Marching Band Sets World Record… On MSC Splendida

MSC Cruises ship Splendida played host to a world record-setting event this week – the fastest mile by a marching band.

03Sep15
‘Pon De Left Hand Side: 1st Ever Ganja Festival Coming To Negril

For many travellers to Negril over the past few decades, ganja – or marijuana – has been one of the attractions. But the ‘herb,’ though readily available, has been illegal all that time. After legal changes, the island’s 1st ‘Ganja Festival’ is coming in November.

02Sep15
What Happens In Vegas… Can Be Really Stupid

Two men climbed a fence at The Venetian Hotel in order to gain access to the resort’s faux canal, where visitors take gondola rides. They jumped in, seemingly forgetting that they didn’t know how to swim.

01Sep15
Tiny Bubbles Bring Down Big Plane

Flight diversions and emergency landings appear to be daily events these days, many of them caused by pax who imbibe too much alcohol. An EasyJet flight was recently diverted due to alcohol, but not a drop had yet been consumed.

31Aug15
Gay Pride? Not In Venice, Says New Mayor

The mayor of Venice, who this month had a public spat with British rock star Elton John over family values, says there will never be a Gay Pride parade in the city while he is in charge.

28Aug15
Cheater Discount: CheapAir Gives AshleyMadison Users $50 Off

Will $50 help fix a marriage faced with Ashley Madison revelations? We doubt it – talk about a cheap date – but online agency CheapAir offering $50 travel vouchers to any Ashley Madison user whose information was released to the public.

27Aug15
Woman Chugs $200 Cognac She Couldn’t Take On Plane

We feel her pain. A Chinese woman who was told by airport security that she could not take an expensive bottle of cognac onto the plane decided to consume it all, right then and there.

26Aug15
Hide From Children! Santa Faces Bankruptcy

It makes for a great click-bait headline: Santa Claus Is Going Broke! And it’s true that a major attraction in Finland’s town of Rovaniemi, located close to the Arctic Circle, risks becoming the latest victim of the European economic crisis.

25Aug15
Hilton Washes Its Hands Of Dirty Movies

Hilton Worldwide has announced that it will phase out pornographic programming from its hotel rooms’ video-on-demand inventory.

24Aug15
Born On A TK Flight, Man Now Works As TK Flight Attendant

Stranger than fiction? Just about. No one feels more at home in the sky than TK flight attendant Erkan Geldi. Why? He was born there. In fact, he was born midair on a TK flight from Istanbul to Frankfurt in 1990. His mother named him Erkan in honor of the pilot that day.

21Aug15
EY To Offer Lifestyle Concierges For Its Biggest Spenders

If there’s one thing this humble writer has learned from reading thousands of press releases on luxury products and services over the years, it’s this: the very rich are different than us. A press release from EY underlines the point.

20Aug15
Toddler Left Distraught After Fart-Blaster Toy Seized By Security

A 3 yr. old boy got a lesson in the harsh reality of post 9/11 airport security after having his Minion toy gun - or more accurately his Minion Fart-Blaster - confiscated at DUB.

19Aug15
Sit Where You Like: 105 Seat 737 Flies With 1 Pax

Nigel Short was not planning to take a private plane to Victoria Falls when he arrived at JNB. But that’s what he ended up getting.

18Aug15
Man In Bear Suit Harasses Grizzlies At Tourist Area

Maybe he thinks he’s a grizzly bear. Maybe he was raised by grizzlies and is trying to come home. Or maybe he’s simply cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

17Aug15
Novelty Grenade Forces ONT Evacuation

It’s not nice to call people stupid, but what else can you say about someone who tries to take a replica hand grenade through an airport in 2015?

14Aug15
Poolside ‘Entertainment’ Terrifies Travellers

U.K. tour operator Jet2Holidays has apologized to customers after staff at a hotel in Turkey dressed as ISIS-style gunmen and staged a poolside prank.

13Aug15
Mighty Wind: Typhoon Lifts Parked 747

Typhoon Soudelour ripped through southeastern China and Taiwan over the weekend, killing at least 24 people and injuring hundreds. Although it had weakened by the time it reached Taiwan, its wind gusts were still powerful enough to lift a 170 ton 747 parked at TSA.

12Aug15
Would The Only Sober Crew Member Please Stand Up?

A BT flight carrying 109 pax was denied permission to take off after both pilots and 2 of the 3 crew members failed an alcohol test at OSL.

11Aug15
Branson Is My BFF & Other VS Upgrade Excuses

With his great hair, ubiquitous arm candy and adventurous nature – not to mention his wide-ranging Virgin business success – Richard Branson is a very familiar face. But claiming you’re his pal will not get you an upgrade on a Virgin flight.

10Aug15
Resort Wages War On Beach Hoggers

A Costa del Sol town is taking serious action to combat the perennial bugbear of beach holidays with fines of up to €600 on people who commit the sin of ‘pre-booking’ a patch of sand.

07Aug15