(theguardian.com, Wall Street Journal and nbcnews.com)
After five long days, Malalysian Airlines flight MH370 remains missing and new theories and questions concerning the disappearance multiply. The Guardian reports today that the plane may have flown on for hours beyond its last reported sighting.
“The Wall Street Journal, citing two people in the US familiar with the details, said US investigators suspected the Boeing 777 actually stayed in the air for about four hours past that time. The startling assessment was based on data automatically sent by the plane to Boeing’s engine department as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program, the Journal said.
In an NBC News story this morning, it was reported that Malaysia’s transport minister denied this report, saying, “A report in the Wall Street Journal – that the aircraft’s engines had continued to transmit data long after the plane’s last confirmed position – was ‘inaccurate.'” “…However, asked if it were possible that the plane kept flying for several hours, he said, “of course, this is why we have extended the search.”
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You can’t make this stuff up. A passenger (of unknown gender), left a nasty-gram for WestJet pilot, Carey Smith Steacy. Decidedly sexist and rude, the note was posted by Capt. Steacy on her Facebook page – she has received nothing but support from WestJet fans. Read the note and full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-passenger-leaves-nasty-note-pilot/story?id=22784067
Mashable’s list of eight digital travel trends to keep an eye on:
- Brands engage in real-time marketing during holidays and big events
- Brands can make viral videos on a budget by engaging customers
- Hotels invest heavily in next-gen guest experiences
- Airlines improve in-flight entertainment to attract flyers
- Airports adjusts regulations to make room for taxi-booking apps
- Cities make it easier for tourists to explore with Wi-Fi hotspots
- TripAdvisor’s plans to continue acquiring startups
- Amtrak attracts riders with less security and better Wi-Fi
Read the entire post here: http://mashable.com/2014/02/18/8-digital-trends-this-week/
Last year, after a man on an Icelandair flight to New York downed a bottle of duty-free alcohol and became unruly and aggressive, passengers had to restrain him with duct tape. A Frontier Airlines passenger was booted off the plane when she lost her cool over not being able to fit her carry-on in the overhead bin. She lashed out at a fellow passenger who was recording the incident, grabbing and throwing his phone.
These are just a couple of examples of a growing trend of air rage aboard international flights, in particular. CBSNews.com reports that the industry is considering new rules.
Long lines, baggage fees and canceled flights: For passengers, the experience of flying today can trigger enormous stress. But internationally, airlines are focused on another pressing problem: incidents of air rage that are on the rise…between 2007 and 2011, reports of passenger misconduct increased dramatically, from 500 to more than 6,000, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Read the full CBS News report here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/airline-industry-considers-cracking-down-on-unruly-passengers/
Just when you thought you heard it all, the New York Post published an account of a man from China who takes the term “meal ticket” to the extreme. The man purchased a first class plane ticket just so he could freeload meals at the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport – for an entire year. Read more here: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx