His sandals looked a little too heavy to customs agents at MIA. Their hunch was right.

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Howard CohenSat, February 20, 2021, 10:14 AM

A drug bust at Miami International Airport had a decidedly Florida flavor.

One clue: the brown and beige sandals were rather heavy for such a simple looking pair.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, a man traveling from Jamaica tried to smuggle more than a pound of cocaine inside a pair of sandals.

On Friday, officers said they found a white powdery substance and a tiny drug balloon, or pellet, concealed in the casual footwear during a baggage inspection. The items weighed about 1.3 pounds and field tested positive for cocaine.

They also discovered that he swallowed more than two dozen pellets filled with cocaine.

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Plane debris falls on Denver suburbs during fiery emergency landing

Debris from a US passenger jet fell onto Denver suburbs during an emergency landing on Saturday, with one very large piece narrowly missing a home.

The United Airlines flight was bound for Honolulu when it suffered a right engine failure shortly after take off from Denver International Airport.

Large pieces of debris could be seen falling from the sky in Broomfield, a suburb north of Denver, before the aircraft was able to return safely to the airport.

Remarkably, nobody aboard or on the ground was reported injured, Broomfield Police Department said.

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The TSA wants to hire 6,000 new airport security officers by the summer

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(CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration is working to hire more than 6,000 airport security screening officers ahead of the traditionally busy summer travel season.The agency said in a news release that it was expecting a seasonal increase in the number of air travelers in the coming months and that more people will be flying as Covid-19 vaccinations become more widespread.

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Winter storm: Memphis airport closed due to low water pressure; 1,100-plus canceled flights


Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAYFri, February 19, 2021, 7:09 AM

Memphis International Airport canceled all flights for Friday, though it wasn’t because of an icy airfield.

“The airport has experienced low pressure periodically this week, but levels dropped Thursday night to the point that passenger operations were no longer feasible,” officials said in a press release. “As a result, the airport is closed to incoming and outgoing passenger flights on Friday, Feb 19. Cargo operations remain unaffected.”

They added, “The terminal will remain closed until water pressure has been restored to acceptable operational levels,” explaining that “the airport requires a significant water supply for restrooms, operations, food and beverage, and the airlines.”

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Quarantine hotel rooms are ‘like a prison’

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Caroline Davies – Transport correspondent, BBC News

Quarantine hotels in the UK opened to their first guests on Monday, but some guests staying in them have expressed concerns about their safety, the cost and whether the system works.

Everyone who has visited or transited through 33 countries on the UK’s “red list” who arrive in England must stay 11 nights in a quarantine hotel.

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One guest said it was “like prison”.

People travelling from red list countries to Wales and Northern Ireland will be required to book and pay for quarantine in England.

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Naked hotel guests in South Korea shocked to discover mirrored glass in sauna was actually see-through

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Julian Ryall Wed, February 17, 2021, 10:14 PM

A newlywed South Korean couple say they are undergoing counselling after being told that the windows in the luxurious spa of their five-star resort hotel were of one-way glass – only to discover on the final day of their stay that they had been walking around naked in full view of other guests.

The husband posted a complaint online about the Grand Josun Jeju Hotel, on the island of Jeju off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.

He claimed that his wife had used the sauna on several occasions during their stay and had not bothered to use a towel to cover up because they had been told that the windows of the second-floor sauna were mirrored.

“While taking a walk around the hotel on the last day of our stay, we discovered the interior was visible from the outside”, the Korea Times quoted the man as saying. “We could even see the writing on a thermometer inside the sauna.

“There were a number of other guests using the facilities, including minors”.

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Guinea’s epidemic is the first resurgence of the disease in the region since the most deadly outbreak on record ended in 2016. Meanwhile a separate outbreak has been reported in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the CongoPhoto via @TelGlobalHealth


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more than 40 people dead after a bus crashes into a canal in India


Rescuers from the State Disaster Response Force and other workers recovered 45 bodies after a bus veered off a bridge and fell into a canal in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary says six people were rescued.