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Naked man forces flight to turn around

<p><span>A plane has been forced to turn around after a passenger stripped off his clothing and locked himself in the toilet mid-flight.</span></p> <p><span>Flight attendants on the Alaska Airlines flight discovered the passenger naked after he refused to follow instructions from the crew.</span></p> <p><span>The flight, which had 178 passengers onboard, was travelling to Seattle but was forced to turn back because of the unruly man.</span></p> <p><span>Airport Police Sergeant Darcey Perry told KTVA, “There was a subject on the aircraft that had barricaded or locked himself in the bathroom, the lavatory.</span></p> <p><span>"Flight attendants did find that the subject was naked.”</span></p> <p><span>An Alaska Airline spokesman said the flight was turned around “due to a passenger not following flight attendants’ instructions".</span></p> <p><span>Tim Thompson said in an email, "While no emergency was declared, pilots made the decision to return to Anchorage.</span></p> <p><span>“Flight 146 arrived at Anchorage International around 2.45am and was met by law enforcement officers at the gate. The passenger was escorted off the flight by officers.”</span></p> <p><span>KTVA revealed that the man was questioned by the FBI but no charges were filed against him.</span></p> <p><span>A passenger named Kate Danyluk explained that the man “had taken off his clothes and he just wasn’t in his right mind".</span></p> <p><span>“The police came on and took him out the back door."</span></p> <p><span>Danyluk added, “I’d rather go back to Anchorage than have something happen.”</span></p> <p><span>A US attorney spokeswoman said the man was taken to hospital for a “mental health evaluation”.</span></p> <p><span>What is the most bizarre thing you have witnessed on a flight? Let us know in the comments below. </span></p>

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How Australia is saving Maccas

<p><span>McDonald innovations started in Australia are being cited as one of the key reasons behind an astonishing turnaround in the company’s global fortunes.</span></p> <p><span>After the fast food giant encountered falling sales, the US chain announced on Tuesday that in the six months leading up to June, sales increased by 6.6 per cent in stores globally and 3.9 per cent in the US.</span></p> <p><span>The US sales were the company’s best for five years while the UK, Canada, Germany and China were also standout markets.</span></p> <p><span>One new Maccas line that has been responsible for improved sales are the posh burgers that first made an appearance in Australia.</span></p> <p><span>Australia has long been a tester for Macca’s with new products and new features, such as self-serve kiosks, appearing in Australia before being rolled out internationally.</span></p> <p><span>On Tuesday, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said, “We’re building a better McDonald’s and more customers are noticing.”</span></p> <p><span>Mr Easterbrook took over two years ago, and since then, he has launched new products such as all-day breakfasts and auto ordering booths across.</span></p> <p><span>Mr Easterbrook believes increased sales can be attributed to both cheap soft drinks in the US and the “Signature Crafted” premium burger range.</span></p> <p><span>In 2014, McDonald’s first introduced its Create Your Taste Burgers range in a single store in Sydney’s Hills District.</span></p> <p><span>The range allowed customers to personalise their burgers by mixing proteins, buns, dressings and cheeses.</span></p> <p><span>The burger line has since gone worldwide.</span></p> <p><span>Another Maccas success to come from Australia was the McCafe concept, offering customers coffees alongside brownies and muffins.</span></p> <p><span>The first McCafe opened in Melbourne in 1993 and has also been rolled out globally.</span></p> <p><span>Loaded Fries, which were launched in 2016, were also first available in Australia and have since landed in the US.</span></p> <p><span>McDonald’s isn’t the only fast food store that is trialling new ideas on Aussie customers. In 2015, KFC opened a concept store in Parramatta named KFC Urban. However, the experiment didn’t succeed and closed that same year.</span></p> <p><span>Red Rooster is also testing new concept stores to attract customers who are looking for takeaway stores with a better aesthetic.</span></p>

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