*/A British Airways jet has turned around soon after taking off from Heathrow and made a priority landing back at the same airport.
It’s the first rule of airport security: you need a valid ticket and passport to board a flight. Or do you?One American woman has been trying to evade airport security for over a decade and sneak onto flights without a ticket or passport in a bizarre case that has seen her named ”the serial stowaway”.
Air Canada is to ban staff from addressing passengers as “ladies and gentlemen” when making onboard announcements in an effort to be more gender inclusive.Standard practice has been for passengers to be greeted with “ladies and gentlemen” or “mesdames et messieurs”.
A Scottish women who had her ID stolen in London was left baffled after easyJet told her she could not fly home and should “visit her embassy”.Dr Carrie Ruxton, a dietician from Fife, was due to fly back to Scotland with her nine-year-old daughter in July 2019 but her bag was stolen in Covent Garden.
A start-up carrier called Flylolo has just told 3,000 people who had bought half-term holiday flights between Britain and the Canaries that their flights are cancelled.Here are the key questions and answers.
Thousands of travellers heading for Spain for half-term have been told their flights have been abruptly cancelled. Hundreds more, who are already away, may need to cut short their trips and pay again to get home.Three weeks after Thomas Cook collapsed, a company called Flylolo has told customers that the flights they had booked in good faith will not take off.
When first I travelled to Tokyo, in the 1980s, it involved a trip to Alaska. The British Airways Boeing 747 was not yet capable of making the 6,000-mile journey nonstop. Instead, to reach the Far East you flew west to Anchorage and west again to the Japanese capital. The distance was almost 8,000 miles. But even that was shorter than my trip this week from Heathrow to Tokyo via Dubai.During the four-hop journey, which involved a total of 35 hours in the sky, I had plenty of time to notice 10 things about flying on Emirates, and I want to pass them on to you.
A year after Tui faced accusations of sexism for handing out gendered stickers to children on its flights, the travel firm has been accused of issuing them again.Cabin crew were found to be giving out stickers reading “Future Tui captain” to boys and “Future Tui cabin crew” to girls during its flights in August 2018.
Flights to and within the Mediterranean are being disrupted by an eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily.Eurocontrol in Brussels says: “An eruption of volcano Etna has started. The height of the plume at the moment is up to FL140 [14,000 feet] and seems to be composed mainly by steam.
The Velka Pardubicka, or “Pardubice” to English speakers, is a horse race outside Prague that takes place this Sunday, 13 October. Often billed as the most dangerous race on earth, it makes the Grand National look like a trot round Hyde Park. It is a steeplechase, which means that as well as the usual fences there are a whole array of other impediments like water ditches and short slopes for the horses to navigate. There is also a small copse to go around and a “ploughed field” of dusty mud, along with the Great Taxis Ditch, an eight-metre obstacle that can only be jumped once a year.British and Irish racing has a long connection with the race, with many riders coming over to take part. The interest has tailed off in recent years, and no British rider has won since 1995. Partly this is because the race is insanely dangerous for jockeys as well as horses. The British former jockey Marcus Armitage, now a racing writer and commentator, has said his own moment of clarity, having ridden several times, came as he received treatment next to a colleague who was receiving a heart massage. That is nothing on the all time champion, the Czech Josef Vana, whose eight victories in the race are less impressive than the fact that he was once declared dead after a fall only to recover and be back in the saddle two months later.
A passenger was so drunk onboard a US flight that he reportedly vomited in a female passenger’s hair.The incident occurred on a Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago to Baltimore.
A woman who screamed at cabin crew and exposed herself on a flight, forcing the plane to divert, has been jailed.Natasha Allen subjected cabin crew to a “terrifying” episode of air rage during a Thomas Cook flight from Manchester to Fuerteventura, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Don’t let the utilitarian name put you off. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government HQ is a big tourist attraction – especially for the next 40 weeks.Shake off the crowds in the world’s busiest railway station, Shinjuku. Wander west past karaoke bars and pachinko halls, and walk right into the local authority headquarters.
Hundreds of passengers in Scotland have been given just hours notice that their half-term flights to the Canary Islands will not be taking off – and warned not to go to the airport.A Sussex-based company, Flylolo, had sold seats for three flights from Glasgow airport to Tenerife and one to Lanzarote on Friday and Saturday.
The Star Ferry chugging across Victoria Harbour, neon towers glittering below The Peak, dim sum baskets stacked high like skyscrapers... Hong Kong’s typical postcard scenes have recently been eclipsed by a non-stop stream of violent clashes. As the city reels from more than four months of anti-extradition bill demonstrations, here’s what you need to know about how the protests will affect your visit.What are the protests about? Mass demonstrations kicked off in June in response to a proposed extradition bill, which included an agreement with mainland China. While the Hong Kong government argued it would plug legal loopholes, opponents feared the bill would enable the central government to extradite political dissidents on false pretences and try them in the country’s opaque legal system.
Europe’s biggest holiday company will fly an extra two million passengers next year as it moves to expand its market share following the collapse of Thomas Cook.Tui will add about 10,000 flights in 2020, using pilots and cabin crew recruited from the failed tour operator.
Passengers flying from London City airport this week will have their boarding passes checked at the entrance amid threats of a three-day “shut down” by Extinction Rebellion.The climate activists, who have been protesting in central London this week, plan to “peacefully occupy and shut down” the airport for three days from 9am today.
Despite the shock cancellation of England’s match against France on Saturday, interest in travelling to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan is strong. And unlike last year’s football World Cup in Russia, when fares rose to over £1,000 return for the short hop from London to Moscow, flight bargains are still widely available.The England-France group match in Yokohama was called off ahead of Super Typhoon Hagibis. The organisers said: “Hagibis is predicted to be the biggest typhoon of the 2019 season and is highly likely to cause considerable disruption in the Tokyo, Yokohama and city of Toyota areas throughout Saturday, including likely public transport shutdown or disruption.”
There is a whole raft of things to consider when travelling with children.Here are 10 of the best family-friendly places to stay in London – from Victoria to Clerkenwell – with spacious or interconnecting rooms, free meals for children, complimentary activities, swimming pools, kitchenettes and added extras such as toys, games and treats. As well as five-star luxury, London also has budget options.
Beyond the Robin Hood clichés, modern-day Nottingham is a dynamic hub for arts and culture. Shaped by an industrial golden age of lace making, tobacco and bicycle manufacture, the city has been galvanised in recent years thanks to the arrival of a sleek new tram network, the angular Nottingham Contemporary gallery and the part-pedestrianisation of its artsy Hockley district.Although a city in flux – with the bulldozed Broadmarsh Centre undergoing a major facelift – there’s plenty of personality and layers of history illuminating its compact city centre, including a Unesco-recognised literary heritage that counts Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe among its heroes. A buoyant student population keep Nottingham’s nightlife among the country’s most relevant, while first-class retail, sports facilities and music venues give reason for return visits.
An Ethiopian Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off when the engine caught fire.The jet had just taken off from Dakar, Senegal, for Bamako in Mali when the pilot realised one of the plane engines was ablaze.
Argentina’s wine-making capital Mendoza (the name of the city and the province) is a welcome indulgence at any time of year. Dozens of bodegas (wineries) open their cellar doors year round to offer up tastings, paired lunches or picnics among vineyards, many in the shadow of the Andes’ handsome peaks.Besides its wine-making heritage, Mendoza – officially one of the world’s great wine capitals – has also played its part in Argentina’s history: General José de San Martín led his Army of the Andes across the mountain range from Uco Valley, helping Chile to gain independence from the Spanish in 1817.
Passengers onboard a luxury cruise ship to the Norwegian fjords staged an onboard rebellion as the ship missed out key stops and toilets stopped working.Tourists chanted “we want refunds” during a two-week cruise that was due to sail around the Fjords and Iceland.
All Thomas Cook stores in the UK will be acquired by a rival travel firm.The 55 high street stores have been bought by Hays Travel, an independent travel agent, which will also safeguard a "significant number" of jobs for former employees.
The collapse of Thomas Cook will make holidaymakers think more carefully about consumer protection, travel industry leaders say.The failure last month of the 178-year-old tour operator has been the main topic at the Abta Travel Convention in Tokyo.