had fallen from an open window, hitting the concrete below. That was when she saw Chloe’s grandfather, Sam Anello, crying and banging on the window.</p> <p>“I didn’t know that she went out a window,” she said through tears.</p> <p>“I just saw Sam standing next to the wall of windows just screaming and banging on it. There was somebody from [the cruise ship] they kept trying to stop me. I just kept saying take me to my baby, where is my baby? I didn’t even notice the window,” she said.</p> <p>“I looked over it and it wasn’t water down there; it was concrete. Honestly to lose our baby this way is just unfathomable.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“The first 30 seconds of the day, I don’t remember what happened. And then, it comes back and I relive what happened.” Kimberly Wiegand says of her late 18-month-old daughter, Chloe, who died after falling from a cruise ship <a href="https://t.co/VNoQ2RzvAC">pic.twitter.com/VNoQ2RzvAC</a></p> — TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1153269641147506688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“She could get anybody to smile… I just know that she was destined to do such great things, but even in her short life, I truly believe she changed so many lives.” Kimberly Wiegand says of her 18-month-old daughter, who died after falling from a cruise ship <a href="https://t.co/vLtQQ5xwb1">pic.twitter.com/vLtQQ5xwb1</a></p> — TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1153270096850276354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">“We have a lot of questions – primarily, ‘Why is there an open window in the kids’ play area 11 stories off the ground?’” Kimberly Wiegand, mother of 18-month-old Chloe, who died after falling from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship <a href="https://t.co/CaN2AZNnjS">pic.twitter.com/CaN2AZNnjS</a></p> — TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/1153270932795998208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">22 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The couple spoke candidly about the unthinkable tragedy when they realised their one-year-old daughter had passed away, saying Mr Anello had been “very, very distraught” ever since.</p> <p>“You can barely look at him without crying, she was his best friend,” said Alan.</p> <p>Kimberley said the memory of her daughter lives on forever, but despite it all, she was forced to face flashbacks of the incident every morning when she woke up.</p> <p>“The first 30 seconds of the day, I don’t remember what happened. And then, it comes back and I relive what happened,” she said. “The thing that I latch onto is her memory, she just exuded love.”</p> <p>The grieving parents also have a few questions of their own, one of which is, “Why is there an open window in the kids’ play area 11 stories off the ground?”</p> <p>They spoke fondly of their daughter, who they said was “so loved” and enjoyed gardening and watching her brother play hockey.</p> <p>“She could get anybody to smile … I just know that she was destined to do such great things, but even in her short life, I truly believe she changed so many lives.”</p>

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Google Maps fail leads nearly 100 drivers to an empty field

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly 100 Colorado drivers were misled by Google Maps last week as a car crash on the road leading to Denver International Airport caused the app to provide people with a detour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a rush to get to the airport on time for their flights, many went via a narrow dirt road suggested by the app.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/google-maps-detour-colorado-trnd/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, cars began sliding down the dirt road, which turned into a muddy mess.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some cars got stuck, which caused a traffic jam.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There were a bunch of other cars going down (the dirt road) too, so I said, ‘I guess it’s OK.’ It was not OK,” one driver, Connie Monsees, told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you were on the dirt road, there was nowhere to make a U-turn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The question is, why did Google send us out there to begin with? There was no turning back once you were out there,” Connie said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She ended up with a semi-damaged vehicle and two extra passengers, as she kindly offered two others a lift to the airport.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Google Maps addressed the situation in a statement to </span><a href="https://abcnews.go.com/US/google-maps-shortcut-colorado-turns-muddy-mess-hundred/story?id=63946068"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving.” </span></p>

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“Disgusting”: Passenger’s horror flight habit leaves travellers squeamish

<p>An airline passenger’s unhygienic albeit unique way of browsing through the in-flight entertainment has left fellow travellers feeling rather uncomfortable.</p> <p>Most people use their hands or a remote to swipe through the various options on offer, but one man was filmed using his toes instead.</p> <p>Author Alafair Burke took to Twitter to share the bizarre clip on Tuesday, captioning it: “My friend who doesn’t have Twitter sent this from her flight. It belongs on Twitter.”</p> <p>Alafair then added: “The photographer confirms she saw him walk on and off the plane, carrying his own bag. He just likes to watch TV with his bare feet.”</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the post to gain traction with the viral video gaining 27,000 retweets and 133,000 likes as users around the world felt disturbed.</p> <p>“Just another confirmation of how disgusting people are,” wrote one person.</p> <p>“Ya’ll don’t bathe your feet so this is violence,” said another.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Everyone: “YOU CANT CALL THE COPS, WE’RE IN THE SKY!” <br /><br />Me, regardless: <a href="https://t.co/ScKl9Yyaeb">pic.twitter.com/ScKl9Yyaeb</a></p> — X (@XLNB) <a href="https://twitter.com/XLNB/status/1150914202103455744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">15 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Just another confirmation of how disgusting people are.</p> — irwin (@IrwinFletcher72) <a href="https://twitter.com/IrwinFletcher72/status/1150981770566885377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, others used this opportunity to educate the masses as to why they should sanitise all surfaces before take-off.</p> <p>“This is why my wife wipes everything down at her seat,” one commented. “Including the screen!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">This is why my wife wipes everything down at her seat. Including the screen!</p> — Fergz (@valorousman) <a href="https://twitter.com/valorousman/status/1150963332624465920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Next flight, I will bring a small clorox+febreeze+ lyson wipes, all 3 on 1, to clean tha screen. I don't care if it's not the same seat number or the screen is on the top of the seat. 🤢</p> — Humberto Contasta (@HContasta) <a href="https://twitter.com/HContasta/status/1150966391866105856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Next flight, I will bring a small clorox + febreeze + lyson wipes, all 3 in 1, to clean that screen,” vowed a second user. “I don’t care if it’s not the same seat number or the screen is on the top of the seat.”</p> <p>But one Twitter user commended the passenger for his feet navigation skills, pointing out that this is not the first time he’s done this.</p> <p>“He is clearly practiced at this too, look how adept he is,” they said.</p> <p>Another person posted a reminder about how our hands are just as dirty as our feet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">You fools, you nincompoops, for believing their fingers are any more sanitary than their feet. This human being was just in an Airport, nothing about them is clean</p> — Kyle 🌱 (@KylePlantEmoji) <a href="https://twitter.com/KylePlantEmoji/status/1150938571596951552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“You fools, you nincompoops, for believing our fingers are more sanitary than their feet,” he wrote. “This human being was just in an airport, nothing about them is clean.”</p>

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Woman left $2,500 out of pocket over a broken nail on US holiday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Sydney woman has been left with a shocking bill that has left insurance companies warning travellers about the costs of getting injured in the United States.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rachael Minaway, 32, arrived with her friend in Honolulu and hadn’t checked into their hotel before breaking her acrylic nail in a glovebox.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had a late check-in, so we headed straight for the beach, and we were so excited to run out of the car and get into the water,” Ms Minaway told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travellers-stories/aussie-tourist-forced-to-fork-out-2500-after-breaking-a-nail-on-american-holiday/news-story/513292ca5fe39393de734dfd34117743"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were packing away the GPS in the glovebox, and I was being too quick and smashed my fingernail between the dashboard and the glovebox, and it cracked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t think it was a big deal at all, it’s happened to all of us before.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her and her friend searched for medical centres to help them out with the issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We typed in ‘medical centre’ in the GPS and I guess in Hawaii they call hospitals ‘medical centres’ because it directed us to the closest emergency room,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At that point my hand was really hurting, and we thought, OK, they’ll just tell us what to do. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We just wanted to get back to our trip. And I was wasting my friend’s time for a fingernail, it was so silly.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The doctor at the hospital said that it would be best to remove the fingernail, which she agreed to if she could undergo a local anaesthetic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was so painful, I did not want to feel him ripping it off,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But we were taking photos and laughing through it, I honestly did not expect it to be a big deal.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was all fun and games until the pair were presented with the bill of $1,200. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had to pay it on the spot,” she said. “I told them we’d only just landed, I hadn’t even checked in my luggage at the hotel. But they wouldn’t let us leave without paying it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, she was inundated with more bills from the hospital after returning home to Sydney.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I remember emailing them after the first one and saying, ‘No, sorry, I’ve already paid for this’, but the invoices were for different things. They kept finding new things to bill me for. After a few months I regretted giving them my real address.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was pretty upsetting. I was six months pregnant at that point, and I kept thinking, imagine if didn’t have insurance and actually had to pay for all this myself.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She was telling her story to warn other travellers about heading to the United States.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’d heard about how in America they don’t have Medicare like us, but I never expected (the cost) to be this outrageous for something this tiny,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel so sorry for those people who go over there (to the US) and wind up with massive medical bills,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You have no idea what’s going to happen.”</span></p>

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Duchess Camilla’s helicopter near “seconds from disaster”

<p>New reports have claimed a helicopter carrying the Duchess of Cornwall was just “seconds away from disaster” twice in the same year.</p> <p>The allegations have said Duchess Camilla was travelling in Sikorsky S76 from the Queen's Flight when the aircraft veered away to avoid mid-air collisions while flying with the 71-year-old.</p> <p>The royal was being flown from Sandringham to her home in Wiltshire when the alleged incident occurred.</p> <p>The second incident happened while the helicopter was getting ready to land 45 minutes after the first event and had to make yet another manoeuvre to avoid a glider.</p> <p>The pilot reportedly said he was fortunate enough to have spotted the glider from half a mile away as he had “been flying into the sun.”</p> <p>These alleged incidents have been reported in the UK Aiprox Board Reports and happened on July 25, 2018 after the Duchess visited the Sandringham Flower Show with her husband, Prince Charles.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales is believed to have been in Norfolk when the events reportedly took place and Duchess Camilla boarded the flight to Anmer Hall.</p> <p>The helicopter took flight at 1.11 pm and later an air traffic controller RAF Marham, Norfolk said the risk of collision had been “high.”</p> <p>The report by UK Aiprox Board found the DHC-6 pilot should have informed RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk of the two incidents on Duchess Camilla’s flights however he forgot due to it being his eight flight of the day.</p> <p>RAF Marham reportedly informed RAF Lakenheath to remind other aircraft to keep away from the Royal Flight.</p> <p>RAF Lakenheath made “numerous” attempts to contaxt the DHC-6 pilot, who failed to respond as he was “distracted by passengers in the back.”</p> <p>Buckingham Palace and Skydive Chatter declined to comment to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7244703/Camillas-helicopter-swerve-avoid-collisions-TWICE-one-hour-flew-home.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail.</a></p>

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Shocking photo reveals BIG problem with Uluru: “It makes me sick"

<p>A shocking new photo has emerged of the hordes of tourists who are trying to climb Uluru before it officially closes.</p> <p>A photo was taken at the base of Uluru which shows the amount of people trying to climb it. The picture shows a queue of people snaking up the landmark, as hundreds are arriving daily to climb it before the deadline of October 26.</p> <p>The traditional landowners, known as the Anangu people, and Alice Springs locals say that the impact of the tourists has been “the busiest they’ve seen it”.</p> <p>“There’s cars parked for one kilometre on either side of the road leading up to the carpark at the base,” an unnamed photographer who supplied the photo to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-10/uluru-climb-closure-breaking-point-overflow-tourists-waste/11296256" target="_blank">ABC Alice Springs </a>said.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FABCAliceSprings%2Fphotos%2Fa.10150105317457671%2F10156406196652671%2F%3Ftype%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="682" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>About 140 people were climbing the rock each day when the ban was announced in 2017, but those numbers have skyrocketed to between 300 to 500 people per day as the ban approaches.</p> <p>Stephen Schwer, chief executive of Tourism Central Australia, has told the ABC that tourists are trespassing, camping illegally and dumping rubbish on private lands.</p> <p>“(Tourists) think they’re doing a good thing by free camping along the way; what they are actually doing is trespassing on pastoralist and joint-managed and protected land, and a lot of people don’t seem to be getting that message,” Mr Schwer said.</p> <p>“When there is the kind of influx of drive travel as we are seeing at the moment, there is an influx of waste.”</p> <p>Lindy Severin, the owner of Curtin Springs station, which is about 100 kilometres away from Uluru, has said thousands of tourists travelling in caravans have been dumping their toilet tanks onto the roads.</p> <p>“There are limited areas to dispose of black waste in Central Australia — it’s either Alice [Springs] or Ayers Rock near here — and we’ve got visitors who don’t want to stand in queues to dump waste,” Ms Severin told the ABC.</p> <p>“There’s just rubbish everywhere, [including] used toilet paper.”</p> <p>Traditional landowners are devastated at the amount of people rushing to climb Uluru before the cut-off date, despite the common knowledge that climbing Uluru is deeply offensive.</p> <p>“It makes me sick looking at this photo at the disrespect and disregard shown for the traditional owners’ wishes,” said a spokesperson from the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/anger-as-tourists-swarm-uluru-as-climb-closure-date-approaches/news-story/719341af223311e97e9f84f66c52e824" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>“Not only do people climb it but they defecate, urinate and discard nappies and rubbish on it.</p> <p>“I for one cannot wait for the climb to be permanently closed and our sacred lore, culture and traditions to be acknowledged and respected.”</p>

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Hidden camera technology is booming: What this means for your privacy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With stories about people finding hidden cameras and other technology in their AirBnb’s and apartment rentals, some people are curious as to why and where the hidden technology boom has come from.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bruce Baer Arnold, an associate professor of law and justice at Canberra University, told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/security/a-boom-in-hidden-camera-tech-makes-it-difficult-to-spot-devices-and-the-law-is-complex/news-story/59ec9bbef84ed22748429647ae7a4414"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> his thoughts on the matter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Fifteen years ago, the technology that was available was expensive and a bit quirky and was mostly bought by law enforcement, private investigators and uber geeks.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He added, “But we’re seeing the Kmart effect where availability has boomed and prices have fallen, so now anybody can get their hands on them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some of the objects that are able to conceal cameras include hats, fake car key fobs, watches, picture frames, wall clocks, television remotes, notebooks and music speakers. Some of the technology also has hidden video recorders inside them, so that the footage can be looked at later.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Depending on what you’re after and what website you buy it from, it could set you back $20 or $168.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">University of Technology Sydney law professor Kristopher Wilson says that this is a real problem for privacy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We don’t have any real standards or control mechanisms for the development and sale of these devices,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s an issue for cyber security as well as privacy. There’s a plethora of flow-on effects from this.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although stories of technology being found in apartment rentals are nothing new, there are more sinister uses for the hidden technology.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“An emerging problem is ‘cyber gaslighting’ where these kind of devices are being used in domestic violence situations,” Mr Wilson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It might be a husband who installs them to monitor his wife’s movements to harass and intimidate. It’s a relatively new phenomenon.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Baer Arnold says that context was key when it comes to determining the legality of using the devices, which again, raises a host of issues.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The big issue we’ve got is that the law is so profoundly inconsistent between the states and territories. And then there are cases where a potential offence would be dealt with by Commonwealth laws.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s all a bit rocky, and some of the laws have been shown to be outdated. We’ve had instances in the past where an invasion of privacy with a video recording was deemed fine because the sound was off. That’s a bizarre situation.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it seems like the law will consistently be playing catch up. Dr Baer Arnold believes that restricting the sale of the technology won’t help matters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Like all technology, it can be used for good and it can be used for bad,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Take drone technology. Drones can protect the environment and help in emergencies. They can also be used to spy and to kill. It’s about context. Just restricting something doesn’t work.”</span></p>

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Pilots reveal their scariest stories while flying

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pilots have taken to the internet to share their stories behind the flights. They shared their stories with </span><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12239732"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Zealand Herald</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Muffingrinder was up first and shared a story about their father. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Not me but my dad, first years with Delta Airlines in the ‘90s as a navigator (back when they still had them) he was working a flight crossing the Atlantic and a passenger died (nothing dramatic, he was old and had a heart condition).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This particular plane had a gap between a wall and a row of seats so my dad had to be the one to move the body there and cover it with a blanket. Some people were bound to notice but a portion of the plane didn’t know until all the drama that ensued when they pulled up to the gate.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Redditor Giftofnarwhals reminds us why fear of flying is a valid fear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I used to work with elderly people and one of my clients was a former pilot that finally quit when he realised in the middle of a flight his dementia had progressed and he couldn’t remember where he was supposed to be flying to. Meaning he had been flying for a commercial airline with dementia for quite some time before that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TopGun966 shared a story from when they were a 14-year-old student pilot. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A few minutes before I was about to call for permission, my instructor goes really quiet. I looked over at him and he looked really bad. I thought he was going to puke so looking for a bag. But then I notice he isn’t breathing,” they said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I figure out where I am at and call up Detroit approach. I declare a medical emergency and that my instructor was not breathing. I also told them I am a student and never landed on my own before, and never in a large airport. Detroit approach was amazing at helping me.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Anyway, did my approach and made the most butter smooth landing I have ever made in my life (even till this day). Ambulance was right there on the taxi waiting for me. Turns out my instructor (who was only 25) had a heart attack. He ended up being OK.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sometimes, passengers overhear some things that they wish they hadn’t.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Flight was fine until we passed the mountain range just north of the airport. From that point on it was like a bad rollercoaster. Most of us passengers were white knuckling it, except for my infant son who laughed at every lurch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was one of the last people off the plane because I was having to haul the baby and his carseat off, and either the pilot or co-pilot came off behind me with a flight attendant, and one said to the other ‘I wasn’t sure we were going to make it down in one piece.’ Not something I wanted to overhear.”</span></p>

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Passenger divides internet over seat complaint on flight: "Ridiculous"

<p>A man has been slammed as “entitled” and “ridiculous” after posting a complaint about airplane seat-swapping on his social media account.</p> <p>On Sunday, Australian journalist Daniel Brettig shared on Twitter that he asked a fellow passenger to exchange seats with him so that he could sit next to his girlfriend.</p> <p>Brettig explained that it was the last day the couple would see each other for two and a half months.</p> <p>However, the “boomer” passenger refused to move “because they wanted to look out the window”, Brettig wrote. “Strong generational metaphor areas, Shane.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">A boomer refused to swap seats on a flight this morning to let my gf and I sit together on the last day before we're apart for 2.5 months - because they wanted to look out the window. Strong generational metaphor areas, Shane</p> — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) <a href="https://twitter.com/danbrettig/status/1145476449551310850?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Brettig’s post was met with a wave of criticism, with many social media users slamming his reaction to the rejection as “spoiled”, “selfish” and “entitled”.</p> <p>“Good. Buy your seat, choose your seat. Don’t ask for someone else’s that they have either earned, chosen or paid for,” one commented.</p> <p>“Window seat is sacred. You should have pre-selected your seats if this time together was so important,” another wrote.</p> <p>“What a ridiculous &amp; self-entitled Tweet. If sitting together is so important yet you can’t be bothered to pre-select seats in advance, whether by paying a fee or otherwise, why should someone else give up their seat for you?” one added.</p> <p>Some pointed out that while the request was reasonable, it was also fair for the fellow passenger to say no.</p> <p>“It’s a reasonable request, but also more than reasonable to have that request rejected. I possibly would have done the same given how I was feeling on the day,” one wrote. “Your lack of organisations is not someone else’s issue.”</p> <p>Another commented, “Nothing wrong in my opinion with asking someone to swap seats, but also nothing wrong in the other person’s right to turn down the request.”</p>

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4 things your flight attendant wishes you knew

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flight attendants all have “that story”, whether it’s about a terrible flight on New Year’s Eve or that time a passenger decided that </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">this</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was the time that they didn’t need an airsickness bag, despite needing one every time previously.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are four things they wish you knew, thanks to </span><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&amp;objectid=12239258"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Zealand Herald</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><strong>1. They know you’re not supposed to sit there</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reddit user and air hostess Zlinerlabs shared their story of entitlement on a flight, saying that, "Every so often we get the odd straggler who boards last who finds a vacant seat in first or business thinking that we won't know that they are from coach."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Notweirdthrowaway had this to say; "Not an attendant but was on a flight with really bad turbulence. It went on for about 10 minutes then the old lady next to me reaches up and presses her button. Attendant walks over to see if the woman is okay, the woman begins to yell at the attendant for the rough flight and that she's been flying her whole life and clearly the pilot has no idea what he's doing. The stewardess just walked away."</span></p> <p><strong>2. They know you’re trying to swing into an upgrade by booking separate seats if you’re a couple</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ConstableBlimeyChips is an attendant and this is their pet peeve; "A type of behavior I've unfortunately seen too much of: Couple will book separate seats, the man in a premium economy seat with extra leg room, the woman in a normal economy seat. The woman will then play the sad sack and ask another passenger to give up their comfy seat so they can sit together. If the other passenger refuses (usually because they paid extra and literally don't fit in a regular seat), some will even complain to the crew. And all this to save a few bucks on the second Premium seat."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Doc_Choc: "I never understand the logic of this and how it works on anyone. I've been the random person in a premium seat a few times, and when asked I decline and tell them they'd probably have more luck if the person in the premium seat traded theirs away. They always act like they hadn't thought of that and then move on to someone they hope is an easier mark. I can't imagine how I'd react if someone tried to get the staff to move me."</span></p> <p><strong>3. Please wear shoes while being on your flight </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although some of you like to walk around the cabin barefoot when the flight is in the middle of its journey, these stories might have you reconsidering that option.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Please do not ever walk into a toilet with bare feet. I promise you, 9 times out of 10, that is not water on the floor," writes Reddit user HausofDarling.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The toilets are often absolutely disgusting and get deep cleaned only at the end of a route... For us this could be from one side of the world to the other... imagine how lovely they are at the end of a 12 hour flight with 200 people using them."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seeyou_never adds: "So many incidents occur on the plane that everyday passengers don't see or consider. My last flight an elderly man accidentally shit on the floor, stepped in it, and walked on like it was nothing. Pee and poop happens, all over. I feel like I witness an 'accident' regularly; in their seat or in the lav. People get nose bleeds, or their wounds open. Obviously when we land, it is thoroughly cleaned. But in-flight our resources are limited. DON'T CHANGE YOUR BABY'S DIAPER ON THE TRAY TABLE. This also happens all the time. It's unsanitary and people use the tray table to eat!"</span></p> <p><strong>4. You’re not going to like what the code “HUM” stands for</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although you think you’re just travelling with luggage and other human beings, that might not always be the case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Usually, the only people who know are the flight deck (pilots) and the manager/senior crew member. Dead bodies, organs, blood are obvious ones, but we also carry everything right up to Formula One car parts, exotic animals, marble tables, oversized televisions … everything.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“HUM” is the code for human remains and the cargo most aircrew dread, said user Rosiulia who worked in the “booking department” of a long-haul airline.</span></p>

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The verdict is in: People don’t want babies on flights

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The results are in: People don’t want babies on flights anymore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new survey conducted by insurance company </span><a href="https://www.insureandgo.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">InsureandGo</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">asked 1,100 Australian parents how old a child should be before it was OK for them to be taken on-board domestic and international flights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It turns out that Australians have some pretty strong opinions about the appropriate age children should be taken on a flight as well as whether or not cabins should be “baby-free zones”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About 60 per cent of people said domestic flights were not suitable for children aged under one year old, and 76 per cent said the same about international flights. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The overwhelming majority of people said it was not acceptable for newborns to fly domestically (87 per cent) and internationally (92 per cent).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The strict stance seems to be for newborns only as people generally got more relaxed about older children flying. Only a quarter of people said that domestic flights were not okay for children aged five and up.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About 45 per cent of people said that kids under five shouldn’t be on international flights and 14 per cent said that children should be at least 12 before travelling internationally.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">InsureandGo</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> spokesman Jonathan Etkind said that from a health and wellbeing point, heading overseas provides children with unique threats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This can take the form of anything from infections and diseases that may be present in the country to which you’re travelling, to the pain children sometimes feel due to cabin pressure at the takeoff and landing of your flight,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people still maintain that they don’t want to be disturbed by children while flying.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another survey said that 52 per cent of travellers thought that families and children should be grouped together in a separate section of the plane.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others explained their reasoning saying that they’d pay more for a flight to sit in a child-free area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some believe there should be a separate aeroplane cabin for those travelling without children but I will do you one better — there should be an entire AIRLINE that guarantees child-free travel,” one Twitter user said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another person added: “There are child-free hotels, why not child-free flights?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">IndiGo, an Indian airline, has already introduced “child-free zones” to some of its services in response to this demand.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t expect this on international airlines however, as Tracey Stewart from Airfarewatchdog said that it would cause an outrage.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s probably hard for parents to be super objective for this stuff. Whenever this comes up, people get so upset about it,” she told </span><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/child-free-zones-on-airplanes-becomes-growing-movement-2018-2?r=US&amp;IR=T"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Business Insider</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It would be great if an American carrier would give it a shot, but I would be surprised if anyone takes it on.”</span></p>

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"I was in shock": Woman kicked off flight for wearing revealing top

<p>A woman has been banned from her flight for wearing a revealing shirt.    </p> <p>Harriet Osborne, 31, told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9397738/mum-kicked-off-easyjet-flight-low-cut-top/" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em> that she was unable to board her easyJet flight at Malaga airport in Spain because of the shirt she was wearing.</p> <p>Osborne was wearing a partially see-through top without a bra on but had nipple covers on.</p> <p>Osborne explained her experience on the plane.</p> <p>“The crew were horrible and made me feel cheap. This air hostess confronted me in front of the whole plane and said I wasn’t allowed on in that top.</p> <p>“She said to me, ‘Oh no, move to the side,’ and tried to cover me up with my hands.</p> <p>“She said, ‘You’re not coming on my plane like that — you need to put a top on’.</p> <p>Despite Osborne switching shirts with a friend and wearing a jumper, she was unable to board her flight.</p> <p>“Then she ordered me off the plane, so of course I put a top on. When I tried to get back on she turned to the ground crew and said, ‘She’s not coming on my plane’.</p> <p>“I was escorted away from the aircraft. I was in shock. It was so sexist.</p> <p>“I just burst out crying. We had to walk back through the terminal where Spanish police stopped to question us. They were baffled when I told them why we’d been kicked off.”</p> <p>However, EasyJet have confirmed the incident and explained their side of the story.</p> <p>“We can confirm that a passenger travelling from Malaga to Stansted on 23 June was unable to travel due to behaving disruptively.</p> <p>"Following concerns about her clothing, crew politely requested that the customer wear an additional top for the flight which the customer agreed to.</p> <p>"However, she then proceeded to act disruptively towards a member of our crew.</p> <p>“Our cabin and ground crew are trained to assess all situations and to act quickly and appropriately. We do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour towards our staff.”</p>

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Mysterious “blob” 130 kms wide causes confusion amongst meteorologists

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A “blob” that appeared on the US National Weather Service’s radar had meteorologists worried as they thought it was a massive storm on the way.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mass, which was about 130 kilometres wide went over San Diego County in Southern California.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, on closer inspection, it appeared to be a massive swarm of ladybugs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meteorologist Joe Dandrea told </span><a href="https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ladybugs-on-radar-20190604-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Los Angeles Times</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the ladybugs were spread throughout the sky and flew at an altitude of between 1500 kilometres and 2700 kilometres.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most concentrated group was about 16 kilometres wide. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t think they’re dense like a cloud,” he said. “The observer there said you could see little specks flying by.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The large echo showing up on SoCal radar this evening is not precipitation, but actually a cloud of lady bugs termed a "bloom" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CAwx?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CAwx</a> <a href="https://t.co/1C0rt0in6z">pic.twitter.com/1C0rt0in6z</a></p> — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSSanDiego/status/1136115889516867586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As California is home to about 200 species of ladybugs, it’s not yet known what type of ladybugs were causing the phenomenon.</span></p>

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“Rip off”: Furious tourists charged $141 for 8 soft drinks

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A group of tourists were left agitated after being charged €82 ( $NZD141) for seven soft drinks and a milkshake after visiting a restaurant in Rhodes, Greece.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This seems to be a common theme as of late with tourists getting stung with higher-than-expected food bills while travelling on holiday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vikki Scott shared her experience at The Gate in Old Rhodes Town on Facebook.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Went to The Gate restaurant in Old Rhodes Town for a drink,” she wrote on Facebook.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The bill for eight soft drinks was €82 — €14 ($NZD 24) for a milkshake!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I confronted him and all he could say was ‘thank you lady’ people like him should not be allowed to rip off tourists,” the post said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On our way back he posed for the photo until he realised who I was then he followed me down the street telling me I couldn’t take his photo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Please share this especially in Rhodes sites to stop others getting ripped off!”</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fvikki.scott.961%2Fposts%2F2309378365951441&amp;width=500" width="500" height="764" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some people were quick to comment on the post saying that it was unfair for restaurants to charge that much.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“All I can say is have your wits about you. Many places rip off the tourists,” one commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another agreed saying: “Easy money for them. I would have asked for a proper till receipt. No receipt no pay.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, some felt it was up to the patrons to be smart.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Check the menu prices — otherwise only yourself to blame!” one commented.</span></p>

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The 4 most dangerous travel routes revealed around the world

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shipping company 1st Move International has utilised data from the Aviation Safety Network and the World Health Organisation to figure out what the most dangerous travel routes are around the globe.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some of them will surprise you. </span></p> <p><strong>1. Yungas Road, Bolivia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This road is commonly referred to as “The Death Road” and clings to the Bolivian mountainside. With sheer drops, frequent mudslides and terrifyingly narrow sections, the road is responsible for up to 300 deaths a year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it’s an essential shipping route for locals and businesses so they must use the road.</span></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/BHVhEG0Dmoo/" 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/BHVhEG0Dmoo/" target="_blank">uno mas from the death road, as I sit on the toilet in Peru battling food poisoning 💩 #deathtoilet</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/lukegram/" target="_blank"> Luke Gram</a> (@lukegram) on Jul 1, 2016 at 3:48pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This route along China is 2,028 kms and is littered with lofty segments and dissects through a staggering 14 of the highest mountains between Changdu and Lhasa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Complete with unexpected landslides and multiple potholes, the route is one that truck drivers take regularly. There are also sharp mountain-side hair pins making travelling along the single-track sections in bad weather challenging for those who are inexperienced.</span></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/BaEJFBQg8Ra/" 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/BaEJFBQg8Ra/" target="_blank">Between Lhasa and Chengdu lies the famous Sichuan-Tibet Highway. The 2,142 kilometre-long road is prone to earthquake-triggered landslides that can cause traffic disruption, affecting the livelihoods of many living in the region. Despite all, it promises to be a breath-taking route for the adventurous. 📸 by Research Fellow Shi Xuhua.</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/earthobservatorysg/" target="_blank"> Earth Observatory of Singapore</a> (@earthobservatorysg) on Oct 10, 2017 at 3:48am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>3. The Canning Stock Route, Australia</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Canning Stock Route spans over three deserts in Australia: The Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert and the Great Sandy Desert. The route attracts rev-heads who are keen for a 4WD adventure, but the sandy stretch is paved with graves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The road stretches over 1,700 kilometres and the track was created in 1910 to connect a string of wells. It’s recommended that you allow at least 21 days for this extreme outback journey.</span></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/BYJ3-BhBTcx/" 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/BYJ3-BhBTcx/" target="_blank">A post shared by Gavin Gillett (@gavin.gillett)</a> on Aug 23, 2017 at 4:11pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>4. Bermuda Triangle, Bermuda</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although the destination is now a hot-spot for tourists, this region in the North Atlantic Ocean is well known all over the world due to people disappearing in the region.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the years, an alarming rate of ships and planes have vanished without a trace, but is still a very popular route around the world.</span></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/BynUhoshoR6/" 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/BynUhoshoR6/" target="_blank">Surfs Up 🤙🏾 Happy Hump day! 📸 @princessbermuda #bermuda #summer #bermudasummers #ptix #surfsup #wednesdaywaves</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/ptixbm/" target="_blank"> Ptix | Premier Tickets Limited</a> (@ptixbm) on Jun 12, 2019 at 8:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Woman's "disgusting" find in airplane food

<p>A woman nearly “threw up” after she discovered mould in her airplane food.</p> <p>Jamie Lunde was travelling with United Airlines from Denver to Los Angeles when she ordered a US$10 (AU$14.45) tapas box on the flight as a snack.</p> <p>After taking a few bites off the hummus, she found that the food item was covered with mould.</p> <p>“I started eating it before I completely removed the foil on top. Almost threw up when I saw the mold!” Lunde wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of the tainted dip.</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/ByjPGfHgaNC/" 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/ByjPGfHgaNC/" target="_blank">I purchased this Tapas box last night on United flight 1613. I started eating it before i completely removed the foil on top. Almost threw up when I saw the mold! When I brought it to their attention they took my card to refund me, did not take away the molded hummus and find out today they charged me twice!! #unitedairlines #unitedsucks #mold #hummus #tapas #foodpoisoning #airplanefood #passengershaming #shamefull</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/tjlunde123/" target="_blank"> Jamie Lunde</a> (@tjlunde123) on Jun 10, 2019 at 6:11pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The passenger shared that the cabin crew failed to take the food away and refund her.</p> <p>“When I brought it to their attention they took my card to refund me, did not take away the molded hummus and find out today they charged me twice!!”</p> <p>The pack of hummus was included in the tapas box alongside almonds, bread sticks, bruschetta, dark chocolate, crackers and olives.</p> <p>Instagram users expressed disgust over the finding. </p> <p>“Flying is a joke these days,” one commented.</p> <p>“That is terrible!!! #unitedairlines fix this,” another added.</p> <p>“Disgusting,” someone else wrote.</p> <p>A United Airlines spokesperson told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/9279021/passenger-mouldy-flight-houmous-snack/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>: “We are sorry to hear that on this occasion the food product was not up to our usual high standard.</p> <p>“We have reached out to the customer directly to apologise and will review this matter with our catering supplier.”</p>

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Photo to die for: Why are tourists risking their lives for the perfect selfie?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For some, taking risky selfies is part of the fun while they’re travelling. This is the case for Ivan Beerkus and Angela Nikolaus, who love taking some of the world’s most “extreme” selfies among the world’s tallest buildings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They recently told Seven’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunday Night</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> why they do it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s really hard to explain, the … freedom, and, uh, it’s adrenaline. It’s, uh, something special. I feel heart beating. I feel my legs shaking, so … Yeah, it’s incredible … incredible feeling,” they explained.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">In a world hooked on social media, people are taking risks to impress their followers. More people have died from selfies in the past 5 years than sharks. This week, <a href="https://twitter.com/angelacox7news?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AngelaCox7News</a> discovers the lengths people are going to to get that “killer” shot. Sunday 8:30pm on <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel7</a>. <a href="https://t.co/ypCo8fs9Oa">pic.twitter.com/ypCo8fs9Oa</a></p> — Sunday Night (@SundayNightOn7) <a href="https://twitter.com/SundayNightOn7/status/1124220905314508800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not only is it the quest for the ultimate selfie, it’s also become a lucrative business for Ivan and Angela as it drives clicks and advertising revenue from their large fanbase.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We make enough for living beautiful life, for travel a lot. So, now we want to buy apartments in Moscow, so … we live beautiful. We like it, yeah.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The duo aren’t the only ones who enjoy the risk associated with these selfies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">26-year-old Scott David-Ingram was recently caught scaling a building on the Gold Coast in Queensland.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was scary, but it was worth the shot,” he said to </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/why-tourists-are-dying-for-the-perfect-selfie/news-story/27baf60b80a39367acb8bb8ea6d8e7a6"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunday Night</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “I try not to sweat. That’s probably one of the main things, is sweating, because sweaty hands — you’ll slip. And you’re gone.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For some families, they’ve lost loved ones due to these risky selfies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">US tourist Gavin Zimmerman slipped and fell while posing for a selfie on a cliff south of Sydney.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His father had no idea of his son’s passing until there was a knock on the door.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t hear anything for a half-hour … we said ‘well he’s busy’, and that kind of thing. And then I said, ‘I’ll talk to you next week, bud. Love ya’, and then we get the knock on the door a few hours later …”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Dr Joanne Orlando, more than 250 deaths have been attributed to deadly “selfies” since 2005.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Around 80,000 images get uploaded to Instagram every 60 seconds,” Dr Orlando says, “so there’s massive competition. How do you get noticed? </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well, you have to upload a photo people are really going to react to. It has to be something quite striking. You know, risky photos. They get a lot of engagement, so they get a lot of likes. They get a lot of comments.”</span></p>

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Brisbane cafe's cruel response to local mum's Facebook review

<p>A war of words has erupted between a local Brisbane cafe and a mum after the mother posted an unfavourable review of the café online<span>.</span></p> <p>Kylie Lindsay left a one-star Google review about Windsor’s Low Road Cafe two days ago after she went there for breakfast with her partner and her 15-month-old son. However, the family were told that the venue did not offer high chairs.</p> <p>Lindsay stated this in her review.</p> <p>“That is okay — we left and went elsewhere and that is their business prerogative,” Ms Lindsay wrote in the review.</p> <p>“However, when I politely commented on their business page that I was disappointed we weren’t able to dine there and support a local business, I was subjected to name calling and told it was my loss.”</p> <p>Lindsay stated that she received a “quirky but OK” response from the café before being “attacked unmercifully” after she sent another response.</p> <p>“You are an a******e, and when questioned you deleted all of your comments,” the cafe hit back in response to Ms Lindsay’s second response on Facebook.</p> <p>“Your profile tells us you’re a racist too. Keep your one star review. We do not need you.”</p> <p>Lindsay spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>The Courier-Mail</em></a> about the incident, saying:</p> <p>“They went to town on me and even complete strangers who dared to stick up for me.”</p> <p>The café owners explained to Lindsay in their original response that they didn’t have high chairs due to the hazard they posed in their small café.</p> <p>“We’ve had accidents where people trip over them. Also people leave them covered in crap and it hurts our feelings,” they wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“As I pointed out to you this morning, you are more than welcome to bring your pram in.”</p> <p>The Low Road Windsor Cafe are known for being “quirky”, which can be seen on their Instagram page.</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/Bv3RckPnRps/" 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/Bv3RckPnRps/" target="_blank">IS THERE ANYTHING SHE CAN'T WRITE?</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/thelowroadwindsor/" target="_blank"> The Low Road Cafe</a> (@thelowroadwindsor) on Apr 4, 2019 at 11:22pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>They replied to Lindsay’s Google review of their establishment two days ago, saying “thanks for your 4,900,000th opinion on the matter”.</p> <p>“You’ve been kicking off on all sorts of social media trying to discredit us because you didn’t get your way, and now you’re here,” the cafe wrote.</p> <p>“We don’t have highchairs. We explained why. We are parents ourselves. Please, for the love of God, have a glass of wine and pop some kind of nurturing essential oil in your diffuser and leave us alone.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/brisbane-cafes-nasty-response-to-facebook-review/news-story/a97de704b0946342dc99b1442bcaecff" target="_blank">News.com.au </a>reached out to the café owners, but a staff member explained that the couple have taken time off. However, a post was made this morning on their Facebook page thanking their customer base for support.</p> <p>“We won’t be talking to any more media about it as we’d be more than happy to move on with our lives and get back to doing what we do best (as soon as we figure out what that is),” they wrote.</p> <p>“We love you all, we love our dumb little cafe and the community you’ve helped us build around it.”</p>

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The sad truth about Mount Everest

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More than three tonnes of trash and at least four dead bodies have been collected from Mount Everest since mid-April, with plenty more to come, according to recent reports.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During a campaign to clean the mountain, which began on April 14 in Nepal, decomposing bodies have been discovered among the rubbish, according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Himalayan Times</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Officials expect that they will remove 11 tonnes of garbage by the end of the 45-day campaign period.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our goal is to extract as much waste as possible from Everest so as to restore glory to the mountain. Everest is not just the crown of the world but our pride,” Dandu Raj Ghimire, Nepal’s tourism director, said, according to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hindu</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Everything on Everest, other than rock and snow, will be brought back,” Tika Ram Gurung, secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said according to The Kathmandu Post. “The goal is to send the message that we should keep this mountain pollution free.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to ABC, 5,200 people have hiked to the top of Mount Everest and another 775 are planning to try it this year.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Several high altitude tourists, Sherpas ascending/descending at death zone of Mt <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Everest?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Everest</a> on 22 May, 2019. <a href="https://t.co/LzeFw6AErk">https://t.co/LzeFw6AErk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Everest2019?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Everest2019</a> <a href="https://t.co/sNoXQsj00o">pic.twitter.com/sNoXQsj00o</a></p> — Everest Today (@EverestToday) <a href="https://twitter.com/EverestToday/status/1132197122646913024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">25 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because the trip is so challenging, some people meet a more harrowing fate, which has claimed the lives of almost 300 climbers. This is due to global warming, as the bodies are now coming to the surface.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting, and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told the news outlet.</span></p>

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Vanished holiday-maker: Search called off for missing woman who fell off cruise ship

<p>The search for a female passenger who reportedly fell overboard a cruise ship into the Mediterranean Sea has officially been called off.</p> <p>The cruise was heading from Cannes in France to Palma de Mallorca in Spain when a 63-year-old Korean passenger fell off the ship on Saturday morning, a cruise line spokesperson told <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/travel/female-passenger-falls-overboard-norwegian-cruise-search-called-off/" target="_blank"><em>PEOPLE</em></a> in a statement.</p> <p>“As soon as the report was made, the authorities were notified and a search and rescue operation ensued,” the statement explained. “The search ceased after several hours, and sadly, the guest was not found.</p> <p>“Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family during this difficult time.”</p> <p>According to reports, the passenger was last seen wearing pink pyjamas. The ship was due to arrive in Palma on Saturday but turned around to search for the missing woman, returning to where she was believed to have fallen off the ship before circling the area.</p> <p>“It took us two hours to get back to the place where they were last seen. We stopped there for four hours to try and find the person,” British passenger Claire Murphy told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9252958/missing-woman-cruise-ship-overboard-search-majorca/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>“They asked everyone on board to help look for that person, so a lot of people were looking out of the windows or were on the edge of the ship but no one could see anything.”</p> <p>The incident added to the growing list of individuals disappearing after going overboard from cruises or ferries. According to a <a rel="noopener" href="http://www.cruisejunkie.com/Overboard.html" target="_blank">website</a> that collects information on missing cruise and ferry passengers and crew, there have been 340 known overboard cases since 2000, averaging to roughly 18 victims per year.</p>

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