LAX employee slams allegedly ‘arrogant’ celebrity travelers: ‘Wouldn’t get off the aircraft’


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22-year-old Cindy is a former customer service rep who worked at LAX — up until March when the coronavirus hit the travel industry hard. In the meantime, she’s been gaining thousands of followers on TikTok for her hilarious and honest reviews of celebrities she’s interacted with at LAX.

Some ratings were no surprise — we’ve heard complaints against some of these celebrities before — and others sounded like maybe famous people really are just like us and forget their passports and ask where baggage claim is.

“It was fun for the most part,” Cindy told BuzzFeed about interacting with so many celebrities on a regular basis. “Most of them were really humble and honestly just normal people, so it was nice getting to see that different side to them rather than what you see on TV or in movies.”

Here’s what Cindy had to say about these very famous travelers:

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“Technically I wasn’t supposed to take pictures with him but I was on my ‘lunch time,’” Cindy explained, pointing to a photo of her with Matthew Gray Grubler. “20 out of 10.”

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man dies after getting stuck four-feet down in water slide ‘support pipe’ at Arizona aquatic park


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  • The body of a 32-year-old man has been recovered Monday morning 
  • He got stuck in a waterslide support pipe at Eldorado Aquatic Park in Scottsdale
  • It’s unknown whether the individual is a worker or someone else at the park
  • Officials initially held a rescue effort that later changed into a recovery effort 

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Crews pictured above dismantling and using a crane to lift a pipe that the man was stuck in
Crews pictured above dismantling and using a crane to lift a pipe that the man was stuck in

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Emergency crews recovered the body of a  man who was found trapped in a pipe, seen above, connected to a water slide at Eldorado Aquatic Park in Scottsdale, Arizona
Emergency crews recovered the body of a  man who was found trapped in a pipe, seen above, connected to a water slide at Eldorado Aquatic Park in Scottsdale, Arizona

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American Airlines passenger hits gate agent in Phoenix after being denied boarding for not wearing a mask


Before Yolanda Yarbrough (pictured) could board a connecting flight to Las Vegas, an American Airlines gate agent in Phoenix told her she would need to wear a mask in order to board.
Before Yolanda Yarbrough (pictured) could board a connecting flight to Las Vegas, an American Airlines gate agent in Phoenix told her she would need to wear a mask in order to board.

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A woman was denied boarding on an American Airlines flight at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for refusing to wear a mask.

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August 13, 2020, 7:40 AM CDT 0:22 0:51   Face mask controversy fuels heated confrontations as masks become requirement

A woman struck an American Airlines gate agent after she was denied boarding at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday for refusing to wear a mask, reports the Arizona Republic, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network.

The woman was a passenger on American Airlines flight 2027 from Los Angeles, which according to Flight Aware arrived in Phoenix just before 8 a.m. She was scheduled to connect to Las Vegas. After she refused to wear a mask on the first flight, crew members flagged her itinerary to be denied service in accordance with American’s policy on mask wearing.

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“After arriving into Phoenix and being informed that they would not be able to take their connecting flight to Las Vegas, the individual became irate and struck an American team member in the terminal,” said Curtis Blessing, a spokesperson for American Airlines. “Law enforcement was requested and since this is now a law enforcement matter, we would refer additional questions to the Phoenix Police Department.”

Blessing said the gate agent was not injured.

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You Can Rent This Floating Party Pod That Can Sail Around the World With 12 People


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More people are looking for remote getaways lately — like a stay in an old-school covered wagon or sleeping in a truck camper in the woods. Another option to consider? An eco-friendly floating pod that can sail around the world.

Anthénea is a luxury, floating hotel suite and a water-based mobile home. It’s designed by architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, whose inspiration for the vessel came from James Bond’s floating pod in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

The floating habitat runs off of solar energy and releases clean water back into the ocean using black and gray water stations. It uses sand screw anchoring to avoid any damage to the underwater ecosystem and environment. Inside, the dome-shaped vessel offers 360-views of the ocean. The bedroom includes an extra large round bed with an overflow round bathtub that can be filled with sea or freshwater. There’s also a small living area with kitchen necessities and fiberglass windows that allow you to see into the ocean. On top, the pod has an open, outdoor seating area that accommodates up to 12 people.

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Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

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NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said.

Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, said the dead included one of the pilots of the Air India Express flight. He said at least 15 of the injured were in critical condition, and that rescue operations were over.

The two-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, the airline said.

A similar tragedy to Friday’s was narrowly avoided at the same airport a year ago, when an Air India Express flight suffered a tail strike upon landing. None of the 180 passengers of that flight were injured.

Kozhikode’s 2,850-meter (9,350-foot) runway is on a flat hilltop with deep gorges on either side ending in a 34-meter (112-foot) drop.

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As many as 100 people involved in brawl at California hotel



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Two people suffered stab wounds and two were arrested after a large brawl at a Southern California hotel that involved as many as 100 people, police said.

Officers found 60 to 100 people involved in a fight in a parking lot outside and in the lobby of the Cambria Hotel around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Shane Carringer, an Anaheim police spokesman.

“People did arm themselves with makeshift weapons. It appears they used broomsticks and the legs of chairs,” Carringer said. “It was obviously a chaotic scene.”

Two people suffered lacerations that Carringer described as stab wounds, but the injuries were not life-threatening, he said.

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Splash Mountain log ride at Disney World partially sinks with visitors onboard


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August 4, 2020, 9:36 AM

A group of Walt Disney World Resort visitors encountered a lot more water than they expected on a ride at Splash Mountain on Sunday.

video shared by one rider shows a log flume ride starting to sink, forcing the evacuation of everyone on board after the water flooded up to their seats at the Florida theme park.

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Deserted beaches, free Covid tests – and no masks: Europe’s ‘safest’ destinations lure British tourists


Richard Orange

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August 1, 2020, 9:39 AM

Norway has more coastline than Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Sweden and France combined and ten times as many islands as Greece, the country’s tourism agency is boasting in its new advertising campaign for British holidaymakers forced to rethink travel plans in light of Europe’s ‘second wave’.

Space to social distance rather than sunshine is at the core of the new marketing campaigns launched by a string of unusual holiday destinations competing to lure Brits taking last-minute summer breaks.

With just three cases per 100,000 people over the last fortnight, and a population density of less than six people per square mile, Norway has a good claim to being both the safest destination, and the most unlikely to see Britain impose surprise quarantine rules.


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It is 2nd only to Estonia in the number of Codiv-19 cases.

Estonia has registered even fewer infections, 2.6 per 100,000, making it is the safest destination in Europe currently completely open to British tourists. Finland and Hungary, on 2.6 and 2.4 respectively, still impose restrictions.

There is a caveat, however: it’s worth remembering that if the UK’s 14-day cumulative rate of new infections rises from today’s 12.6 per 100,000 to 16, visitors to Estonia will face quarantine, and if it hits 20, visitors to Norway will.

Like Norway’s, Estonia’s tourism agency is pushing the appeal of its deserted countryside, 2,000 islands, and its low infection rate.

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Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska


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MARK THIESSEN

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July 31, 2020, 1:57 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane. The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and carried a guide from Kansas and four people from South Carolina.

“This is an unfathomable tragedy for multiple families today,” Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Amanda Price said. “Troopers and partner agencies have worked together diligently at the scene and have reached out to next of kin to notify them of this heartbreaking incident.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the fatal accident, which occurred just before 8:30 a.m.

Rita Geller, who works at a golf course near the airport, said she started running when she heard the planes hit, and watched one fall to the ground,

“I ran to more of a clearing and basically saw it explode,” she told the Anchorage Daily News. “The engine, things were flying off of it. I didn’t see the second plane, but I saw a lot of debris flying around. It was horrific. It was just like 9/11.”

Troopers say six of the seven people were pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. The seventh person died while being transported to a hospital.

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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, then Rep.-elect Gary Knopp sits in his office at the Alaska Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, then Rep.-elect Gary Knopp sits in his office at the Alaska Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp’s death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

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FILE - This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp's death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
FILE – This Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp waits during a break in a floor session in which the House failed to elect a permanent speaker in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska House Majority says Knopp was killed in the mid-air collision of two planes near Soldotna on Friday, July 31, 2020. Alaska State Troopers would not confirm Knopp’s death beyond saying the mid-air collision near the airport in Soldotna was a fatal crash. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
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