British family stranded abroad after accidentally leaving passports on a plane

A British family have found themselves stranded abroad after accidentally leaving their passports on the plane.

Victoria Walker, 29, her mother, husband and two children flew to Geneva on a skiing holiday with EasyJet.

But their dream break turned into a nightmare when they got off the plane in Switzerland and Victoria realised her daughter had put their passports in the pocket of the seat in front of them.

By the time Victoria realised their mistake in the queue for immigration, the plane was already on its way back to Manchester.

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Victoria Walker, 29, said her daughter had put the passports in the seat in front of them on the plane. (SWNS)
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The Walker family were due to fly to Switzerland on an EasyJet for a skiing holiday. (SWNS)

Police: 63-vehicle pileup in Virginia results in injuries

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A pileup involving more than 60 cars on a major interstate in Virginia on Sunday morning injured dozens of people, some critically, according to state police.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 64 in York County and for a time shut down traffic in both directions, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a statement.

The agency tweeted that there was fog and ice along a bridge when what was described as a chain-reaction wreck began.

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Plane passenger gives first-class seat to 88-year-old woman, makes her ‘dream’ come true

One Virgin Atlantic flight attendant didn’t hesitate to play favorites when sharing the sweet story of her new “favorite” passengers Jack and Violet, pictured, (Leah Amy/Facebook)

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A Virgin Atlantic flight attendant didn’t hesitate to play favorites when sharing the sweet story of her new “favorite” passengers: a kindhearted man and the elderly woman he selflessly swapped seats with, so she could enjoy his first-class digs.

Last week, Virgin stewardess Leah Amy shared the heartwarming tale on Facebook, in a post that has since gone viral with over 4,100 likes and 1,300 shares.

Leah has already met famous athletes, supermodels and actors through her work as a flight attendant, but she said these two travelers — whom she identified as Jack and Violet — were her new “favorite passengers EVER!”

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Temperatures drop, bringing snow and ice warnings, but it doesn’t mean we’ll have a white Christmas

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Parts of Britain could be in line for a white Christmas, with a cold snap starting this week.

The Met Office has forecast ice and freezing temperatures for Monday, and some parts of the country already had two inches of snow on Sunday night.

A yellow weather warning was in place for parts of the country on Monday, with the Met Office warning that temperatures would plummet “widely below zero”, leading to icy stretches on the roads and up to 2cm of snow.

The lowest minimum temperature was recorded at Kinbrace in the Scottish Highlands, where the mercury dropped to -3.6C.

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A flight bound for New York took off from Germany, flew for 8 hours, then landed 85 miles from where it started - Book Cheap Flights!
  • Passengers on a Lufthansa flight last Monday flew for eight hours and landed 85 miles from where the plane took off.
  • Flight LH404 departed from Frankfurt, Germany, and was destined for JFK Airport in New York but was forced to do a U-turn as it reached the Atlantic because of a fault in the plane’s hydraulics system.
  • Frankfurt Airport is closed at night, so the plane was forced to land in nearby Cologne and passengers were transported by bus back to Frankfurt, a Lufthansa spokesman told Business Insider.
  • The spokesman said that the plane made a safe landing and that there were no problems despite the concern about the hydraulics system.

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While the vast majority of tourists to South and Central America find nothing but a warm welcome and rewarding experiences, there are some clear risks – especially in the big cities. 

Most crime is relatively petty, involving pick-pocketing or bag-snatching. But in some locations there is a more serious threat, especially if a robbery does not go according to the perpetrators’ plan.

What is the official advice about Argentina?

The Foreign Office warns mainly about street crime.

“Keep a close eye on your personal possessions at all times. Thieves normally work in teams of two or more and tend to target small bags and pockets.

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A former cruise-ship waiter explains why the party culture on cruise ships isn’t as fun as it seems

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  • Cruise ships have a reputation for fostering a party culture among employees fueled by long hours and cheap drinks available at crew-only bars.
  • But social drinking can turn into self-medication, according to Brian David Bruns, who worked as a waiter for Carnival Cruise Line.
  • Bruns told Business Insider that the stress and loneliness of working on a cruise ship made alcohol an attractive coping mechanism.

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Wintry storm to unleash snow, ice and rain as it marches across 2,000-mile stretch of US

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AccuWeather meteorologists have been monitoring for a parade of storms to sweep across the country throughout the middle of the month, and the next one in line threatens to deliver a dose of wintry weather to more than 100 million Americans over a three- to four-day period. 

A cross-country storm is set to bring enough snow to shovel and plow along a stretch of about 2,000 miles from the Colorado Rockies to Down East Maine with a wintry mix and rain to the south and pockets of ice along the way.

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Nine airline employees at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were arrested about a year ago for plotting to smuggle drugs out of the airport. Since then, they’ve admitted to being willing to smuggle anything on board a commercial airline for money including drugs, weapons and plastic explosives.

The nine employees included a baggage scanner, baggage handler and other employees who could monitor bags being placed on and off Spirit Airlines and Envoy Air aircrafts. A tenth employee involved in the ring is a fugitive.

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New Zealand volcano eruption: 2 Victims Identified, 30 in Burn Units

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Two more people have died following a volcanic eruption Monday on New Zealand’s White Island police have announced.

The official death toll now stands at eight, according to a New Zealand police release issued on Wednesday afternoon, EST.

The newly-reported deaths came after authorities said they had confirmed six people had died and the bodies of eight other people were believed to remain on the island. That brings the suspected total death count to 16.

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