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What to do if your hotel room looks nothing like described

<p>It can really put a dampen on things if you’re excited for a weekend away and arrive to the hotel room only to see that it’s not what was advertised.</p> <p>Luckily, there’s a few things you can do.</p> <p><strong>1. Identify the problem</strong></p> <p>Quickly identify which parts of your room don’t match up to the description of the room or photos online.<strong> </strong></p> <p>According to consumer advocacy group CHOICE, if there’s a difference in location, view, amenities or price advertised, you’re able to complain.</p> <p>In most cases, you’ll only realise the difference when you arrive.</p> <p>The next step is to decide whether or not you want to complain. Some people prefer to just quietly deal with it and never book there again, whereas others see no harm in speaking up.</p> <p>Nicky Breen from CHOICE says if you’re Australian, your consumer rights are protected. However, depending on where you are, it can be hard to enforce them. He told <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-19/your-consumer-rights-when-your-hotel-looks-nothing-like-the-ad/10629722">the ABC:</a></p> <p>"At a small bed and breakfast in Hawaii, you may have a very different experience there than say the Hilton in Hawaii, which is a huge multinational with headquarters in various parts of the world," she said.</p> <p><strong>2. Work out who you need to speak to</strong></p> <p>This is the easiest bit for some. If you’ve booked online directly through the hotel, you need to complain to the hotel.</p> <p>If you’ve booked through Expedia or another hotel booking site, you need to take your complaints to the site.</p> <p><strong>3. Is it a major or a minor problem?</strong></p> <p>The difference between a major or minor problem is whether or not it can be easily and quickly fixed.</p> <p>If the bathroom tap is leaking, this is a minor problem.</p> <p>If you’ve booked a two-bedroom suite and arrive to a one-bedroom suite with no other rooms available in the hotel, this is a major problem.</p> <p>According to Nicky Breen, the test for a major failure is:</p> <ul> <li>It would have stopped you booking the room if you’d known about it in the first place</li> <li>It doesn’t meet the specific purposes you asked for and can’t be fixed within a reasonable amount of time</li> <li>It creates an unsafe situation</li> </ul> <p><strong>4. Decide how you want it to be fixed</strong>If there’s a major failure, you’re entitled to cancel the booking and ask for a refund. You can also keep the booking and negotiate a reduced price.</p> <p>However, if the failure is minor, the hotel can decide how to proceed. In most cases, they’ll offer you a refund or a replacement.</p> <p>Breen says that if you’re unhappy, you can take it further.</p> <p>"If there's a disagreement, the best thing you can do is lay out your consumer guarantees and demonstrate why the problem constitutes a major failure," Ms Breen said.</p> <p>"It's also worth bearing in mind that the staff member you're dealing with may not be aware of what the business's obligations are under consumer law.</p> <p>"So, it's always worth asking to speak to someone who maybe a bit more senior or at least is aware of how the consumer law works and what the business's obligations are."</p> <p><strong>5. Escalate the complaint if needed</strong></p> <p>If the hotel or booking site refuses to respect your rights, you can contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. You can also contact the consumer affairs body in your state.</p> <p>Have you ever complained about your hotel room? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Passenger shamed for “disgusting” plane act

<p>A woman has shocked her fellow passengers on board a flight by using the empty seats beside her to dry her swimmers. She used the air vent to help with this process.</p> <p>A fellow passenger on board snapped a photo and sent it to the popular Instagram page, Passenger Shaming.</p> <p>The caption joked:</p> <p>“PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you have a wet bathing suit, or three – AIRPLANE HEADREST DRYER.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJtYJrn8kF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvJtYJrn8kF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you have a wet bathing suit, or three — AIRPLANE HEADREST DRYER ✈️👙😂🤷🏼‍♀️ #mondaymotivation • • • #passengershaming #bikini #bathingsuit #NOPE #instagramaviation #airplaneetiquette #frequentflyer #crewlife #sassystew #aviation #cabincrew #avgeek #cabincrewlife #flightattendant #flightattendantlife #stewardess #flightattendantproblems #travel #flightattendants #instapassport #aviationgeek #FAlife #airtravel #travelgram #traveltips #pilot #pilotlife #travelling #frequentflier</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/passengershaming/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Passenger Shaming</a> (@passengershaming) on Mar 18, 2019 at 6:41am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Many people were outraged and disgusted by the swimwear being aired during the flight.</p> <p>“Disgusting. Make sure you bring wet ones so you can clean off your seat before you sit in it,” one commenter suggested.</p> <p>Another agreed, asking: “Where were the flight attendants!? What did the person behind them say!?”</p> <p>However, one commenter decided to look on the bright side of things.</p> <p>“Better than a dirty diaper,” they commented.</p> <p>Have you seen anything like this on your flight? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Family booted off plane due to offensive body odour

<p>Jennie and Yossi Adler, as well as their 19-month-old daughter were escorted from their flight from Miami to Detroit after fellow passengers made complaints about their body odour.</p> <p>Yossi explained to <a href="https://www.local10.com/news/local/miami/family-kicked-off-american-airlines-flight-in-miami-after-passengers-complain-about-body-odor"><em>Local 10 News Miami­</em></a><em>:</em></p> <p>"All of a sudden, as soon as they took us off, they closed the gate and then they said, 'Sorry, sir, some people complained you had body odour and we're not letting you back on’."</p> <p>Despite claims from airline staff, the family were left without their possessions that were already on the flight. Jennie said:</p> <p>"They have our car seat, stroller, everything,".</p> <p>The airline carrier, American Airlines, were quick to address the issue, with a statement to <em>Local 10 News Miami</em>, saying:</p> <p>"Mr. Adler and his wife were removed from the flight when several passengers complained about their body odour," the statement said.</p> <p>"They have been booked into a hotel for the night and given meal vouchers. They have been rebooked on a flight Thursday."</p> <p>Despite the family getting home safe on a later date, they’re still unhappy with the explanation from the airline.</p> <p>"We stopped several people in the airport and, it's embarrassing, but we asked them, 'Do you think we smell? Because we just got kicked off a plane for smelling’," said Jennie.</p> <p>“I want them to own up to what really happened and to tell me the truth,” said Yossi. “What was it?”</p> <p>Have you seen something like this on your flight? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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"Pretty pathetic": Air New Zealand slammed for "profiting" off Christchurch tragedy

<p>A New Zealand airline has dropped fares for Christchurch flights after a customer lambasted the skyrocketing ticket prices in the face of recent terror attacks.</p> <p>National carrier Air New Zealand has announced that it will cap one-way domestic fares to and from Christchurch at NZ$139 following backlash from the public and government.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Air NZ has capped one-way domestic fares for flights directly to and from Christchurch at $139 to assist customers needing to travel there to support those affected by the shooting tragedy – <a href="https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE">https://t.co/myG1nRfbfE</a></p> — AirNZMedia (@AirNZMedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/AirNZMedia/status/1107044554497130496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Previously, a return trip between Auckland to Christchurch had cost between $747 and $787 following Friday’s terror attacks on two mosques.</p> <p>Activist Guled Mire took to Twitter to criticise the pricing on Saturday. “This is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to Christchurch to be with loved ones and for funerals happening in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances,” Mire wrote.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/FlyAirNZ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FlyAirNZ</a> this is ridiculous! People are literally trying to fly in to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Christchurch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Christchurch</a> to be loved ones and for funerals happens in the next day or so. Pretty pathetic to be prioritising profit in current circumstances. <a href="https://t.co/NtFD8egEHY">pic.twitter.com/NtFD8egEHY</a></p> — Guled Mire (@GuledMire) <a href="https://twitter.com/GuledMire/status/1106828140121227264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The airline replied that the fares were increased because of the limited availability, even after they had added additional capacity.</p> <p>Finance Minister Grant Robertson, the shareholding minister for Air NZ, also reprimanded the airline. The NZ government owns 52 per cent of the carrier.</p> <p>“I have just made contact with Air New Zealand and made my views clear,” Robertson wrote on Twitter. “I know they do offer compassionate fares at times and this would have to be one of them.”</p> <p>In a statement published on Sunday, Air NZ said they have offered free flights to immediate family members of the deceased as well as compassionate fares “to other affected friends and family with close to 100 bookings made so far, including a number of group bookings.”</p> <p>The airline will also pay retroactive refunds for domestic bookings made after 3 pm on Friday to reflect the $139 cap.</p> <p>On Friday, Christchurch saw mass shootings at two mosques. At least 50 people were killed, and 50 others were wounded, with the victims hailing from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Egypt. So far, the only perpetrator found to be linked to the terror attacks is 28-year-old Australian man Brenton Tarrant.</p>

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Measles alert: Authorities issue warning after major outbreak

<p>A state health alert for measles has once again been renewed in New South Wales after a Sydney man returned from the Philippines with the contagious disease.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20190314_00.aspx" target="_blank">NSW Health</a>, the man is the 21st person in the state to have been diagnosed with measles since Christmas.</p> <p>Authorities are warning people who visited Redfern on Saturday, March 9 between 10.15 am and 11.15 am and Sydney Hospital on Monday, March 11 between 10.30 am and 11.15 am to be on the lookout for measle symptoms as they may have been exposed to the man.</p> <p>NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said those who may be susceptible to measles can be given preventive injections up to six days after exposure to the infection. The symptoms and signs may include fever, runny nose, dry cough and red, blotchy skin rash.</p> <p>“If you develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP to ensure you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients,” said Dr Sheppeard.</p> <p>Earlier this month, a Sydney woman was found to have measles after arriving from Bali. A Sydney baby who was too young to receive vaccinations also developed measles following a trip to the Philippines.</p> <p>Other states are also affected. Last month, Victoria saw <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/nsw-health-issues-warning-after-tourist-brings-measles-from-bali-visits-sydney-opera-house/news-story/9888f2dca54ebfc40df6c050f5d8734d" target="_blank">two confirmed cases</a> of measles with a Victorian man who recently visited India and a teenage girl who developed symptoms following a flight from the Philippines. A resident from Perth was also infected following an <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/measles-alert-for-perth-airport-virgin-flight-and-skakthidham-hindu-temple/news-story/6096ae4b2c61dfd620c36ba0b5ad8730" target="_blank">interstate travel to Melbourne</a>.</p> <p>Dr Sheppeard advised travellers to take preventive measures before heading on international trips, particularly to the Philippines where an ongoing measles outbreak has brought about 286 deaths as of <a href="https://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/unicef-who-philippines-measles-outbreak-situation-report-5-12-march-2019">March 7</a>.</p> <p>“The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles,” said Dr Sheppeard.  </p> <p>“It’s free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.”</p> <p>Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-14/new-measles-cases-in-victoria/10812722" target="_blank">ABC</a> that two vaccines are needed to fully protect against the illness.</p> <p>“People need to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine to be fully protected,” he said.</p> <p>“Many adults have only received one vaccine against measles and therefore most cases are in this age group.”</p> <p>The MMR vaccine can be given to infants as young as 12 months.</p> <p>Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air from coughing or sneezing.</p>

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Mother forgets baby at airport – plane forced to turn around mid-flight

<p>A bizarre incident where her mother left her baby behind at the airport happened in Saudia Arabia last week, <a href="https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/flight-emergency-i-forgot-my-baby-at-the-airport-1.1552291090943"><em>Gulf News</em></a> reported.</p> <p>The flight was forced to turn around mid-flight once the mother realised that her baby was left behind in the boarding area of the terminal.</p> <p>A video has since gone viral, where the pilot is requesting permission to head back to the airport. The Air Traffic Control operators are caught by surprise and were trying to figure out the protocol for the incident.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="413" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U3t8NYYWMKY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“May God be with us. Can we come back or what?” the pilot was heard talking to an air traffic controller.</p> <p>“This flight is requesting to come back … a passenger forgot her baby in the waiting area, the poor thing," one of the air controllers says.</p> <p>The pilot is then asked to clarify the issue, to which he quickly replies:</p> <p>"We told you, a passenger left her baby in the terminal and refuses to continue the flight."</p> <p>The air controllers realise that the best decision is to let the plane turn back so the mother can retrieve her child.</p> <p>“OK, head back to the gate. This is totally a new one for us!”</p> <p>The mother and child were reunited at the airport, according to <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/12/flight-malaysia-forced-turn-around-mother-leaves-baby-airport/">The Telegraph UK</a> although it's unknown why the child was left behind in the first place.</p> <p>Have you heard of this happening before? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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How tourists are turning this famous Paris street into "hell"

<p>Residents of a famous Parisian street have asked the city to limit visitor access, as tourists and Instagrammers continue to flood the area to take pictures.</p> <p>Filled with colourful houses, cobblestones and terracotta pots, Rue Crémieux has become one of Europe’s most popular photo spots, with over 31,000 pictures on Instagram to include the hashtag #ruecremieux.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4Bnionhhx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4Bnionhhx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Holly Eves (@hollyeves)</a> on Mar 11, 2019 at 9:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, residents of the street have become increasingly fed up with the influx of influencers, photographers, video makers and people looking to take snaps around their houses. Last week, the residents’ association finally demanded the city of Paris to close the street to visitors on evenings and weekends due to privacy concerns.</p> <p>A Rue Crémieux local named Antoine told radio station France Info that the street’s overwhelming popularity has made life more difficult for residents.</p> <p>“It became hell,” she said, claiming that she can find “200 people under our windows” on weekends.</p> <p>“We sit down to eat and just outside we have people taking photos – rappers who take two hours to film a video right beneath the window, or bachelorette parties who scream for an hour. Frankly, it’s exhausting.”</p> <p>An account named @clubcremieux has emerged on Twitter and Instagram to reveal visitors’ antics on the street, including pre-wedding shoots, group dances and acrobatic poses.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTgj4Ofg4Uc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTgj4Ofg4Uc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Marinières et ballons en forme de cœur : un enterrement de vie de jeune fille original #evjf #ruecremieux #shitpeopledoruecremieux #allezonprendunephotooùonsautetoutesenmemetemps</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/clubcremieux/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Club Crémieux</a> (@clubcremieux) on Apr 30, 2017 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The residents said the average tourist is generally respectful, but the interloping on the evenings and weekends makes it necessary to install gates or other measures to keep visitors out.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/03/rue-cremieux-paris-instagram-tourists-where-to-take-pictures/584164/" target="_blank">Citylab</a>, Rue Crémieux is not the only area in Paris which has attempted this move, as other small carless streets have resorted to getting barriers similar to this.</p> <p>Over-tourism has become a <a rel="noopener" href="http://theconversation.com/overtourism-a-growing-global-problem-100029" target="_blank">top concern</a> in many popular destinations across the world. While the newfound fame brought by social media can help promote tourism and boost local economies, it also creates problems for the government and residents involved, such as food shortages in Cuba, <a rel="noopener" href="https://guidetoiceland.is/history-culture/7-reasons-icelanders-hate-tourism-in-iceland" target="_blank">vandalism and hygiene issues</a> in Iceland, or <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/places-struggling-too-popular-instagram-2017-8?r=US&amp;IR=T#/" target="_blank">environmental damage</a> in Thailand’s Maya Bay and New Zealand. </p> <p>Have you visited this famous street in Paris? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Japan’s unusual solution to fix its commuter chaos

<p>With a population of 128.6 million people, that’s a lot of people who need to get to work and other places on time – and probably take public transport to do so.</p> <p>Over the years, tourists and expats have spoken out about the craziness that comes with a Japanese commute.</p> <p>Amateur photographer Marco Patella captured the shocking footage below of a normal Monday morning commute in Japan.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmarcopatellaphotography%2Fvideos%2F356772995084867%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>He told <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/articles/worlds-worst-commute-japan/"><em>Telegraph UK</em></a><em>: </em></p> <p>"It sounds like a joke, but most of the time there is literally no personal space, to the point that I cannot even use my mobile. My strategy is to wait [for] the next train, so that when the doors open the flow behind me pushes me in.</p> <p>“Sometimes you really get hurt, people just avoid the eye contact and keep pushing until they fit into the wagon. There are even part-time workers – usually students – hired for pushing people into the car during the rush hour."</p> <p>Japan has known that this is a problem for a while, and with the population continuing to grow, it’s only an issue that is going to get worse.</p> <p>What’s their solution so far? Free noodles.</p> <p>Tokyo Metro is offering commuters a coupon to receive a free bowl of noodles for anyone who travels slightly earlier or on a later train to avoid congestion. A spokesman for Tokyo Metro told the <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/20/tokyo-offers-free-noodles-commuters-avoid-rush-hour-trains/">UK’s <em>Daily Telegraph</em></a>:</p> <p>“We hope the campaign will contribute to reducing congestion during peak hours as more people take trains at different times.”</p> <p>Tokyo Metro has said it will only launch the scheme if more than 2,000 commuters sign up. If more than 3,000 do so, tempura will be added to the coupon menu.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they get their public transport problems solved before the 2020 Olympics, which is set to bring in an extra 650,000 people.</p> <p>Have you ever been to Japan and experience this on their trains? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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5 places that have been ruined by tourism

<p>Tourism is both a blessing and a curse.</p> <p>While a healthy amount can boost the economy, too much of it can be harmful to the environment and uproot local populations.</p> <p>Before you book your next trip, consider how your wanderlust is affecting some of the most beautiful places in the world.</p> <p><strong>1. Caño Cristales, Colombia</strong></p> <p>With “the river of five colours,” also known as “the melted rainbow,” waters that are a hallucinogenic concoction of pink, red, green, and blue colours (a result of the unique micro-organisms living in it) and its jaw-dropping waterfalls, Caño Cristales is now overwhelmingly popular.</p> <p>And, it’s only become more so after a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/americas/colombia-farc-accord-juan-manuel-santos.html">2016 peace agreement</a> was signed between the government of Colombia and the country’s largest rebel group.</p> <p>The uptick in foot traffic is cause for concern, as it could jeopardise the area’s extremely fragile ecosystem. In 2017, access was restricted to give the river a break.</p> <p>“We decided to implement the restriction because human presence can harm the plants’ reproduction processes,” Faber Ramos, coordinator of the ecotourism program, told the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-43700833">BBC</a>.</p> <p><strong>2. Venice, Italy</strong></p> <p>Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, the main allure of Venice is its famed canals, while the abundance of delicious food and wine, the culture, and the ornate architecture add to its allure.</p> <p>But over-tourism has chipped away at the city’s vitality.</p> <p>Cruise ships and group bus tours have made infamous sights like St. Marks Square a blur of people and the streets are lined with litter; between the hoards of humans and the rising sea levels, Venice is sinking rapidly and the stonework and carvings on its historic buildings are crumbling.</p> <p>Venetians are finally fighting back, however: Beginning summer of 2019, short stay tourists will be charged up to €10 (about $11.50) to enter the city. </p> <p>Nothing's worse than that sinking feeling you get when you head off on your adventure and remember you left something important at home.</p> <p><strong>3. Antarctica</strong></p> <p>The entire continent of Antarctica is in trouble, between global climate change and the mass infiltration of tourists via cruise ships.</p> <p>The boat traffic, from Chile and Argentina down to the Antarctic Peninsula, has greatly increased water pollution, threatening the lives of unique species. </p> <p><a href="https://www.ats.aq/e/ats.htm">The Antarctic Treaty</a> has sought to stop such environmental devastation, limiting the number of people allowed on shore to 100 at a time, while ships carrying more than 500 passengers are not allowed at any of the landing sites.</p> <p>Sailing to Antarctica, cruising the Galapagos Islands and travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway are the top three trips every traveller must take in their lifetime, according to US-based <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/aussie-travel-destinations-make-top-50-travel-bucket-list">Flight Network’s World’s Best Once-In-A-Lifetime Journeys 2018 list</a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Pig Beach, The Bahamas</strong></p> <p>The only inhabitants of Big Major Cay are wild pigs, known most famously for swimming in the sea, a phenomenon that draws tourists to the island off Exuma for an encounter and photo opp.</p> <p>In 2017, a wave of pig deaths struck Pig Beach.</p> <p>While a combination of factors likely lead to their death, reports <a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/swimming-pigs-bahamas-death/">National Geographic</a>, the government banned visitors from feeding the creatures.</p> <p><strong>5. The Isle of Skye, Scotland</strong></p> <p>One of the most picturesque places in the United Kingdom, The Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, quaint fishing villages, and medieval castles.</p> <p>Crossing the Skye Bridge to the island from Scotland’s northwest coast is a test of patience these days, with hoards of people packed in caravans, motorhomes, and cars, often in stand-still traffic.</p> <p>Visitors without prior booking accommodations have found themselves in a pickle. </p> <p><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-40874488">According to authorities</a>, tourists often arrive at the police station with nowhere to stay asking for advice.</p> <p>Many end up staying the night in their car.</p> <p>Local authorities have taken note, advising visitors to use “common sense” before travelling to the island for an overnight stay.</p> <p>Have you stayed at any of these places? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Alexa Erickson. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/15-places-have-been-ruined-tourism">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Boeing 737 tragedies: The Aussie airline that has ordered a fleet of the same plane

<p>An Australian carrier has ordered 30 of the aircraft that was involved in a fatal crash that killed 157 people on Sunday.</p> <p>Australia’s second largest airline, Virgin Australia said it is too early to comment on whether it will cancel its order of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on the weekend, which is the second incident involving the new aircraft in months.</p> <p>Virgin Australia made the order for 30 of the Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 of the Boeing 737 MAX 10s in 2012.</p> <p>On Sunday, the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed only six minutes after taking off, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. In October, the same model owned by Lion Air crashed into the sea in Indonesia, resulting in 189 deaths.</p> <p>The 737 MAX 8 aircraft has been in commercial use since 2017. More than 5,000 planes in the MAX series have been ordered, with 350 of them delivered.</p> <p>In the wake of the tragedy on the weekend, several airlines around the world – including Ethiopian Airlines – have grounded the Boeing aircraft.</p> <p>China’s Civil Aviation Authority said it ordered airlines in the country to suspend the use of the aircraft "in view of the fact that both air crashes are recently-delivered Boeing 737-8 aircraft, and they both occurred in the take-off phase, and had certain similarities ... in line with the management principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards and strict control of safety risks".</p> <p>Aviation authorities in Indonesia have also put the model on a temporary ground, while the Indian aviation regulator issued a rule on Monday to limit the operation of MAX 8s only to pilots with more than 1,000 hours of training.</p> <p>However, president of the Virgin Independent Pilots Association, Captain John Lyons, also said Virgin Australia and TigerAir pilots have the “utmost confidence in the Boeing 737”.</p> <p>“VIPA continues to have the utmost confidence in the Boeing 737 and the rigorous training that Virgin Australia provides its pilots,” Lyons said in a statement.</p> <p>“We look forward to its introduction at Virgin Australia as it brings outstanding commercial advantages to the airline and enhanced customer appeal.</p> <p>“Boeing has delivered more than 10,000 737 aircraft since it first flew in 1967, accumulating nearly 300 million flight hours with the lowest fatality rate of passenger airliners.</p> <p>“Without exception, this makes the 737 the safest and most popular commercial jet ever.”</p> <p>Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas also suggested it is too early to draw conclusions from the incidents.</p> <p>“If determined there is a problem and something needs to be adjusted, then Boeing will do that,” Thomas told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/aviation/no-need-for-panic-over-virgin-australias-order-of-boeing-737-maxs-says-aviation-expert-ng-b881132238z" target="_blank">AAP</a>.</p>

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Two fatal crashes in six months: The 40 airlines STILL flying the new Boeing 737 MAX

<p>Tragedy has struck after a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed six minutes after takeoff, leaving no survivors. Mourners have gathered to remember the 157 victims, which included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, and seven British nationals.</p> <p>Occurring only a few short months after the devastating Lion Air crash in October - which also killed all 189 people on board – questions have been raised over the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX model, which is the plane that was involved in both incidents.</p> <p>Minutes into the journey, the experienced pilot of the Ethiopian flight claimed to be facing difficulties and was given clearance to turn the plane around, but unfortunately, was too late as the plane went plummeting south.</p> <p>When the Boeing 737 MAX was introduced in 2017, it was considered to be a pioneer in narrow-body airliners. It was commended for its advanced aerodynamics and fuel-efficient engines.</p> <p>The brand new addition to the Boeing series became the quickest selling plane in the model's history, with a total of 219,737 MAX aircrafts being ordered since its release.</p> <p>But the success was short-lived, as the crash of Lion Air Flight JT610 in October raised alarm bells over the safety of the jet.</p> <p>Killing all 189 people on board, the disaster was the first time a 737 MAX was involved in a major incident.</p> <p>In November, Boeing issued a safety bulletin for airlines currently operating its 737 MAX airliner. It revealed a terrifying reality, where the plane’s sensors can cause the aircraft to enter into a sudden dive, reported <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-07/boeing-is-said-close-to-issuing-safety-bulletin-on-737-max-jets" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>.</p> <p>“On November 6, 2018, Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor,” read the company’s statement.</p> <p>But despite the cautionary tale, there are still 40 airlines using the Boeing 737 MAX to transport passengers from point A to point B.</p> <p><strong>Here are the 40 airlines that fly the Boeing 737 MAX:</strong></p> <p>1. Norwegian Air</p> <p>2. Air China</p> <p>3. SpiceJet</p> <p>4. Southwest Airlines</p> <p>5. Icelandair</p> <p>6. FlyDubai</p> <p>7. Air Italy</p> <p>8. TUI</p> <p>9. LOT Polish Airlines</p> <p>10. AeroMexico</p> <p>11. Oman Air</p> <p>12. SmartWings</p> <p>13. Aerolineas Argentinas</p> <p>14. Lion Air</p> <p>15. Corendon Airlines</p> <p>16. China Southern</p> <p>17. Ethiopian Airlines</p> <p>18. Air Canada</p> <p>19. Garuda Indonesia</p> <p>20. United Airlines</p> <p>21. American Airlines</p> <p>22. Xiamen Airlines</p> <p>23. WestJet</p> <p>24. Turkish Airlines</p> <p>25. SCAT Airlines</p> <p>26. China Eastern</p> <p>27. Shanghai Airlines</p> <p>28. Shenzhen Airlines</p> <p>29. Jet Airways</p> <p>30. OK Airways</p> <p>31. GOL</p> <p>32. SilkAir</p> <p>33. S7 Siberia Airlines</p> <p>34. Copa Airlines</p> <p>35. Lucky Air</p> <p>36. Sunwing Airlines</p> <p>37. Hainan Airlines</p> <p>38. Mauritania Airlines International</p> <p>39. Shandong Airlines</p> <p>40. 9 Air</p> <p>Will you be flying with any of these airlines in the future? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Cruise passengers watch dramatic rescue after plane crashes in sea

<p>A Princess Cruises’ ship,<em> Regal Princess</em>, has been commended for their heroic efforts after rescuing a pilot and a passenger from the Caribbean Sea.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/princess-cruises-regal-princess-rescues-two-people-from-plane-crash-near-grand-turk-11105539" target="_blank"><em>Miami New Times</em></a> and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/8573248/cruise-ship-rescues-two-people-from-sea-after-their-plane-crashed-as-stunned-passengers-watch-on/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the two landed in the water after their plane crashed, prompting the US Coast Guard in Miami to send an aircraft to the site and get in touch with the ship’s captain for help.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 372.9792147806005px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7824527/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7bec3ae53fea407da0bffb131e4ca7ae" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign">@TEEnsign</a></em></p> <p>Fortunately, the <em>Regal Princess</em> was voyaging through the area at the time as it was making its way to St Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands.</p> <p>In a video posted to Twitter, passengers can be seen watching on as a rescue operation was underway.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">2 people rescued by our Princess cruise staff after small aircraft went down in the Atlantic. All appear okay. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThankGod?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThankGod</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AP</a> <a href="https://t.co/DysBoSUzAC">pic.twitter.com/DysBoSUzAC</a></p> — Taylor Ensign (@TEEnsign) <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign/status/1102988978859491333?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Many cheered and burst into a round of applause once they successfully picked up the two people struggling in the water with the help of a smaller boat.</p> <p>Once the boat reached the ship, the person behind the camera asked, “Did they get them?” before an eruption of cheers.</p> <p>“That’s amazing,” he said, as he watched the rescue take place.</p> <p>Passenger Taylor Ensign, who also filmed the incident, tweeted: “Just heard the captain say both people are doing well. We are back on our original course.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/USCG?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USCG</a> called on our Regal Princess crew to assist with the rescue. We're happy to report both people are now safely onboard as the ship continues to St Thomas! <a href="https://t.co/MbLe9LKvPp">https://t.co/MbLe9LKvPp</a> <a href="https://t.co/CyzAtvjIoc">pic.twitter.com/CyzAtvjIoc</a></p> — Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) <a href="https://twitter.com/PrincessCruises/status/1103078576662835201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">5 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Princess Cruises issued a statement via their Twitter account.</p> <p>“A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the @USCG called on our <em>Regal Princess</em> crew to assist with the rescue,” said the company.</p> <p>“We’re happy to report both people are now safely on-board as the ship continues to St Thomas!”</p> <p>“From the moment Captain Stringer made the ‘Man Overboard’ announcement to the time the 2 individuals were brought to medical on our ship, the Regal crew and staff were amazing,” said Mr Ensign.</p> <p>“The bridge was very communicative about what was happening the entire time. Unbelievable all around.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">From the moment Captain Stringer made the ‘Man Overboard’ announcement to the time the 2 individuals were brought to medical on our ship, the Regal crew and staff were amazing. The bridge was very communicative about what was happening the entire time. Unbelievable all around.</p> — Taylor Ensign (@TEEnsign) <a href="https://twitter.com/TEEnsign/status/1103118638528245760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">6 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Another person tweeted saying: “Well done to Captain Stringer &amp; his team on-board Regal @PrincessCruises for going to the rescue of two passengers of a small aircraft that ditched in the sea. Amazing work.”</p> <p>The cruise has now recommenced its original journey and is due to return to Port Everglades on March 10.</p>

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"The most terrified I’ve ever been in my life": Passengers hurt as cruise ship tilts 45 degrees

<p>The Norwegian Cruise Liner which tilted on a “45-degree angle,” on Sunday night, according to one cruiser, is blaming the incident on a strong, sudden gust of wind.</p> <p>The Norwegian Escape began slanting over at roughly midnight, shocking passengers who were enjoying their trip in the piano bar.</p> <p>“Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side,” the cruise line wrote in a Twitter post.</p> <p>“Several injuries were reported, and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff,” the statement continued.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjunmar.beltrano%2Fposts%2F10213907759358579&amp;width=500" width="500" height="681" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>The ship, which is capable of carrying over 6,000 people, says it was pushed suddenly by a gust of wind about 185km – a burst similar to that of a wind from a Category 3 hurricane.</p> <p>The cruise line said the ship sustained no damage during the incident.</p> <p>Not only passengers of the vessel were injured, crew members were also wounded, but the exact amount has not been disclosed.</p> <p>American publication <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wesh.com/article/cruise-ship-headed-to-port-canaveral-after-sudden-extreme-gust-of-wind/26650652" target="_blank">WESH</a> reports around a dozen ambulances were at a Port Canaveral, Florida port on Tuesday morning when the ship arrived back to shore.</p> <p>Aaron Black, one of the cruisers onboard, told <a rel="noopener" href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/us/norwegian-cruise-line-ship-passengers-hurt/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> he was at the piano bar on Sunday night when the ship started to slope. Tables, chairs and even passengers slid across the room, as other terrified passengers watched.</p> <p>In a video Black recorded, screams, shattering glass and items sliding and being thrown by the wind can be heard.</p> <p>“I remember thinking about how calm it was for sailing out of New York in March and suddenly we got hit by a large gust of wind and the whole ship kind of just tilted to the side for about 30 seconds,” he said in a video he recorded from aboard the ship Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>“Suddenly everything around me was starting to move.</p> <p>"I was used to some movement, but it was a very surreal escalation to, 'Oh this is normal' to, 'This is very unusual and probably shouldn't be happening,'” he said, explaining he had been on many cruise ships before.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Honestly, <a href="https://twitter.com/CruiseNorwegian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CruiseNorwegian</a>, the gust of wind that threw all of the shattered glass all over my bed and floor is all on mother nature, but where my pro-rated premium plus discount for all the bottled water I was going to drink tonight? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/norwegianescape?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#norwegianescape</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nclescape?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nclescape</a></p> — AJ Black (@aaronjosef) <a href="https://twitter.com/aaronjosef/status/1102445860074516480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Passengers on the Escape shared their terrifying experience onboard the vessel Sunday night, reporting damage to interior cabin and common areas of the ship.</p> <p>“The scariest s---t just happened on this cruise. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship,” one passenger wrote.</p> <p>“Everything in our room falling and sliding ...I have never been so scared in my whole life,” Samantha, another cruiser wrote in a Facebook post.</p> <p>“All the plates and glassware smashed on the floor. A lotto machine fell on a lady. Blood everywhere.</p> <p>“Hands down the most terrified I’ve ever been in my life. Can’t wait to hit solid ground...”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10213908155728488%26set%3Da.2411388614568%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="594" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Photos from inside the ship also show glass and debris on the ground, as well as passengers running away from the indoor pool area, which showed tilted water.</p> <p>“There’s no exaggeration on statements and pictures posted online. Ship was like at 45 degrees angle … freaked out everyone … but they said it was normal lol,” claimed a separate passenger.</p> <p>The ship is due to stick to its schedule on its next voyage on Tuesday for the Bahamas, the cruise line reports. </p> <p>Have you ever been on a cruise during rough conditions? Let us know in the comments below. </p> <div class="body_assets"></div> <div class="details"><span class="detail_tools"><span> </span>just now<span class="who_watched"><span class="people_count_container"><span class="people_count current">2</span></span></span><a class="likebtn"><span class="post_like_button icon icon-dapulse-thumb"></span></a></span></div> <div></div>

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Stranded couple reveal “nightmare” moment their cruise ship ditched them

<p>Newlyweds Maria Gonzalez Roesch and Alessandro Di Palma didn’t think for one moment that their honeymoon would become a headline around the world, but that was before they were spotted running after their Royal Caribbean ship which left without them – and their passport and bank cards.</p> <p>Speaking to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8561251/honeymoon-couple-royal-caribbean-cruise-passports/" target="_blank">T</a><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8561251/honeymoon-couple-royal-caribbean-cruise-passports/" target="_blank">he Sun</a></em>, actress Maria described the moment the couple realised that they were left stranded after hearing the ship's horn blast as it sailed away.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHMn58ls9S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHMn58ls9S/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by María González Roesch (@mariagonzalezroesch)</a> on Feb 20, 2019 at 9:45am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There was a platform with two crew members, and they were mad with us,” said 26-year-old Maria who is originally from Costa Rica.</p> <p>“We started yelling to them, ‘Please, please let us on, the cruise is still here.’</p> <p>“But the guys said, ‘You are not going to be so lucky and we are closing the doors and leaving’.</p> <p>“Alessandro was in shock because it was his nightmare and it actually happened.</p> <p>“He was so frustrated he wanted to jump to the ship. But (the drop) was so big and dangerous.”</p> <p>Holding punctuality as a top-most priority, Maria revealed that she has never missed a train, plane or boat before, but due to the relaxing nature of their honeymoon, the pair had let their guard down.</p> <p>The ship was expected to sail at 5:30pm, but in a turn of events, left two hours earlier from the Bahamas.</p> <p>The couple reached the port a few minutes before the ship was ready to depart but didn’t realise that it was leaving so soon.</p> <p>“We thought we were on time,” said Maria. “We were there 4:10 pm or 4:15 pm and we heard the call from the ship – but there were so many cruises we thought it was another ship.</p> <p>“Then we heard the horn. When we arrived to the pier we were in shock.”</p> <p>To their horror, the vessel was getting ready to leave and they watched on as the gangway was removed.</p> <p>“I think the worst feeling was to see that the boat was still there and knowing we can go inside and see the boat leave without you,” said Maria.</p> <p>“I think I would have preferred to have been at the pier and the boat had already gone.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs9MRXclFlR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs9MRXclFlR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by María González Roesch (@mariagonzalezroesch)</a> on Jan 22, 2019 at 3:58pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>And as if the situation wasn’t stressful enough, Maria and her husband discovered that they had left their passports and other valuable possessions on board, meaning they were stranded on the island with nowhere to go.</p> <p>Thankfully, the crew managed to return the items, including all travel documents and bank cards to the newlyweds.</p> <p>Once they reached the immigration office, they learned that they were among six other people who had missed the boat.</p> <p>“There were two other couples. One (couple) were very, very angry so we didn’t keep in touch but the other two were nice,” said Maria.</p> <p>“They were a young couple from California.”</p> <p>Upon returning home, Maria and Alessandro believed that the entire ordeal was over, but in the age of the internet, footage of the two running after the ship had gone viral.</p> <p>But despite the stressful incident, the two still saw the humorous side of it all.</p> <p>“Of course, it would be better if it didn’t happen. But it could have a positive flip-side,” said Maria.</p> <p>“Now I can say it was a funny experience and we have a good story to (tell) our kids …”</p> <p>Have you ever missed boarding a plane, train or cruise ship on your travels? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Cabin crew hospitalised after “mystery odour” on flight

<p>Five airline crew have been hospitalised as a precaution due to noticing a mysterious odour whilst departing from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.</p> <p>After the plane landed in Florida at around 11am PST, American Airlines confirmed to Fox News about the incident.</p> <p>“Shortly before landing, crew members complained of an odour on board,” a spokeswoman for the carrier told <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/travel/american-airlines-staffers-florida-airport-odor">Fox News</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Breaking: Five passengers transported to Broward health after reporting feeling sick on a plane at <a href="https://twitter.com/FLLFlyer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FLLFlyer</a>. No word on the cause. <a href="https://twitter.com/WPLGLocal10?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WPLGLocal10</a> <a href="https://t.co/lumRGSdjYb">pic.twitter.com/lumRGSdjYb</a></p> — Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) <a href="https://twitter.com/IanMargolWPLG/status/1083414718818250752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 January 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“The aircraft, an Airbus 320 with 137 passengers and a crew of five, landed safely and taxied to the gate. Two pilots and three flight attendants asked to be taken to the hospital as a precaution.</p> <p>“No passengers requested medical attention. The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team.”</p> <p>No word has been received as to whether or not the crew members are in good health.</p> <p>According to a witness, they wouldn’t let anyone else board the plane.</p> <p>"I heard one of the security guys walk by, and he's like, 'I need four wheelchairs. We need one ASAP," passenger Andrew O'Donnell told ABC 10, according to <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1070769/florida-flights-american-airlines-plane-pilot-cabin-crew-sick">express.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>"They just sort of wheeled everybody off and they said they smelled an odour on the plane.</p> <p>“And when that happened, they said that they obviously weren't going to let anybody else on."</p> <p>Have you ever noticed anything unusual on one of your flights? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Qantas flight forced to divert after mid-air emergency

<p>A Qantas flight from Adelaide to Canberra was forced to divert to Melbourne following a mid-air emergency.</p> <p>Passengers on the QF706 flight on Tuesday morning said the plane was at a cruising altitude when a loud bang was heard. Soon the oxygen masks were deployed from the ceiling and the alert message was played.</p> <p>“It was a little bit surreal,” passenger Bodie Thorpe told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-05/adelaide-to-canberra-flight-makes-emergency-diversion/10870888" target="_blank">ABC</a>.</p> <p>“There was no sort of word as to what the problem was at the time, there was just a pre-recorded message on a loop that lasted for a couple of minutes after the masks dropped.”</p> <p>Vikki Denny said the experience was “disconcerting”.</p> <p>“They didn’t explain anything as far [as] what was occurring — they said this was an emergency procedure and there was a consistent alert going over the intercom,” said Denny.</p> <p>“The whole time we were on descent the emergency intercom was going to remain seated, keep oxygen on, this was an emergency.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">QF706 to Canberra this morning lost cabin pressure so we put the oxygen masks to good use while diverting to Melbourne. Kudos to the professionalism of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Qantas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Qantas</a> crew with the safety and wellbeing of passengers clearly the priority. Not how I expect my morning to go though. <a href="https://t.co/swokDvDXPg">pic.twitter.com/swokDvDXPg</a></p> — Greg Denehy (@gregdenehy) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregdenehy/status/1102705556194639874?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Qantas <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QF706?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QF706</a> from Adelaide to Canberra (Boeing 737 VH-VXL) has diverted to Melbourne a short time ago due to cabin depressurisation. <a href="https://t.co/NULMDEpYun">pic.twitter.com/NULMDEpYun</a></p> — Brendan Grainger (@Highflyermel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Highflyermel/status/1102686253781139456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Thorpe said the passengers on the cabin remained collected throughout the incident. </p> <p>“It was very organised and calm on board, no one seemed to be too afraid … it was very quiet and eerie for a while.”</p> <p>The plane landed safely in Melbourne on Tuesday just after 8 am following the cabin “pressurisation issues”.</p> <p>Qantas said all the passengers left the aircraft normally and will be transferred to other flights.</p> <p>“Our pilots and cabin crew handled the incident in line with standard operating procedures,” said Alex Passerini, chief technical pilot captain at Qantas.  </p> <p>“We would like to thank our customers who followed the crew instructions and remained calm during the diversion.</p> <p>“The aircraft is currently being examined by engineers in Melbourne to determine the fault.”</p> <p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said it is considering a formal investigation into the incident. </p> <p>“The ATSB can confirm it has been notified of an occurrence this morning where a Boeing 737 on a flight from Adelaide to Canberra diverted to Melbourne due to reported pressurisation issues,” the ATSB said in a statement.</p> <p>“The ATSB will gather information into the occurrence before making a decision on whether or not to formally investigate.”</p>

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Qantas flight forced to divert after mid-air emergency

<p>A Qantas flight from Adelaide to Canberra was forced to divert to Melbourne following a mid-air emergency.</p> <p>Passengers on the QF706 flight on Tuesday morning said the plane was at a cruising altitude when a loud bang was heard. Soon the oxygen masks were deployed from the ceiling and the alert message was played.</p> <p>“It was a little bit surreal,” passenger Bodie Thorpe told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-05/adelaide-to-canberra-flight-makes-emergency-diversion/10870888" target="_blank"><em>ABC</em></a>.</p> <p>“There was no sort of word as to what the problem was at the time, there was just a pre-recorded message on a loop that lasted for a couple of minutes after the masks dropped.”</p> <p>Vikki Denny said the experience was “disconcerting”.</p> <p>“They didn’t explain anything as far [as] what was occurring — they said this was an emergency procedure and there was a consistent alert going over the intercom,” said Denny.</p> <p>“The whole time we were on descent the emergency intercom was going to remain seated, keep oxygen on, this was an emergency.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">QF706 to Canberra this morning lost cabin pressure so we put the oxygen masks to good use while diverting to Melbourne. Kudos to the professionalism of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Qantas?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Qantas</a> crew with the safety and wellbeing of passengers clearly the priority. Not how I expect my morning to go though. <a href="https://t.co/swokDvDXPg">pic.twitter.com/swokDvDXPg</a></p> — Greg Denehy (@gregdenehy) <a href="https://twitter.com/gregdenehy/status/1102705556194639874?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Qantas <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QF706?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QF706</a> from Adelaide to Canberra (Boeing 737 VH-VXL) has diverted to Melbourne a short time ago due to cabin depressurisation. <a href="https://t.co/NULMDEpYun">pic.twitter.com/NULMDEpYun</a></p> — Brendan Grainger (@Highflyermel) <a href="https://twitter.com/Highflyermel/status/1102686253781139456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">4 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Thorpe said the passengers on the cabin remained collected throughout the incident. </p> <p>“It was very organised and calm on board, no one seemed to be too afraid … it was very quiet and eerie for a while.”</p> <p>The plane landed safely in Melbourne on Tuesday just after 8 am following the cabin “pressurisation issues”.</p> <p>Qantas said all the passengers left the aircraft normally and will be transferred to other flights.</p> <p>“Our pilots and cabin crew handled the incident in line with standard operating procedures,” said Alex Passerini, chief technical pilot captain at Qantas.  </p> <p>“We would like to thank our customers who followed the crew instructions and remained calm during the diversion.</p> <p>“The aircraft is currently being examined by engineers in Melbourne to determine the fault.”</p> <p>The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said it is considering a formal investigation into the incident. </p> <p>“The ATSB can confirm it has been notified of an occurrence this morning where a Boeing 737 on a flight from Adelaide to Canberra diverted to Melbourne due to reported pressurisation issues,” the ATSB said in a statement.</p> <p>“The ATSB will gather information into the occurrence before making a decision on whether or not to formally investigate.”</p>

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Why this travel photo is causing outrage

<p>A travel blogging couple have been heavily criticised for their dangerous stunt in order to get the “perfect” Instagram photo.</p> <p>Portuguese duo Raquel and Miguel posted a photo to the social media site, showing the pair dangling out of a moving train in Sri Lanka – but their 200,000 followers have slammed the act as “irresponsible”.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://nypost.com/2019/03/01/couple-criticized-for-hanging-out-of-a-train-to-take-an-instagram-photo/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, the couple snapped the chilling image while travelling on a train through the small town of Ella.</p> <p>Miguel is seen kissing Raquel’s forehead as she hangs out of the train, holding onto the carriage railings for support.</p> <p>In a second photo, Raquel is photographed holding onto the train with just one hand, with the other holding onto her boyfriend as he snaps the image.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEqe3lg4ZB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEqe3lg4ZB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by RAQUEL &amp; MIGUEL (@explorerssaurus_)</a> on Feb 19, 2019 at 10:08am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After widespread criticism, the couple responded by saying the train was “moving super slow” and that they “respect everyone’s opinions, but it’s not risky".</p> <p>But despite their claims, one minor slip could have proven to be fatal for Raquel.</p> <p>The photo – which has accumulated close to 43,000 likes – has users from around the world slamming the duo’s dangerous stunt.</p> <p>One comment said: “You’d risk your life just for a picture? Just so you can upload it on social media? Or do you do this because this gives you ‘the rush?’ How is this sensible?”</p> <p>Another said: “Insanely stupid stunt. You two will end up dead if you keep this clout chasing up.”</p> <p>“This will inspire more emulators to do this. Dangerous. Irresponsible and all in the name of vanity,” said a user.</p> <p>A few even took a dig at Miguel for putting his girlfriend in harm's way while he stood inside the train.</p> <p>However, Raquel responded to the attack by saying: “The guy didn’t put me in danger, I’m pretty independent, and I do what I feel comfortable with.”</p> <p>The bloggers later said: “The train was almost not moving.”</p> <p>Last year, 259 people around the world died trying to take the perfect selfie according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.</p> <p>Do you this this travel photo is dangerous? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Top 5: The most ridiculous travel accessories you’ve ever seen

<p>Travelling to another destination can be exciting, but it’s only exciting once you get there. The actual ‘travelling’ part can be a part of the journey. But with many companies are aware that travelling is frustrating, they’ve come up with a few ideas to help.</p> <p>However, there are some items are definitely more of a hindrance than a help.</p> <p><strong>1. Humidiflyer</strong></p> <p>This mask aims to ease the feeling of jetlag by offering filtered air through a mask. The website claims that jetlag is caused by breathing dry air over and over again until you’re sick. The Humidiflyer traps the moisture from your breath and is used again to put moisture into the dry air within the plane. Only issue is they look like this.<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLGCgoyAVLY/"></a></p> <p><strong>2. B-Tourist strip</strong></p> <p>This elastic strip of fabric is able to stretch between two plane seat headrests and allows the user not to be disturbed. The <a href="https://www.designboom.com/design/idan-noyberg-gal-bulka-flight-comfort-b-tourist-strip-05-12-2014/">strip</a> is designed to “offer one their own private space to quietly eat, read a book, watch a movie and to sleep without being disturbed”. Doesn’t look too good though, does it?</p> <p><strong>3. The Ostrich Pillow</strong></p> <p>This pillow aims to allow the user to sleep anytime, anywhere. You’re able to use it when you want to sleep at your desk or whilst you’re travelling. It doesn’t look the most comfortable, though that doesn’t seem to stop users from buying it.<a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuHNCr4jYsx/"></a></p> <p><strong>4. Jaktogo Wearable Luggage</strong></p> <p>People who are sick and tired of carrying luggage around can now wear it, thanks to Jaktogo wearable luggage. Despite the claims that the ponchos and other accessories are fashionable, there are no reviews to back this up.<a href="http://www.jaktogo.com/Products/view/id/Dresstogo"></a></p> <p><strong>5. ModoBag</strong></p> <p>Touting itself as the world’s first rideable luggage, this is definitely a travel accessory you don’t need. Thank goodness it comes with brakes, custom wheels and an easy setup to ensure no one gets run over. There are also foot pedals and a cushioned seat so that you’re comfortable whilst riding around the airport on your luggage.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see these ridiculous travel solutions.</p> <p>Would you use any of these travel accessories? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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MH370 widow Danica Weeks' fight to find answers for missing husband

<p>Danica Weeks will spend the fifth anniversary of her Kiwi husband’s disappearance, with their two young sons, Jack and Lincoln, still in the dark about what exactly happened in 2014.</p> <p>It’s been five years – and answers are still left unanswered regarding the whereabouts of the 239 passengers and crew who went missing on Malaysian Airlines' MH370 flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on March 8, 2014.</p> <p>On the flight was the husband of Danica, 38-year-old Kiwi man Paul Weeks, heading to work at a Mongolian mine site.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824271/danika-weeks-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6d15b6540bb94c938b040c34d921a1d6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Paul Week went missing five years ago on the MH370. Image: Channel Nine 60 Minutes </em></p> <p>Last night on Channel 9’s <em>60 Minutes</em>, Danica told Sarah Abo she would push for investigators to not stop trying to figure out “why” the plane went down.</p> <p>“This isn’t just about 239 people on a Boeing 777, this is about eight million people every day that get on a flight: wives, husbands, family members that get on a plane,” she explained.</p> <p>Despite an international search effort costing an overwhelming $200 million, $60 million of which has been given by the Australian government – only a few small pieces of debris from the MH370 has been found.</p> <p>These small pieces are what was discovered after washing ashore in the Western Indian Ocean.</p> <p>Danika’s determination to find answers led her all the way to the door of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad in efforts to reopen the search for the missing plane.</p> <p>The episode featuring the Prime Minister is the first time he has ever spoken to a relative of one of the missing 239 before.</p> <p>During the interview, Dr Mahathir vowed to continue the search for the missing MH370.</p> <p>“We intend to continue,” he told the program. “And nowadays, with electronic detection, it may be possible for us to find where the plane had come down.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824272/danike-weeks-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0221e2a79dd8442da50b344a052ebe54" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Danica Weeks meeting Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad to plea for the MH370 case to be reopened. Image: Channel Nine 60 Minutes </em></p> <p>Cameras took viewers behind the scenes to a “secret vault” which held the only known debris form the plane.</p> <p>Ms Weeks, who moved from Perth to Cooroy on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has her own theories for what she thinks might have happened on the flight.</p> <p>"I've always believed the fault was with the plane, which is why I put a court case out against Boeing in the US — to prove that the Boeing 777s that are still flying are safe," she told <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-12/mh370-grief-stricken-wife-legal-action-against-boeing-crash/9324838">ABC</a> last year.</p> <p>Her belief then, was that the fault did not lie in the pilot’s hands like many theories assume.</p> <p>The speculation that has grown around Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah downing his own plane and committing mass murder has neither been confirmed nor denied by Malaysian investigators.</p> <p>Crisis manager, Fuad Sharuji, told <em>60 Minutes</em>, he like many others also does not believe the pilot could have committed such a senseless crime.</p> <p>“His final words (were), ‘Goodnight MH370’. His voice was relatively calm. There was no signs of anxiety at all. There was nothing abnormal with his last words,” he told Abo when asked if there was anything peculiar about the captain’s last words.</p> <p>“For a person to actually take the lives of 289 passengers and crew on board, including his own life, must be a completely deranged person.</p> <p>“Madman, crazy. None of that is the character of Captain Zaharie.”</p> <p>Sharuji reveals the night the MH370 lost contact, everything went wrong.</p> <p>“It was on the morning of 8th of March at 2.30 in the morning when I received the first phone call that we have lost contact with MH370,” he told the program.</p> <p>“And I knew that there was something wrong, seriously wrong. So, we immediately activated our code red.”</p> <p><img id="__mcenew" src="/media/7824273/danika-weeks1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/003201d0ff2d489f89ae6b218b723f6f" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Danica Weeks with her two sons, Jack, (left) and Lincoln (right). Image: Channel Nine 60 Minutes </em></p> <p>Danica has no plans to hold a memorial service for her missing husband, she told the ABC last year.</p> <p>“I think I would be kidding myself if I had one,” she explained.</p> <p>We are still without a death certificate — I don't want one — I want him to be found.</p> <p>“I am dealing with the emotion and the physical reality he is not here — it is really tough,” she said.</p> <p>“It doesn't get easier, it actually gets worse — we are getting tired, we want the answers, we have been through so many searches, such hope with no fruition, it weights down on me.</p> <p>“I'm lucky Paul gifted me with two beautiful boys — that keeps me going.”</p> <p> </p>

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