Tourists will no longer be able to flock and gawk at the infamous attractions of Amsterdam’s red-light district through any official guided tours, effective Jan. 1 of next year. City officials have moved to end both free and paid tours of the historic area as increasing droves of visitors are reportedly “not respectful” to sex workers on the clock.
The news was announced by Amsterdam’s deputy mayor in a statement earlier this week.
Passengers onboard a Viking Sky cruise ship are being lifted one-by-one by helicopters after the ship’s engines failed on Saturday during stormy weather off the west coast of Norway. The crew was able to restart one engine and deploy the anchor, preventing it from drifting toward land.
Breaking News: A cruise ship has suffered engine failure in windy conditions off the west coast of Norway and will evacuate its 1,300 passengers. The Viking Sky was drifting towards land and had sent out a mayday signal. The ship belongs to Viking Ocean Cruises. pic.twitter.com/DtFbvGeV9X
A 15-year-old girl is removed from a Spirit Airlines flight due to overbooking, while her unbeknownst mother and brother sit in the back of the plane — and don’t realize until halfway through the flight.
While it may sound like the scene out of a movie like Flightplan or Home Alone 2, a Michigan woman claims it happened to her.
Stacy Giordano says she was flying with her daughter and son from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to Detroit, Mich., in April of 2018, when the family had to switch planes in Tampa, ABC 15 reports.
An Australian woman flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles International Airport on a United Airlines flight could face 21 years in federal prison after she assaulted a flight attendant.
The 24-year-old woman, Adau Akui Atem Mornyang, has been found guilty of the Jan. 21 incident. “The jury found Mornyang guilty of a felony charge of interference with a flight crew and a misdemeanor assault count,” a press release from the United States Department of Justice read.
Two female JetBlue crew members claim they and a third women were drugged by two pilots for the airline, and that one of those pilots also raped them and intentionally passed on a sexually transmitted disease, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
The plaintiffs, referred to in the suit as Jane Doe 1, of Riverton, Utah, and Jane Doe 2, of Fort Worth, Texas, say the incident occurred in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 2018. The women had just completed their shift on a flight from Washington, D.C., to Puerto Rico, and checked into the Intercontinental Hotel in San Juan. They then headed to the beach together, where they met Eric Johnson and Dan Watson, the defendants. After a brief chat, they learned the men were JetBlue pilots.
HONOLULU — As Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ramps up its service to Hawaii with 28 daily flights by the end of May, the state is facing a problem in managing the growing number of visitors to the island who spend less money here every year.
“We’re not at a crisis point yet. We’re at a tipping point. We have so many visitors, we need to get serious about creating management programs,” said Frank Haas, a travel industry veteran who is the former marketing director at the Hawaii Tourism Authority and formerly served as an Assistant Dean at the University of Hawaii.
Haas joined James Mak, a professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii and Paul Brewbaker, a longtime economist who worked for the Bank of Hawaii, to write a nine-page white paper last month which details how Hawaii has failed to manage tourism.
“Yeah, I would even say we struck a nerve so to speak. We wrote about what a lot of (local) people are already thinking,” Brewbaker said.
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who’s been dubbed a serial stowaway was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to sneaking past Chicago airport security last year, boarding a plane and flying to London without a ticket.
As part of her plea deal, Marilyn Hartman, 67, can’t go to Chicago’s O’Hare or Midway airports without a ticket. She entered the plea to a criminal trespassing charge but had originally faced counts of felony theft, burglary and other charges.
“I do apologize for the airport and … causing problems for them,” Hartman told Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas.
An annual ranking of the best and worst airlines in the United States has Delta leading the pack.
The Points Guy‘s third annual list ranked the 10 largest U.S. airlines from best to worst. Criteria included timeliness, comfort, cancellations, pricing, customer satisfaction, lost baggage among others.
“This report directly reflects the changes in the industry and consumer preferences with shake-ups in our top rankings,” said Brian Kelly, The Points Guy CEO and founder.
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on Monday as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.
“The crew of this flight … requested police assistance upon arrival after two passengers became disruptive in-flight,” Ryanair spokesman Piaras Kelly said in a statement to USA TODAY. “The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained two individuals.”
At the expense of angering theme-park goers, Walt Disney‘s (NYSE: DIS) move to increase some of its Disney World ticket prices on Tuesday is the right call. The world’s largest theme-park operator has now boosted admission rates for 31 consecutive years.
All of the headlines and social media uproar centers on Disney World’s introduction of a new holiday tier to its pricing. It will cost visitors $159 for a single-day ticket to visit any of Disney’s four Florida theme parks during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day this year, a whopping 23% more than they paid to visit Disney World during the last week of 2018. However, the more affordable passes received more modest 2% to 8% increases, with the resort’s cheapest one-day passes not budging higher at all.
As happens every year around this time, Walt Disney World has raised the price of park passes—this year, both for one day, one park passes and park hopper tickets. The shift comes shortly after Disney announced the opening date for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.
In the days since the horrific Ethiopian Airlines crash, I have received a lot of email from pilots, aircraft engineers, and others with experience in aviation. These have been in response to three previous posts: first here, then here, then most recently here (with quotes from pilots’ observations about the Boeing 737 Max via NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System).
While I sift through the other messages, let me start with one from a highly experienced pilot and flight instructor. His name is Wally Magathan, and he has worked as an airline pilot, an Air Force pilot and C-5 Galaxy flight instructor, and an instructor in airline L-1011 flight-simulators. I know him through COPA, the organization of pilots and owners of Cirrus’s small single-engine airplanes.
Emily O’Connor, 21, from Solihull, says Thomas Cook staff threatened to remove her from a flight she boarded from Birmingham to Tenerife unless she put a jacket on.
Staff threatened to remove Emily O’Connor if she did not cover up. [Photo: Instagram/Twitter]
Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane. pic.twitter.com/r28nvSYaoY
asked the plane (as they were all listening now anyway) if I was offending anyone, no-one said a word. The manager then went to get my bag to remove me from the flight. A man then shouted “Shut up you pathetic woman. Put a f*cking jacket on”- the staff said nothing to him