Passengers and crew tried to break up a fight between a drunk passenger and his brother-in-law, but had minimal success. They argued much of the way between Honolulu and Salt Lake City and it eventually turn into a brawl.
When police boarded the plane after landing in Salt Lake City, the inebriated passenger punched one of the officers.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and assault on an officer while resisting arrest. The brother-in-law was briefly held, then released.
Dee Darwell, a 56-year-old tourist from England, was bitten by several monkeys on a tour to Monkey Island (in Thailand, near Phuket) while trying to overcome her phobia of monkeys.
Thai fisherman pulled the monkeys off of her as she collapsed with blood coming out of a deep wound in her arm.
Here’s Ms Darwell’s account of what happened: “The monkey took my wrist and pounced on my right arm, sinking his teeth in and hung off it. He wouldn’t let go; he was locked on. I was absolutely petrified. I was shaking from head to foot and I froze. There was one man, a tourist, and when he saw the monkey bite me, he screamed and ran off. … Then another, bigger monkey bit my arm, just next to the other one biting me, and all of a sudden I was surrounded by monkeys.”
Why did they attack? Ms. Darwell’s tour leader, Yongyut Buasod, said that some people were teasing the monkeys that day and they don’t necessarily attack the specific person teasing them.
Employees at Southwest Airlines in Little Rock, Arkansas found a haphazardly sealed batch of plastic containers with 60 human heads inside.
They were supposedly en route to Fort Worth, Texas, where they would be used by neurosurgeons to study ear, nose and throat procedures. And shipping body parts commercially for educational purposes is, it turns out, fairly common.
Let’s see if Southwest takes advantage of the media attention and turns this into some sort of marketing campaign (eg “Follow your head: Fly Southwest” or maybe “60 Out of 61 Heads Prefer to Fly Southwest”)
Delta Airlines had a little snafu when they mixed up the travel plans of two unaccompanied minors who connected flights in Minneapolis-St.Paul. The boy ended up in Cleveland instead of Boston and the girl landed in Boston instead of Cleveland.
“‘Sorry for leaving you here when you’re really supposed to be in Boston,’” the boy said the Delta employees told him. They may not have checked the boy’s paperwork, but he did get some free donuts out of the ordeal.
Eventually, Delta managed to send the children to their final destinations. They also reportedly refunded the children’s tickets and provided the families with some travel credits.
Irene Ferrari, a Russian model with hyper-augmented size “F” breasts, had one of them damaged when it hit the seat in front of her during strong turbulence on a Swiss International Airlines flight.
She is now suing the airline for €100,000 for discomfort and injury. She claims she was flying business class for their additional space, but this particular business class had seats barely discernible from coach.
Air travel has given Ms Ferrari’s breasts trouble before. She sued last year (and won a nice settlement) after one of her breast implants exploded during a rough landing.
The province of Venice, Italy is trying to send a message to tourists: “don’t even think about buying knock-off products here.” Jursula Corel, a 65-year-old Austrian tourist found out the hard way when was fined $1,195 for buying a fake Louis Vuitton purse from a street seller.
“We have a duty to combat this phenomenon, which is becoming unmanageable,” said Francesca Calzavara, head of the province of Venice. That’s one way to crack down on the problem. No word on what happened to the person who was actually selling the fake purses.
1. RESORT FEE. Think of it as a hotel charge for using the hotel.
This can typically be found at independent, higher-end resorts.
It’s essentially a huge money grab. For around $10, the resort fee
provides you with what they should be providing you with anyway:
beach towels, access to the fitness room. 2. DELIVERY FEES. Someone sends you a fax while you’re at the hotel. That
will be $5 please (plus tip if a staff person brings it to your room). Someone
sends you a package and the hotel might hit you with a $20 fee. No
real infrastructure or supply costs here—just plain rip-off . 3. PHONE/INTERNET USAGE. The phones—a classic hotel rip-off —used to
constitute between 1 and 2 percent of a hotel’s income. With cell phones,
that has dropped, but this doesn’t stop them from gouging you with
high fees to make a cheap (or free) call. Likewise, installing WiFi is not
a huge expense compared with the $15 daily charge each guest gets hit
with to use it. Ironically, at many cheaper hotels you get WiFi for free.
For most business hotel guests, using the phone and Internet are not
optional services. It would be like the hotel charging extra to use the
toilet. 4. NOT-SO-COMPLIMENTARY WATER. It looks like the hotel has given you a
little gift: a free bottle of water. And it’s often not until you’ve swallowed
half the water that you notice the words on the coaster it was sitting on,
explaining that it’s $6 a bottle. 5. MINIBAR. They know you get the munchies. And they know you’re lazy.
Which is why your typical hotel minibar has prices jacked up 250 to 500
percent. 6. PARKING FEE. You’ve arrived by car? Too bad. It’s $40 a night to give your
car room in the parking garage. “Sure you could leave it on the street,”
the hotel staff will say, “but we can’t take responsibility for any vandalism
in this part of the city.”
7. BREAKFAST. This depends on the other available options. If you’re downtown
and there’s a Starbucks around the corner, that’s one thing, but if
you’re at a hotel in a remote part of Alaska or on some desolate island,
they’ve got you. You may not want the $30 all-you-can eat buffet breakfast
or the $14 bowl of cornflakes with fruit sprinkled on top, but it’s that
What better way to promote a a new ticketing service than print up a sample ticket to show it off. Only problem was that British Airways, when selecting a made-up name for the sample ticket, decided to go with Osama Bin Laden. Furthermore, the terrorist’s ticket was for a first-class ride to Washington DC.
The image of the ticket appeared in LHR News, a staff publication for Heathrow Airport.
The flight attendants and cleaning crew on a United Express flight that landed at Philadelphia’s airport just after midnight left the plane without making sure everyone was off of it. Ginger McGuire, a Detroit-based woman who works for a local radio and TV station, woke up four hours later on an empty plane. She slept through the landing, then kept right on sleeping. United is trying to figure out why no one bothered to wake her.
The Daily Beast took a page out of the Titanic Awards playbook and crunched the numbers from the National Transportation Safety Board. Their current findings list Continental as the winner. Here’s their full list >>
Thomas Salme, a Swedish pilot, was finally caught after 13 flying commercial airlines with a fake license. He has already racked up 10,000 hours in the air.
He was able to try SAS airline’s flight simulator while we was working as a maintenance engineer, then decided to make a fake license and apply as a co-pilot.
His fine, after he confessed, was 2000 Euros and a year banned from flying. Not such a harsh penalty. He’ll need the time off anyway, as he is now writing a book about his experience. Also his safety record was praised.
A Canadian tourist is still recovering from a spider bite he received on his penis while swimming naked in New Zealand. He had fallen asleep naked on the sand dunes following his swim in Northland, Wellington and awoke to find his Johnson had swollen and the shaft was adorned with a red mark.
The culprit was determined to be a katipo spider.
Dr Nigel Harrison confirmed that it was a “rather nasty, ill-placed bite.”
Solid contender for a Titanic Award here: Worst Ship for a Health Clinic or maybe Best Ship for a Weight Loss Clinic
94 passengers got sick (vomiting and diarrhea) on Thursday aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas ship cruising Northern Europe. Before that, hundreds of passengers got sick on Vision of Seas when it was off the coast of Brazil in March. Three mass illnesses aboard the same ship in three months.
Despite Royal Caribbean spokeswoman claiming these three incidents were definitely not related, it seems… well, hard to swallow.