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Titanic Awards book spotted in the wild (just released)Nominee

May 5th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

Worst security walk thru — Newark Airport locks down and rescreens passengersNominee

January 4th, 2010 by Doug Lansky

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An unidentified man waltzed through a screening checkpoint at Newark Liberty’s Terminal C — without being screened.  Security tried to identify him on surveillance camera footage.  Meanwhile, they had to clear the secure area, search it, and rescreen everyone. A delay of about six hours.  Better safe than sorry, but a bummer of a breach.

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Sign your fleet is aging? How about when the plane breaks in two during landingNominee

December 28th, 2009 by Doug Lansky
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An American Airlines plane broke in two after landing in Kingston, Jamaica (en route from Miami). No causalities reported, though some were sent to the hospital.

All the king’s horses and all the kings men are presumably now working on the plane.

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Worst holiday ticket to hold, thousands stranded by Scottish airlineNominee

December 20th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Bummer if you were caught holding a Flyglobespan ticket this holiday season. The Scottish airline (10 aircraft and 800 staff) picked a crap time to go bust.

About 1300 passengers had been due to fly on Thursday when flights were cancelled.  About 5,000 were booked to fly in the next few days and still another 4,000 are already abroad and will soon be hoping to return home.

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Lamest UmbrellaNominee

December 16th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Sure it keeps you dry, but there is a slight social cost.

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Police Decide to Start Shooting Around Tourists in Times SquareNominee

December 15th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Hard to imagine a 25-year-old local scam artist is so dangerous to the public that it was worth endangering the lives of many by opening fire in a crowded public spot.  Or enough to kill him, which is what they did.  Watched too many movies? Poor judgment call?  Poor training?  Personally  prefer the practice in Europe, where typically let the guy get away (and try to catch him later), rather than start a public gun fight that might kill or wound many onlookers.

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Worst Segway TourNominee

December 14th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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You don’t typically associate Segway tours with danger… except maybe a sprained ankle after an embarrassing wipeout.

But a 21-year-old man was charged with robbing two Segway groups of cruise ship passengers with a shotgun while on tour in Nassau, Bahamas.

Meanwhile, three cruise ship companies have canceled excursions in parts of Nassau due to the perceived danger of robbery.

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As if Getting Stuck in Lightning Storm in a Plane Wasn’t Bad Enough…Nominee

December 13th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Now scientists (in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research) are staying that riding in a plane through a lightning storm could expose passengers to the equivalent dose of radiation that they’d get from 400 chest X-rays.  Read more myfoxla.com>>

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Finally, Some Decent Travel GiftsNominee

December 10th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Worthy x-mas gifts, courtesy of JetBlue.

The Knee Jockey

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The Sherpa Shirt

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Check out the full collection on their facebook page here.

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Worst Place to Put an ArmrestNominee

December 1st, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Photo: FLIGHTGLOBAL


The issue of XL passengers has been a tricky one for airlines. There are both comfort and safety considerations — both for the large passenger and their seatmates. What should be the policy for obese passengers who spill fat over into the aisle and seat beside them? Should they forced to pay for two seats or be given an extra seat for free?  Clearly, the hide-the-armrest situation above (posted on an aviation blog called flightglobal) is not an ideal solution.


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Worst Place for a PicnicNominee

November 28th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Hard to say what was going through the mind of a 25-year-old man who climbed down into a bear enclosure at the Bern Park zoo in Switzerland.  That is, besides the fangs of the bear.   Apparently, he wanted to have a picnic with the bear — and he did. He was the lunch. Sadly, the bear was shot while saving this lunatic’s life.

See this piece in the Telegraph For the full story…

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Penguin-Viewing Fail: Cruise Ship Stuck in Antarctic IceNominee

November 17th, 2009 by Doug Lansky
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Over  100 tourists are  trapped by ice off the northeastern end of the Antarctic Peninsula aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov, a Russian ice-breaker cruise ship.

It has been stuck for four days, but there’s no immediate threat to anyone onboard and they are expected to break free once the wind direction changes.  If all goes well the ship may be able to return to Ushaia just a few days behind schedule.

The passengers paid roughly $17,000 for a tour that included seeing emperor penguins on Snow Hill island.

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Worst Airport CampingNominee

November 14th, 2009 by Doug Lansky
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After getting dumped by a Brazilian woman he met on the Web, Heinz Muller, a 46-year old former pilot from Germany decided to camp out in Sao Paulo’s airport.  He’s been there a few weeks so far and is surviving on food given to him by airport workers.

He sleeps on waiting-lounge chairs and washes himself in the airport bathrooms.

According to airport personnel, he’s allowed to stay for three months as long as he breaks no laws. This means he’ll unlikely break Viktor Navorski’s record, but he may tie Hiroshi Nohara from Japan, who spent three months in Mexico City’s airport last December.

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Worst In-Flight Prayer RequestNominee

November 13th, 2009 by Doug Lansky
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After the Iranian Aseman Airlines Boeing plane had left Tehran airport, it had to return after 45 minutes when it experienced a technical problem.

The worried pilot used the PA system to tell the passengers what was happening and added “So please pray.”‘

It seemed to work this time, but in the future, lifting international sanctions might be more effective than prayer.  Sanctions have made the delivery of spare parts for planes difficult, resulting in several air disasters in the last decade.

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Worst Airport ParkingNominee

November 12th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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AP reports that a Yamile Campuzano-Martine lost control of her pickup truck at Tampa International Airport and crashed into a 1500-gallon saltwater aquarium, emptying it and killing nearly all the fish in the process (including one rare specimen worth $5000).

She was charged with careless driving, failure to use a child restraint device (her six-year-old was on her lap at the time) and failure to provide a driver’s license.

The fish tank was reportedly worth $50,000 to $100,000.

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Australia’s Tackiest SouvenirsNominee

September 6th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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Australia’s News.com.au posted a gallery of tacky Australian souvenirs.

Click here to see the gallery

Please send in your Tacky Souvenirs from AROUND THE WORLD and we’ll post them here.

Email images to titanicawards@gmail.com

(300 dpi preferred, larger than 1MB, smaller than 7MB)

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Worst Place to SleepNominee

August 10th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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According to Swedish TT news service, a man decided to sleep off a hangover by taking a nap on the railroad tracks outside of the Swedish town of Borås. He was woken by a train as it hit him in the head. However, the man only sustained minor injuries.  In fact, he went back to sleep after the train passed. The train’s driver feared the worst and rang the police.  When the police arrived, they found a sleeping man with a head wound on the side of the tracks. “He had woken up when the train came, raised his head and hit it on a metal object on the train. Then he went back to sleep,” police officer Sven Persson told TT.

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Most Confusing Airport SignNominee

July 21st, 2009 by Doug Lansky

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This sign sends approximately 25,000 people to the wrong airport each year. Lindburgh? Humphrey? You’ve only got seconds to figure out which one you’re flying out of before the turn-off. And with no easy connecting road, that means stress and/or missed flights. Make that Land of 10,000 Lakes and 25,000 Pissed-Off Travelers.

See full story here.

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F***ing Ugly Luggage = FuglageNominee

July 20th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

Here are a few beauties… more to come.  Feel free to send your favorite fuglage pix to titanicawards@gmail.com  (links to online luggage shops where they can be bought are good as well)

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Ugliest LuggageNominee

July 19th, 2009 by Doug Lansky

ugly luggageNot going to have any trouble spotting this one on the carousel.

For $120, this Samsonite graffiti golf bag travel cover can be yours. (Golfing gang signs not included.) Here’s the link

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