Travel News – 9 Muslims Deplaned, More Outrageous Law Suits, Drunk Pilot, When Monkeys Attack, Are Bikinis Legal?

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This story starts with a misunderstanding and perhaps prejudice, but it is the last paragraph that I find inexcusable.

9 Muslim passengers kicked off flight after remark

Nine Muslim passengers were kicked off a flight from Washington, D.C., to Florida after other passengers reported hearing a suspicious remark about airplane security. “My brother and his wife were discussing some aspect of airport security,” Irfan said. “The only thing my brother said was, ‘Wow, the jets are right next to my window.’”

Irfan told the newspaper he thought he and the others were profiled because of their appearance. The men had beards and the women wore headscarves, traditional Muslim attire.

Federal officials ordered the rest of the passengers from the plane and re-screened them before allowing the flight to depart.

The family was upset that AirTran didn’t allow the Muslim passengers to book another flight. They eventually made it to their destination on a US Airways flight.

“The FBI agents actually cleared our names,” Inayet Sahin, one of the family members kicked off the flight, told CNN. “They went on our behalf and spoke to the airlines and said, ‘There is no suspicious activity here. They are clear. Please let them get on a flight so they can go on their vacation,’ and they still refused.”

More stupid law suit stories for the airlines. One thing we learn is that you can’t sue the airlines for packing anything you may find embarrassing.

Outrageous airline lawsuits

A German man sued British Airways after being kicked off a flight when a fellow passenger complained about the way he smelled. He lost the suit when “it turned out that BA’s conditions of carriage allow it to (expel) extra-stinky passengers.”

In another case of a bad seatmate, a flier sued Delta Air Lines after spending a flight next to an obese man who he claimed infringed on his space. The plaintiff claimed that he was given less than the full seat guaranteed by his ticket. The case was settled out of court.

Another passenger sued Delta for “post traumatic stress disorder.” After her bag was “found to be emitting a buzzing sound,” a female passenger was called to the tarmac for further inspection. The source of the suspicious sound turned out to be a vibrator, which left airline workers “laughing hysterically.” She lost the case.

‘Drunk’ pilot arrested at Heathrow moments before he was due to fly to India

A pilot said to be smelling of alcohol was arrested in the cockpit of his plane by armed police just minutes before take-off at Heathrow. The plane, which had 300 passengers on board, was about to begin a nine-hour flight to Mumbai when airport staff told security they feared Michael Harr had drunk too much to fly.

OK, I am not really afraid of Monkey attacks. Flying monkeys are an entirely different matter.

How to Prevent a Monkey Attack

Among the many worries a traveler may be forced to contemplate—catastrophic bus fires, itchy money belts, hemorrhagic fevers—one menace is typically overlooked: monkeys. From troops of temple macaques, to city slicker baboons, to curious vervets, a trip to almost any destination between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn will put you in the domain of our simian cousins. For the most part, monkeys in the wild aren’t a problem. But acclimate them to a stream of snacking tourists, and the beasties can become aggressive if not downright dangerous. An encounter gone awry can lead to stitches, a potentially fatal case of herpes-B, or a cameo on YouTube and mortal embarrassment

Better start packing your bags as space tourism is one step closer this week. Is a spacesuit considered smart casual?

US gives green light for first commercial spaceport

The US Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light for the world’s first commercial spaceport, New Mexico authorities said Thursday. The FAA granted Spaceport America a license for vertical and horizontal space launches following an environmental impact study, according to the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA).

Indonesia’s new law is causing confusion for tourist and a loss of revenue for the country.

Are bikinis allowed? Indonesia’s anti-porn law repels tourists

The association of tour guides at the Baturraden holiday resort in Banyumas, Central Java, has blamed the much-decried anti-pornography law for a slew of recent cancellations by Dutch tourists planning to visit the area.

One of the most popular activities here, Tekad went on, was to bathe in the natural hot springs and enjoy a sulfur wrap and massage, during which the men normally wore only shorts and the women bikinis.

“It seems they followed the news on the porn law in Indonesia and got the idea they could be jailed for bathing like that, just because of the law,” he said.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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