IATA: Bangkok Airport Is A Safety Risk Due To Sub-Standard Materials!

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Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport can’t get away from failing international standards and the associated negative press.

BKK AirportThe most recent development is an announcement by IATA CEO Tyler calling the airport a ‘safety risk’ where aircraft ‘sink in’ on the tarmac due to substandard-materials.

ICAO Bans Cargo Shipments Of Lithium Ion Batteries Eff 1 April 2016 – Personal Items Allowed!

The ICAO announced that from 1st of April 2015 all shipments of Lithium Ion batteries will be banned from all passenger planes following a series of incidents including on board fires.

Lithium Batteries BannedPersonal items that contain Lithium-Ion batteries are still permitted to be taken on the flight though many airlines have their own restrictions such as they are not allowed in checked baggage.

Nashville Airport: Man Walks Butt Naked Into The Terminal And Waits In Check-In Line – Arrested!

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A gentleman in Nashville, TN apparently has a thing for traveling light as he went to the airport butt naked today, awaiting his turn at an American Airlines Check-In counter.

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Though his little exhibitionist trip didn’t last all too long, it was enough for a few candid shots of fellow travelers to brighten our day.

Thailand: Now Included In List Of Countries With ZIKA Virus Alerts – Taiwan Issues Travel Notice

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The Centers for Disease Control of Taiwan, R.O.C. has issued a level 2 alert that Thailand is now a risk area for infections with the ZIKA Virus.

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Pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to effected countries and returning travelers are advised to use condoms during intercourse for a period of one month.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport: Hotel Extension Modules Will Be Built Off Site And Assembled Locally

The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel in Singapore is expanding and that obviously involves plenty of construction. The twist: A lot of it won’t be taking place at Changi but off-site.

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Space constraints in the airport area lead the developers to a new approach which is to assemble the new wing in modules that are prepared off site at a more convenient location.

Bangkok Airport: British Woman Denied Entry After Using Pages Of Her Passport As Toilet Paper

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A British woman arriving in Thailand has been denied after the immigration officer detected missing pages in her passport which as it turned out have been (mis)used as toilet paper a night before.

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This must be one of the most exotic and disgusting passport stories alike and shows once again that stupidity knows no boundaries.

Tragic Incident: Passenger Deceased During Singapore Airlines Flight From Delhi to Singapore

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Traveling is not always a moment of joy as could be seen yesterday when a passenger passed away during a Singapore Airlines flight from New Delhi, India to Changi Airport.

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The gentleman who was only in his 30s was traveling with his family on the flight to Singapore.

Aeromexico: American Sikh Actor/Model Denied Boarding Due To His Turban – Now Refusing To Fly Home!

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A famous fashion model of Sikh faith was denied boarding by Aeromexico security staff in Mexico City on his way back home to New York after he refused to take of his turban in public.

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The man is now camping in the First Class Lounge at Mexico City Airport while a religious organization presses Aeromexico and the airport to make concessions in terms of policy changes and staff training.

U.S. Immigration: Mobile Passport Control As Alternative Entry Option At Four U.S. Airports

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is continuing it’s path towards more electronic entry options following the introduction of Global Entry, Automated Passport Control and now Mobile Passport Control.

CBP Mobile Passport

Mobile Passport work through an application on your cellphone where you transmit personal data after landing and you will receive a QR code that allows the CBP officer to process you at a designated counter.

Enough Is Enough: Chinese Airlines Team Up To Create Database Of Unruly Passengers To Be Banned From Flights

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The patience of the big Chinese Airlines with their uncivilized and unruly clientele is at an end. The five biggest carriers will create a common database that contains names who are banned from all flights.

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China faces a unique problem, many Chinese are first time travelers who have never been educated how to behave properly and they engage in brawls, assault staff and delay flights.

Manila Airport: Ceiling At NAIA Terminal 3 Partly Collapsed, Injuring Passenger

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Part of the ceiling at Manilas Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 3 has collapsed, slightly injuring a passenger who was hit by the debris.

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NAIA Terminal 3 is the most modern building of the international airport which easily belongs to the group of being one of the worst in the world.

Fabulous Fridays: Airlines Reducing/Eliminating Fuel Surcharges Based On Current Market Prices

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With crude oil trading on a 12 year low, some airlines have now decided to drastically reduce fuel surcharges or even eliminate them completely from their ticket prices.

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This could slowly make air travel a bit more affordable especially when redeeming mileage tickets on certain airlines.

Now Confirmed: Six Days Visa Free Transit In Shanghai/Nanjing/Hangzhou Effective January 30th 2016

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The planned adjustment to up the number of days you can transit without a visa in the Chinese cities of Shanghai,Nanjing and Hangzhou to six days has now been officially announced by the authorities.

Shanghai 6D TWOV

Beginning this coming Saturday, January 30th 2016, the new system will come into effect allowing certain foreign visitors to stay in these cities and their surroundings for almost an entire week.

The Economist: Free Economy Plus Seating Upon Availability – An Option?

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Why do premium seats stay empty and should passengers be moved to Economy Plus (Premium Economy) seats free of charge when those are available upon departure?

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Some say ‘why not?’ while others (paying passengers) refuse such an option as it undermines the pricing structure and their own investment in a premium seat.

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