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Picture perfect poison: Warning over Melbourne’s bizarre pink lake

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rangers in Melbourne, Australia have issued a warning to tourists against going for a swim in the pink lake to achieve the perfect shot for their social media feeds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melbourne’s new attraction in Westgate Park has people flocking to take photographs of the pink lake, much to the chagrin of rangers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lake turns pink due to replacing the original saltmarsh that was already there.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">When levels of the saltmarsh are higher than normal, along with high temperatures, lots of sunlight and a lack of rain, algae grows in the lake.</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/BxbV7yyH2Pc/" 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/BxbV7yyH2Pc/" target="_blank">A post shared by 🍒 (@paigekimmorley)</a> on May 13, 2019 at 8:05pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The type of algae grows in the lake produces a red pigment according to </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-21/why-does-this-melbourne-lake-turn-pink/10833186"><span style="font-weight: 400;">the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which is called beta carotene. This turns the lake pink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lake is currently pink and is expected to stay this way until later in autumn, where it will return to being blue. This is due to the weather cooling down as well as the increase of rainfall. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People have been warned by the park authorities in Victoria to not come into contact with the water. Despite the algae not being harmful to local wildlife, the same can’t be said for humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake produces the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process and in response to the extremely high salt levels,” Phil Pegler, manager conservation planning and programs at Parks Victoria,</span><a href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> told the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Herald Sun.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In order to protect the sensitive saltmarsh vegetation around the lake, visitors are urged to obey all signage and any barriers in place.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We recommend people avoid coming into contact with the water as it is very saline (salty) so can cause skin irritation.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, this shouldn’t stop people from getting out and exploring nature.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Getting out in nature has proven health and wellbeing benefits. As the lake is currently pink, grab the kids and take them down so they can better understand and appreciate how fragile and beautiful our environment is and hopefully take steps to protect it so future generations can also enjoy it,” explained Pelger.</span></p>

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“Shameless”: Roger Federer fans left speechless over controversy

<p>Fans in Rome were ecstatic when tennis legend Roger Federer announced that he was returning to the clay courts in the Italian Open after a three-year hiatus.</p> <p>Federer took to his Instagram account to let fans know that he would be playing in Italy. The video says:</p> <p>“Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I’m coming back to Rome to play in Italy,” he said.</p> <p>“Can’t wait. It’s so exciting. It’s been too long. I’ll see you there. Ciao tutti. Bye bye.”</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/BxUkTOugJDl/" 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/BxUkTOugJDl/" target="_blank">😃🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🎾</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/rogerfederer/" target="_blank"> Roger Federer</a> (@rogerfederer) on May 11, 2019 at 4:56am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, that joy quickly turned to anger once fans realised that tournament organisers had doubled the ticket prices after the announcement.</p> <p>The tickets have been bumped from €60 to €132 ($96 to $212). The Italian Tennis Federation tried to justify the price bump by saying:</p> <p>“We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play.”</p> <p>But many fans weren’t happy with that explanation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Federer plays the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IBI19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IBI19</a> in Rome. The President of the Italian Federations: "We have doubled the price of tickets for Wednesday, the day Federer will play. We want to reward fans who had bought tickets before they knew Federer would play"<br />That's one way of looking at it</p> — Vanni Gibertini (@vgibertini) <a href="https://twitter.com/vgibertini/status/1127616616244625408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">The most ridiculous reason for a price increase I have evr heard. I mean, if Federer wasn't coming, wouldn't they still prefer to sell the tickets?😂</p> — Timi Tennis (@tennisrambling1) <a href="https://twitter.com/tennisrambling1/status/1127619791378890752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Boo hiss to this tournament for the shameless grifting. It really is adding insult to injury to then try to spin it by saying the motivation was to reward those who'd already bought their tickets. Yuck.</p> — 2centsannandale (@2centsannandale) <a href="https://twitter.com/2centsannandale/status/1127637286332530688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">12 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Federer himself isn’t a fan of the decision either. He recently explained in Rome that it was “disappointing to hear”.</p> <p>“That’s obviously disappointing to hear,” said Federer to <a rel="noopener" href="https://scroll.in/field/923554/disappointing-federer-criticises-italian-open-organisers-for-increasing-ticket-price-of-his-match" target="_blank"><em>Scroll</em></a>.   </p> <p>“They made it in a way like they rewarded the fans who bought tickets earlier, which is sort of strange,” he added, saying there wasn’t anything he could do about it.</p> <p>“Look, I just really hope it doesn’t take away the fact I’m really happy to be here. There’s going to be good crowds hopefully, good atmosphere. I’m pumped up to play well. I mean, my excitement couldn’t be bigger.”</p> <p>Federer explained that his decision to play in Italy is to get more match practice on clay.</p> <p>“I think I was playing well in Madrid, so I just said, again, ‘Let’s come to Rome, a city I like so much as well’.</p> <p>“Madrid is a tough place to play. I felt like playing somewhat maybe more sea level conditions would be good for me. There would be excitement, more excitement than me coming to a practice court in Switzerland,” he said on his last-minute decision to play.</p> <p>“I think this week, then next week in Paris, it’s going to be interesting to see how I play the points, how I do it all.”</p>

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10 things that are considered “extremist tendencies” in China

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A list of “extremist tendencies” has been pulled together in a book called the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian National University’s 2018 China Story Yearbook.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> This book casts a spotlight on China’s disturbing crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The United Nations has said that between one and two million members of China’s Uyghur ethnic minority, who the majority practice Islam, have disappeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Gerry Groot, senior lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Adelaide, told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/having-a-beard-and-owning-a-compass-seen-as-extremist-tendencies-in-china/news-story/d0a2cfcdf1b07c2f9478a6a68f5359a2"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that many of these people have been sent to “vocational-education facilities” and prison following random police checks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of these people will be stuck in there for years and be doing hard labour under the guise of education,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his chapter, he explains that the missing people in Xinjiang are a result of the Chinese Communist Party not knowing how to deal with the country’s religious minorities. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Groot also explains that state “encouragement” of China’s ethnic Han majority to Xinjiang and the reward of intermarriage over decades has dramatically reshaped the ethnic makeup of the region.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ever since the September 11 attacks in 2001, Groot says that the Chinese government has sought to link any unrest among the Chinese Muslims with foreign radical Islamist movements.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s zero interest against changing it within China, it probably has overwhelming support in so far as the average person knows what it’s about,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s almost zero support for Uyghurs among the general population because the Communist Party and, in particular, (Chinese leader) Xi Jinping, have framed these existential crises.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The issue lies with seeing religion and God above the Chinese Communist Party.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So, the party sees religion itself as part of the problem,” Dr Groot said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you believe in god then god is above the party and that’s a problem and they have to be crushed. You can’t have a different moral vision; you can only have a supportive moral vision.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following ten reasons are just some of the 48 reasons you can be sent to an education camp.</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning a tent</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Telling others not to swear</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking with someone who has travelled abroad</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning welding equipment</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Telling others not to sin</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning extra food</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eating breakfast before the sun comes up</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Merely knowing someone who has travelled abroad</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Owning a compass</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arguing with an official</span></li> </ol>

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Hikers rejoice! New trails in North and South Korea are opening

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hardcore hikers are rejoicing as they now have the option to explore the hiking trails that are alongside the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trails just so happen to be near the world’s most heavily armed border that divide North and South Korea, but as a part of South Korea’s Peace Trail project, there are three new trails being built.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Local government has approved three trails within the DMZ buffer, which stretches 4 kilometres wide and 240 kilometres long.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The area where the trails are looking to be built has divided the nations since 1953.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first trail, which is inside Gangwon province on the east side of the Korean Peninsula, opened on the 28</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"United Nations Command (UNC) and the ROK [South Korea] government have demonstrated superb teamwork, collaboration and coordination throughout the entire 'peace trail' process and will continue to do so," said General Robert Abrams, leader of the UNC, in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The ROK military has worked extremely long hours to ensure the success of this very important initiative, while assuring visitors their safety remains paramount."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the DMZ has been closed off to the public for more than six decades, it’s given the wildlife a chance to flourish. The area is home to endangered species, such as rare types of cranes, ducks, deer and mountain goats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to reports from </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/korea-dmz-wildlife-hiking-trails/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, there are more than 6,000 different species of flora and fauna living inside the DMZ.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, hikers will be accompanied by military personnel and be required to wear bullet-proof vests and helmets during the walks.</span></p>

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Warning: Read this before you head on an all-inclusive holiday

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many people love a holiday. However, relaxing can usually come at a cost. That’s why when people see “all-inclusive” when they’re booking their next trip, they can usually be so excited at snagging a deal that they forget to read the fine print.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An “all-inclusive” holiday can mean that accommodation, flight, transfers and food are taken care of without you having to lift a finger. Whilst this might appear perfect on the outside, there’s a hidden “trap” just waiting to be revealed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For example, just because everything is covered in the base cost doesn’t mean you should forgo bringing along spending money. CEO David Baddeley from the Scottish Trust Deed spoke to </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1113156/holidays-2019-holiday-all-inclusive-package-full-board-hidden-cost-debt"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express.co.uk</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about how to avoid some other traps:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said: “It is a total myth that if you have booked an all-inclusive holiday then you no longer must worry about spending money once you are there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Excursions must be accounted for as well as the prospect of leaving the hotel and not being able to return for lunch, for example.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every single year we will have a handful of customers that fall into this trap.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They tend to forget that food and drink may be a major part of your holiday, but it does not account for the whole of your holiday.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baddeley also advised people to set a budget per day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Ensure that you set a budget each day, even if you believe that you will not be leaving the hotel on certain days.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Some can regard the prospect of saving as a little intimidating so before you decide on the amount of spending money you need, look at a typical week on your latest bank statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Calculate food shop, lunches, travel and other regular purchases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You will obviously not be making these purchases on holiday so establish that amount as a jumping off point for you holiday savings.”</span></p>

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Travelling soon? Never do this with electronic items when boarding a flight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many travellers when going on a plane take a variety of electronic items with them, including mobile phones, iPads, laptops, Kindles … the list never ends.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, there is one thing you should never do whilst boarding a plane with your devices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The current travel advice stipulates that you should never travel with any electronic items that have no battery left and cannot be turned on.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/en_au"><span style="font-weight: 400;">British Airways </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">describes essential hand luggage packing tips on their website.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">BA states: “Charge any electrical or battery-powered devices such as phones, tablets, e-books and laptops. Airport security might ask you to switch them on.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is also the case in the USA, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it would not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes unless travellers were able to turn them on at the request of security staff. This was announced in 2014.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was ruled that anyone who had a powerless device would be barred from boarding their US flight and would have to reschedule the flight, even if the passenger offered to give up the item or send it separately.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The UK Department of Transport (DfT) quickly followed suit, saying:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Domestic flights within Australia and New Zealand have not been impacted by this change, but as it affects a wide range of airlines, including British Airways, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates and Delta as well as other carriers that fly to, from and via the UK and US, it’s better to be safe instead of sorry.</span></p>

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Why Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hawaii’s islands and the iconic Waikiki Beach is under threat due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">State politicians have predicted that Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years and are working hard to pass legislation that includes a coastline protection program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This program would cost millions of dollars and is aimed at defending the city from regular tidal inundations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The highest tides of recent years have sent seawater flowing across Waikiki Beach and onto roads and footpaths.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Naturally, this is an alarming scenario for a state that makes its money from beach tourism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The latest data on sea level rise is quite scary and it’s accelerating faster than we ever thought possible,” said state Representative Chris Lee, a Democrat and lead author of a bill calling for the creation and implementation of the shoreline protection plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The loss of coastal property and infrastructure, increased cost for storm damage and insurance, and loss of life are inevitable if nothing is done, which will add a significant burden to local taxpayers, the state’s economy, and way of life,” says Lee’s bill.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bill proposes sinking $USD4 million ($AUD5.6 million) into the program’s development over the next two years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The push for action comes after a state-mandated sea level rise adaptation report was made public. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Research from the report suggested that Hawaii will see a 0.9 metre rise in ocean levels by the end of this century. The research also predicted that more than 6,000 of the state’s buildings and 20,000 people across the islands of Hawaii will experience chronic flooding.</span></p>

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5 tips for safe solo travel

<p>Planning an adventure on your own? Here’s your guide to friend-making, risk-taking and positive thinking while you’re off discovering yourself.</p> <div id="section"> <p><strong>1. Safety</strong></p> </div> <div>Unless you positively invite danger – i.e. strolling around a pitchblack park at 4am with headphones on – travelling alone isn’t actually that risky. The biggest peril is being taken for a ride. Literally, in the case of taxi drivers: always ask for an estimated fare before setting off. Otherwise, try to never look like a tourist; instead, exude assurance.</div> <div> <p>Carry ID and always keep a back-up. Ensure that someone else knows your itinerary and commit to regular contact with them.</p> <p><strong>2. Plan</strong></p> <p>Being alone means you can’t use your cohort’s phone when yours runs out of juice, or rely on them should you lose your wallet.</p> <p>Put emergency systems in place: write down key numbers (friends, hotels, embassies, emergency services), have change for phone boxes and always keep some back-up money in your bag or, better still, in a locker.</p> <p><strong>3. Eating</strong></p> <p><em>Solomangarephobia.</em><span> </span>That’s the official, medical term for a fear of eating alone – a fear that many single travellers have. If you can get over your fear, it is very possible to enjoy the experience.</p> <p>Bring a book to dodge boredom, sit at counters to be less conspicuous or use the opportunity to practice your French or Filipino on a waiter. And scoff all the bread yourself.</p> <p><strong>4. Making friends</strong></p> <p>This is another common and very valid worry when travelling alone: what if no-one likes me? Acquiring new companions is always easier than feared, but still a scary proposition. It helps to look approachable – smile at people, have open body language and lose the sunglasses. Read something interesting to spark conversation, or ask strangers a question.</p> <p>More hands-on tactics include visiting expatriate bars, joining tours or using apps designed to help people make friends, such as Meetup.</p> <p><strong>5. Enjoy it</strong></p> <p>Without realising it, most of us humans are very co-dependent: we worry whether our partner or friend is having a good time, and always balance their needs in decision-making.</p> <p>The joy of solo travel is that you can be entirely selfish: walk at your preferred pace, eat what and when you want, see the sights that interest you, use the entire hotel wardrobe. If you want to skip that museum of tractor history, you can. Take time to appreciate your independence and revel in that freedom.</p> <p>But, however well you plan in advance, things will go wrong. Missed trains, delayed planes, lost luggage, whatever. The trick is not to over-stress it; roll with the punches, laugh at it all, and draw up a new plan. Who knows: maybe Plan B will work out better anyway?</p> <p><em>Written by Richard Mellor. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/activities/five-tips-successful-and-safe-solo-travel">Reader’s Digest</a>. </em><em>For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN93V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> </div> <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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One of the world's biggest airlines collapses

<p>India’s Jet Airways has finally collapsed after months of speculation.</p> <p>The once iconic airline has been struggling for months to stay in business and the announcement follows weeks of questions over the fate of the airline.</p> <p>Jet Airways has failed to secure emergency funding from India’s banks and is suspending all flights.</p> <p>The collapse of Jet Airways is the biggest in India since the failure of Kingfisher Airlines back in 2012.</p> <p>The blow is massive to the Indian aviation industry, as demand soars for services. However, airlines are struggling to keep the prices low.</p> <p>Jet Airways explained in a statement their sadness.</p> <p>"This has been a very difficult decision but without interim funding, the airline is simply unable to conduct flight operations," Jet Airways said in statement.</p> <p>"Above all, the airline would like to express its sincere gratitude to all its employees and stakeholders that have stood by the company in these trying times."</p> <p>The airline was informed late on Tuesday by a range of lenders that are led by the government-run State Bank of India that the airline would not be receiving more funds.</p> <p>Passengers are being informed about the closure of the airline via email and text messages and are able to claim a refund.</p> <p>The airline’s operations had shrunk to 40 flights on 5 aircraft on Tuesday, before the closure was announced.</p> <p>However, the banks are continuing to search for a private investor to buy 75 per cent of the airline. The deadline for bids is May 10th.</p>

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Why you should think twice before riding a donkey in Santorini

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The quaint island of Santorini in Greece is never short of tourists who are attracted to the whitewashed cottages and blue-domed churches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many tourists are arriving by boat, before making their way up hundreds of steep steps to the island’s main town.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you don’t want to walk, there are donkeys available to carry those who can’t or don’t want to journey up the stairs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, a new campaign has been launched to encourage you to think about the strain that’s being put onto the donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British charity The Donkey Sanctuary has launched the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Their Hooves</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> campaign as a way of improving public awareness about the plight of donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The initiative is the result of a partnership between The Donkey Sanctuary and local Santorini authorities as the strain of passengers who weigh more than 100 kilograms are injuring the spines of the donkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We are excited to launch the In Their Hooves video and we hope visitors to Santorini are able to make informed decisions about the welfare of working equines they will see there," Barbara Massa, The Donkey Sanctuary's regional director for Europe, said in a </span><a href="https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/news/collaboration-with-cruise-giant-to-protect-santorinis-donkeys"><span style="font-weight: 400;">press release</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We will continue to work with the municipality, providing training to equine health service providers and also the animal owners, all of whom are critical to improving the working conditions and practices on the island."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The initiative encourages tourists to think about whether or not the animals have access to adequate water and shelter, whether or not their owner treats them respectfully, if they show any signs of injury and whether or not they are expected to carry an acceptable weight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you ridden a donkey before? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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"Everything is burning": Thousands watch in horror as iconic Notre Dame cathedral blazes

<p>A fire has engulfed the roof of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and has toppled its spire as thousands of people watch on in horror at the iconic landmark’s destruction.</p> <p>Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French Media that “everything is burning, nothing will remain of the frame.”</p> <p>The famous cathedral is one of France’s most popular tourist attractions and draws 13 million visitors each year.</p> <p>French President Emmanuel Macron has said that this is a “terrible tragedy” but the cathedral will be rebuilt.</p> <p>“I’m telling you all tonight — we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders,” Mr Macron said.</p> <p>The cause of the blaze is unknown, and earlier on Monday, there were fears that the great bells could fall.</p> <p>Paris Fire Department commander general, Jean-Claude Gallet, told reporters about the worry:</p> <p>“There’s a risk that the great bells fall. If the bells fall, it’s the tower that collapses,” Mr Gallet explained.</p> <p>“There are firefighters inside and outside.</p> <p>“We need to win this battle and block the spreading of the flames. The most efficient action is from the inside. We are not sure if we will be able to stop the spreading of the flames to the North Tower.”</p> <p>A crowd of hundreds has gathered outside the cathedral in shocked silence as they watched the 850-year-old building burn. Australian Divya Bala told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/thousands-watch-iconic-notre-dame-cathedral-burn-in-the-heart-of-paris/news-story/aaeb7c0d39a3e7867b0afcbf6b230762" target="_blank">news.com.au </a>that watching the scene unfold was “shocking”.</p> <p>“Everyone just stayed out watching, very calmly, very quietly,” she said.</p> <p>“Some people were in tears, one older gentleman was holding himself up by the railing on the bridge and people were comforting him.</p> <p>“But I was really struck by how calm everyone was.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the devastating before and after shots of the Notre Dame Cathedral.</p>

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Are stand-up airplane seats the way of the future?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors’ have ruffled a few feathers with their new idea of standing seats on airplanes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The seats can be seen in the tweet below.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">On <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/The734?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#The734</a> today, we're talking about these new "standing" airline seats. I think most of us try to book the cheapest airline ticket, but would you ever pay to fly like this? Imagine it was $50 round trip to Ft. Myers - would you bite? <a href="https://t.co/1E2SXnTDrE">pic.twitter.com/1E2SXnTDrE</a></p> — Matt Brickman (@Matt_Brickman) <a href="https://twitter.com/Matt_Brickman/status/1113415339235336194?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 April 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many were quick to point out safety concerns with the seats, asking about what would be available for elderly, the disabled and for children. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another person inquired about what would happen to them, as they are 2 metres tall in height.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In shoes, I’m 6’6” (2m) and coach crushes my knees. Will my neck be above the so-called back rest? Will my head hit the ceiling?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the designers were quick to point out their intentions with the seats.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The message is, we do not want to put thousands of people in the cabin, we want to offer a multi-class configuration, which is nowadays impossible if you want to reach the maximum load of passengers," engineering advisor at Aviointeriors Gaetano Perugini explained to </span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/standing-up-airplane-seat-testing/index.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN Travel</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So that means that in the same cabin, you will have standard economy, premium economy or business class and ultra-basic economy -- which is an innovation for the airline and the passenger," Perugini continued. "This is the true reason for the Skyrider."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perugini also admitted that the experience could be uncomfortable for some passengers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I will be honest, I don't think that somebody is happy to stay eight or ten hours in this configuration," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In the short haul, if you want to save money [...] you can hold this -- not fully comfortable position -- for a couple of hours. I think the majority of the people will accept this on a couple of hours flight, a three-hour flight."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Would you travel in these seats? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Can you spot the mistake in this Aussie bus sign?

<p>Brisbane commuters have drawn attention to a typo in the city’s buses.</p> <p>About 100 buses operating in the Brisbane City Council have carried an information sticker advising passengers that smoking and consumption of food and drink are prohibited on the bus.</p> <p>However, passengers have identified an oversight on the sticker.</p> <p>The word “consumption” was misspelled as “comsumption”, leading many to question if the signs had been proofread before they were distributed to the vehicles.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 422.7212681638045px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7825842/reddit.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/161e2fb2e931443388d23896a1808030" /></p> <blockquote class="reddit-card" data-card-created="1554946472"><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/brisbane/comments/baztj8/every_single_brisbane_bus_how_have_i_not_noticed/">Every. Single. Brisbane. Bus. How have I not noticed this?</a> from <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/brisbane">r/brisbane</a></blockquote> <p>“Someone had one job...” one wrote on Reddit.</p> <p>“What an embarrassment,” another commented.</p> <p>One added, “I hate that you showed me this. Now I'm going to be irritated! You could have left me in my blissful ignorance.”</p> <p>Others pointed out that not all buses in the council were affected. “I'm on a bus right now and checked for this sign immediately. There's no typo and I'm actually disappointed,” one responded.</p> <p>A council spokesperson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/can-spot-embarrassing-mistake-brisbane-bus-sticker-235649000.html" target="_blank">Yahoo News Australia</a></em> that it was aware of the misprint on the sticker, which was displayed in fewer than 100 of the city’s fleet of 1,200 buses.</p> <p>“An audit is underway and Council will ensure all stickers identified with a misspelled word are replaced by the end of the week,” said the spokesperson.</p>

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The 4 most dangerous beaches in the world

<p>If your plans for your beachside holiday include reading, relaxing and surviving, cross these treacherous destinations off your list.</p> <p><strong>1. </strong><strong>Hanakapiai Beach, Hawaii</strong></p> <p>The stunning three-kilometre hike to Hanakapiai Beach on the island of Kauai proves that looks can be deceiving. While the destination may look like paradise, that water holds incredibly strong rip currents. The trail sign keeps an updated tally of the number of deaths stemming from visitors who chose to forego caution and swim anyway. According to The Outdoor Project, the rip currents are so strong because this coastal area isn’t protected by any reef.</p> <p><strong>2. New Smyrna Beach, Florida</strong></p> <p>It’s known as the shark attack capital of the world: In 2017, University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File recorded nine shark bites for the year, down from 15 in 2016. While that sounds like good news, it still puts New Smyrna Beach-goers at more risk for shark attacks than anywhere else in the world.</p> <p><strong>3. Gansbaai, South Africa</strong></p> <p><span>Not far off the coast of this popular holiday destination lies a stretch of ocean called Shark Alley. Shark cage diving, which puts tourists in shark-proof cages to get them up-close-and-personal with the creatures, puts a somewhat safe spin on the area. However, the publication </span><em>Digital Nomad </em><span>points out that there’s an “inordinate amount of blood and chum being dumped along the South African shoreline every day” to lure the sharks close to the boats.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Cape Tribulation, Australia</strong></p> <p>If you want to swim the waters of the aptly named Cape Tribulation, Cape-Trib.com suggests you wear a “stinger suit” as the area is home to a lot of stinging jellyfish. Saltwater crocodiles are also prevalent; the locals advise visitors stay away from swimming in the mouths of rivers. If that’s not enough to keep you out of the water, consider these obstacles: Cassowaries – big flightless birds – whose dagger-like claws “can disembowel you,” and stinging trees which, yes, can actually sting you quite painfully with their jagged-edged leaves.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see what these beaches look like.</p> <p><em>Written by Kelly Bryant. </em><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/13-most-dangerous-beaches-world">Reader’s Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Passenger’s dog found dead after “running out of oxygen” on long haul flight

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A husky has been found dead in the cargo hold of an Air France KLM Jetliner after running out of oxygen during the 11-hour flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The plane was travelling from Amsterdam and arriving in Los Angeles, and upon landing is when the dog was found.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Airline sources told </span><a href="https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/20/dog-dies-air-france-flight-lax-amsterdam/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">TMZ</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that photos of the dog are “too disturbing to share”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to one Air France employee, the dog had been “incorrectly” loaded into the cargo hold and was unable to breathe on the non-stop flight.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A spokesperson for PETA has given their thoughts on the matter. They told </span><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8686525/dog-cargo-hold-air-france-klm-plane-oxygen-dead/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Tragedies like this one are exactly why airlines must require that animals travel in the main cabin only.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"PETA urges Air France-KLM to join airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest in prohibiting companion animals from being flown in the cargo hold, where they endure noise, extreme temperatures and sometimes inadequate pressurisation, before yet another sensitive animal suffers and dies, terrified and alone."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Air France policy states that passengers are allowed to keep a dog or cat weighing no more than 17 pounds (7 kg) in the cabin, but that’s only if the pet is at least 10 weeks old and has all required shots.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you think pets should travel in the main cabin area of the flight? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Snake Island: The real-life destination straight out of your nightmares

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Snake Island is an island that’s about 33 kilometres off the coast of Brazil. It’s near Sao Paulo, and it’s so dangerous that humans are forbidden to go there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not that you’d want to. The Island is full to the brim with venomous snakes. They’re known as golden lancehead vipers, with venom so strong it can melt flesh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Up to 4,000 of the golden lancehead vipers live on this island, which humans fled a century ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brazilian authorities only give permission to a few scientists to visit the island each year, and there’s a naval patrol around the island to ensure no one else gets too close.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, that hasn’t stopped </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">60 Minutes</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reporter Tara Brown from heading to the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brown said she’s excited about adventure. She told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travellers-stories/snake-island-is-a-reallife-land-of-deadly-vipers-straight-out-of-your-nightmares/news-story/97ec26a62e40ae0ee6a9af62044d0d33"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au:</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m always excited about adventure and new destinations and this was sold as a pretty exciting one, and a unique opportunity to see a special habitat that’s highly protected,” Brown explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Then I was told there were 4000 of some of the world’s most deadly snakes on the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When we’re speaking to local fisherman, they told us, ‘That’s not a good idea, you don’t want to go there’. There are legends about a whole family being killed there, and of pirates burying treasure on the island and the snakes being put there to protect the treasure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The fishermen said they never went there, or they would die.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Snake Island is home to 4,000 of the world’s most dangerous snakes. Their deadly venom can melt human flesh – but could also be the source of the world’s next wonder drug. Full story: <a href="https://t.co/JOA1aCAllq">https://t.co/JOA1aCAllq</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60Mins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#60Mins</a> <a href="https://t.co/mfYswb8w0e">pic.twitter.com/mfYswb8w0e</a></p> — 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) <a href="https://twitter.com/60Mins/status/1110466421966790656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">26 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is said to be between one and five golden lanceheads per square metre on Snake Island. Brown encountered a few on her journey into the rainforest. She joined the scientists who are allowed to head onto the island.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To my mind, there could be a snake anywhere and you’re always on high alert, and a big part of me was saying, ‘Oh no, please don’t let there be a snake there’,” Brown said of the journey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the snakes have been cut off from the mainland, they’ve had to evolve to survive.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brown explained:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They’re different to their mainland cousins in that they’re five times more venomous and they are among the top 10 most poisonous snakes in the world,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They hunt and eat birds. Not the local birds, who have become too smart for them, but larger migratory birds, boobies, who come by on their migration. And the snakes’ venom has become more potent because their prey is bigger.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s an incredibly interesting evolutionary experiment for scientists to observe. This is a laboratory in the wild, if you like. You see evolution at play.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The scientists are interested in the venom of the golden lancehead viper, as it allows scientists to track the wellbeing of the snakes as well as help develop life saving medication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There’s a blood pressure medication (captopril) which was developed 40 years ago from the venom of lancehead vipers, which is an incredibly popular and widely used medicine today,” Brown said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“While snakes are not naturally loveable to me, that doesn’t mean I don’t admire their resilience and how they respond to their environment,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re seeing nature at play and there’s a wonderment to that. And they are quite beautiful — from a distance.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Would you head to Snake Island? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Passenger describes horror evacuation on stricken cruise: “Very, very frightening”

<p>A passenger on a doomed cruise has described the horror that ensued after the captain announced “Mayday”.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank">Today</a> </em>show, Alexus Shepperd recounted the events of the European ship which sparked an emergency situation after it was stranded in dangerous seas.</p> <p>Mrs Shepperd shared a video of furniture sliding around in the ship, as conditions progressively got worse.</p> <p>With waves exceeding eight metres and wind travelling at 70km/h, five helicopters were called to help evacuate passengers.</p> <p>The rescue operation saw each passenger evacuated one-by-one, though once conditions improved, remaining passengers stayed on board.</p> <p>Mrs Shepperd described the events that occurred beforehand, saying that all passengers were ordered to go to their muster stations, and an emergency call was sounded.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Still waiting for evacuation. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VikingSky?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VikingSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mayday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mayday</a> <a href="https://t.co/6EvcAjf5D2">pic.twitter.com/6EvcAjf5D2</a></p> — Alexus Sheppard 🏳️‍🌈 (@alexus309) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexus309/status/1109537029912711168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">23 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“They announced that not only had we gathered there to start putting on our life jackets, but that the captain had also declared a mayday,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank"><em>Today</em></a>.</p> <p>“And being a sailor myself, any time a captain declares a Mayday, it’s a really big deal because it means the vessel is about to be lost. And so that was very, very frightening. And then a few minutes after that, they announced for all the crew to go and immediately close all the watertight doors.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Battery dying and people sleeping everywhere. Probably my last tweet of the night. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VikingSky?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VikingSky</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mayday?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mayday</a> <a href="https://t.co/ouzegYmHOD">pic.twitter.com/ouzegYmHOD</a></p> — Alexus Sheppard 🏳️‍🌈 (@alexus309) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexus309/status/1109617042817200128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">24 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“And so that’s another sign that they don’t close watertight doors unless there’s water coming aboard somewhere.”</p> <p>Close to 20 people have been transported to hospital, after passengers in the pool and cafes were injured.</p> <p>One of the restaurants had their windows shattered during the ordeal.</p> <p>“The injuries that I saw were mostly injuries from falls that people either lost their footing as the ship was rolling or slipped on wet tiles. There were cuts to the head, cuts to the arms and the legs and I heard some people broke bones,” she said.</p>

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Passenger shamed for “disgusting” plane act

<p>A woman has shocked her fellow passengers on board a flight by using the empty seats beside her to dry her swimmers. She used the air vent to help with this process.</p> <p>A fellow passenger on board snapped a photo and sent it to the popular Instagram page, Passenger Shaming.</p> <p>The caption joked:</p> <p>“PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you have a wet bathing suit, or three – AIRPLANE HEADREST DRYER.”</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/BvJtYJrn8kF/?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/BvJtYJrn8kF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you have a wet bathing suit, or three — AIRPLANE HEADREST DRYER ✈️👙😂🤷🏼‍♀️ #mondaymotivation • • • #passengershaming #bikini #bathingsuit #NOPE #instagramaviation #airplaneetiquette #frequentflyer #crewlife #sassystew #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 Mar 18, 2019 at 6:41am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many people were outraged and disgusted by the swimwear being aired during the flight.</p> <p>“Disgusting. Make sure you bring wet ones so you can clean off your seat before you sit in it,” one commenter suggested.</p> <p>Another agreed, asking: “Where were the flight attendants!? What did the person behind them say!?”</p> <p>However, one commenter decided to look on the bright side of things.</p> <p>“Better than a dirty diaper,” they commented.</p> <p>Have you seen anything like this on your flight? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Family booted off plane due to offensive body odour

<p>Jennie and Yossi Adler, as well as their 19-month-old daughter were escorted from their flight from Miami to Detroit after fellow passengers made complaints about their body odour.</p> <p>Yossi explained to <a href="https://www.local10.com/news/local/miami/family-kicked-off-american-airlines-flight-in-miami-after-passengers-complain-about-body-odor"><em>Local 10 News Miami­</em></a><em>:</em></p> <p>"All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate and then they said, 'Sorry, sir, some people complained you had body odour and we're not letting you back on’."</p> <p>Despite claims from airline staff, the family were left without their possessions that were already on the flight. Jennie said:</p> <p>"They have our car seat, stroller, everything,".</p> <p>The airline carrier, American Airlines, were quick to address the issue, with a statement to <em>Local 10 News Miami</em>, saying:</p> <p>"Mr. Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odour," the statement said.</p> <p>"They have been booked into a hotel for the night and given meal vouchers. They have been rebooked on a flight Thursday."</p> <p>Despite the family getting home safe on a later date, they’re still unhappy with the explanation from the airline.</p> <p>"We stopped several people in the airport and, it's embarrassing, but we asked them, 'Do you think we smell? Because we just got kicked off a plane for smelling’," said Jennie.</p> <p>“I want them to own up to what really happened and to tell me the truth,” said Yossi. “What was it?”</p> <p>Have you seen something like this on your flight? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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

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

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