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Air Canada Passenger Wakes Up Locked in Empty, Dark Plane After Falling Asleep Mid-Flight
A passenger who was getting some shut eye on a recent Air Canada flight woke up to find herself in a nightmare scenario.
Tiffani O’Brien was traveling from Quebec City to Toronto after a weekend trip, when she fell asleep mid-flight. When she woke up hours later still buckled in her seat, she says she was completely alone and the plane was “freezing cold” and “pitch black,” according to a Facebook post shared by a woman who identifies herself as O’Brien’s friend.
After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness
Southwest passenger 'bombarded by inappropriate photos' from stranger on her flight
Kat Pitman was settling into her aisle seat on a Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville to Chicago Friday morning, texting her husband, when her iPhone buzzed.
She looked down to see an AirDrop request. Someone whose name she didn't recognize was sending her a pornographic image.
"It was just very explicit. It just shocked me,'' the 40-year-old frequent flyer said in an interview with USA TODAY.
Pitman immediately turned off AirDrop, an Apple feature that allows people to wirelessly send photos, videos and documents to nearby phones and computers using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but quickly turned it back on to take a screenshot of the sender's name. She instantly received two more AirDrop requests, with a video and another graphic photo.
Taxi driver in South Korea goes to jail for blackmailing gay passengers
A court in South Korea this week sentenced a taxi driver to 16 months in prison for blackmailing gay passengers.
According to a Seoul Central District ruling, Lee Ji-heon picked up drunk, homosexual passengers from the capital’s gay district Jongno 3-ga and convinced them to touch his genitals.
‘These days, I’m curious [about men]’ he would reportedly tell passengers after luring them to get sit beside him in the front passenger seat.
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This is why America's travel business is worried
Foreign travelers to the United States bring billions of dollars into the economy each year. But that flow of people and money now appears to be at risk.
Last year set a record for tourism: 78.6 million foreign travelers came to the United States in 2018. But following that banner year, tourism is now in a slump. Travel in early 2019 is in decline, particularly from Canada, Mexico, China and South Korea. That slowdown started taking place in the second half of last year.
The travel industry is worried about how severe, and long lasting, that decline could be.
Tourism is a serious economic driver for the American economy. The United States enjoyed a $69 billion surplus on international travel last year, reducing the country's overall trade deficit by 11%, according to Tori Barnes, executive vice president of the US Travel Association, the industry trade group. On average,foreign travelers spend $4,000 each on visits to the United States. Chinese tourists spend about $7,000.
"It's a really significant economic impact," said Barnes.
Companies that rely on foreign tourism are starting to feel the decline in travel: For example, Tiffany's reported disappointing sales this week, in part because of a drop in purchases by foreign tourists at its US stores.
American Airlines responds to rapper Boosie's profane rant after missing flight
Another tourist dies in Dominican Republic
Ask the Captain: Is it OK to rat out passengers for phone use during takeoff and landing?
Question: Why don’t airlines stress strongly to leave overhead bins closed during emergency evacuations? I noticed some people on the recent crash in Russia that people delayed the evacuation and most likely caused deaths. I've also seen videos showing people running away from crash site with their carry-on luggage. No luggage is worth losing lives over.
– Dan O, Massachusetts
Answer: Passengers who attempt to retrieve overhead luggage during and evacuation put themselves at risk and others at risk.
Chanel Scurlock Is the Fifth Black Trans Woman Killed in the Last Month
The body of 23-year-old Chanel Scurlock was found in a field in Lumberton, North Carolina, just after midnight on Wednesday. She is at least the ninth Black trans woman killed in the U.S. in 2019, and the fifth killed in the past month, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Police found Scurlock, who lived in Lumber Bridge, N.C., with fatal gunshot wounds after responding to reports of gunfire in the area. They have yet to identify a suspect, though Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told The Robesonian, a local paper, that police have "great leads.
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Court convicts 3 Germans of beating gay man to death
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Business Class Airline Passenger Forced To Sleep On Vomit-Filled Seat On Plane
A business class passenger on a British Airways flight from the Heathrow Airport in London to Seattle, Washington, claimed that he was shocked to find that his seat was covered with dried vomit.
Passenger Dave Gildea, 38, who works as the vice president of CloudRanger, a Silicon Valley software company, told the Sun Online Travel that he made the less-than-pleasant discovery after he upgraded his flight seat to business class two weeks ago.
"I had upgraded to business class at the airport in London Heathrow and was assigned seats 64K,” he said. “I didn't notice anything until about two hours into the British Airways flight when I popped down the footstool so I could get some sleep and saw the vomit on the seat. It was also splashed on the wall behind and the floor below, which I then noticed.”
Airline Passenger Repeatedly Orders Staff To Kneel, Apologize Over Delayed Flight [Video]
Too Many People Want to Travel
Late in May, the Louvre closed. The museum’s workers walked out, arguing that overcrowding at the home of the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo had made the place dangerous and unmanageable. “The Louvre suffocates,” the workers’ union said in a statement written in French, citing the “total inadequacy” of the museum’s facilities to manage the high volume of visitors.
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Half a world away, a conga line of mountaineers waited to approach the summit of Mount Everest, queued up on a knife’s-edge ridge, looking as if they had chosen to hit the DMV at lunchtime. A photograph of the pileup went viral; nearly a dozen climbers died, with guides and survivors arguing that overcrowding at the world’s highest peak was a primary cause, if not the only one.
Such incidents are not isolated. Crowds of Instagrammers caused a public-safety debacle during a California poppy super bloom. An “extreme environmental crisis” fomented a “summer of action” against visitors to the Spanish island of Mallorca. Barcelona and Venice and Reykjavik and Dubrovnik, inundated. Beaches in Thailand and Mexico and the Philippines, destroyed. Natural wonders from the Sierra Nevadas to the Andes, jeopardized. Religious sites from Cambodia to India to Rome, damaged.
Why You Shouldn't Use The Wi-Fi In Your Airbnb, According To A Hacker
Most Airbnb users book stays with no major issues. But staying in a stranger’s house means you inevitably make yourself vulnerable to some risks, some of which have included scams, hidden cameras and discrimination. It can be hard to let your guard down while renting an Airbnb ? and you shouldn’t, even if everything seems to check out.
That’s because there could be another danger lurking in your rental that’s harder to detect: the Wi-Fi.
Beware The Wi-Fi
You probably know to use extra caution when using public Wi-Fi networks such as those at your local coffee shop or the airport. Even when a password is required to access the network, you’re at risk of a number of different kinds of attacks, according to Jason Glassberg, an “ethical hacker” and co-founder of Casaba Security.
Airline Passenger Slaps Employee For Stopping Him From Boarding Flight [Video]
A passenger hit a Spirit airlines employee in the face after the latter tried to stop him from boarding the flight to Denver.
A video of the incident posted on Twitter by a fellow passenger showed the employee warning the man that he would not be allowed to enter the flight.
“You’re not getting on the flight. You’re not getting on the flight” the employee tells the man. The passenger responds by saying, “Yes I am getting on the flight.”
Man attacked by veteran's support dog sues over negligence
An Alabama man who was attacked by a veteran's emotional support animal while on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to San Diego is now suing the airline and the veteran.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Marlin Jackson is accusing the defendants of negligence.
The lawsuit says it happened as the flight was boarding in June 2017. Jackson was in a window seat and the dog was next to him, in the lap of Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. The attack left Jackson's face permanently scarred.
Thanks to anti-vaxxers, a measles travel ban may be coming
As any armchair epidemiologist can tell you, it’s really, really easy to spread disease through air travel. Now as measles become the hot new trend of 2019, health officials and federal authorities are considering banning people exposed to the measles from flying in the hopes of fighting the spread of the virus, which was declared eliminated in 2000.
Eight people across the country have “voluntarily” canceled their travel plans in lieu of being placed on a federal do-not-board list maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would prevent them from stepping foot on a plane, the Washington Post reported. The eight individuals were either confirmed to be infected or had a high probability of having the disease (Read: They weren’t vaccinated and hung out with someone who had the measles).
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Passenger felt 'fat shamed' on Qantas flight despite exit-row rules
A passenger is claiming that Australian airline Qantas "fat shamed" him after asking him to move from an exit row due to his size.
A Qantas crew member "belittled" Darren Beales in front of his fellow passengers, according to Beales' account of the incident to Australia's Today.
She said that if passengers are "disabled" or "require an extended seat belt," airline regulations wouldn't allow them to sit in an exit row.
The situation embarrassed him. "I was just seeing everyone around me looking to find out what was going on," he recounted to 9 News.
Beales didn't know that those who needed seat-belt extensions couldn't sit in exit rows. However, Qantas lists this rule on its website.