Amsterdam bans ‘disrespectful’ red-light district tours as of 2020


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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.

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Passengers lifted one-by-one from cruise ship that lost power near Norwegian coast after mayday call

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 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.

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Teen daughter removed from front of Spirit Airlines plane while uninformed mother sat in back, lawsuit claims


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.

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A 24-year-old woman assaulted a flight attendant and now she could go to jail for 21 years

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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.

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Disabled veteran says DoubleTree hotel denied military members service: They ‘treated us like crap’


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The DoubleTree hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., has apologized for a sign banning military members from its bar. (Photo: Getty Images)
The sign preventing military personnel from accessing the hotel bar. (Photo: Aimee Osbourne via Facebook/KOAA News 5)

I wanted to take this opportunity to provide again my sincerest apologies for the situation that took place last week…

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Military members who tried purchasing alcoholic drinks at a franchise of DoubleTree by Hilton were denied service, and now two hotel employees are “no longer employed.”  

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The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots’ training

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local):

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Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the U.S. aviation regulator to fly the 737 Max 8 jet that crashed this month, killing all 157 passengers.

CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Thursday that the airline’s pilots completed the training meant to help them shift from an older model to the newer 737 Max 8.

He said the pilots were also made aware of an emergency directive issued by the U.S. regulator, the FAA, following the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air last year.

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Jet Blue pilots accused of drugging and raping female crew members in new lawsuit

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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.

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As Hawaii faces a ‘tipping point’ in tourism, Southwest Airlines could bring relief

 

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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.

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Pilot who hitched a ride in cockpit saved doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max day before it crashed

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As the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing 737 Max 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit.

That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, two people familiar with Indonesia’s investigation told Bloomberg.

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Woman pleads guilty to sneaking aboard international flight


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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.

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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. 

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Death toll in floods in Indonesia’s Papua rises to nearly 80

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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.

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Bloody brawl breaks out between two passengers on Ryanair flight to Spain


“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.”

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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.

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Woman told to cover up or ‘be removed’ by flight staff

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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.

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American Airlines Boots Bachelorette Party Off Mexico Flight Because The Bride’s Mother ‘Looked Drunk’

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A group of ladies from sacramento were kicked off their flight to Mexico for a bride’s bachelorette party. An employee for American Airlines said the bride’s mother appeared to be drunk.

Amber Granlund, a bridesmaid who spoke with Fox 40, said it was a misunderstanding, and that the bride’s mom was just nervous about traveling.

“She’s in her 50s, almost 60s,” Granlund said. “There could have been something else going on.” 

Granlund said that the mother of bride had consumed one or two drinks before boarding but was definitely not intoxicated. “It wasn’t drunken behavior,” she said.

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