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.
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.
Sure it keeps you dry, but there is a slight social cost.
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.
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 cruisehave canceled excursions in parts of Nassau due to the perceived danger of robbery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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