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INVESTIGATORS SEARCH WRECKAGE OF EGYPTAIR

Human remains suggest blast
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24 MAY 2016: A senior Egyptian forensics official says human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft. MORE

LINE UP CRISIS CONTINUES

TSA security chief removed
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24 MAY 2016: The head of security for the US Transportation Security Administration has been removed from his position in an attempt by the agency to address the issue of long airport lines. MORE

TRAVEL MARKETPLACE PROVES POPULAR

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24 MAY 2016: The third annual Travel MarketPlace conference was recently held in Toronto and, with its popularity growing each year, offered agents a lively programme of informative seminars, interactive sessions, professional speakers and wound up with the ACTA/Air Canada awards and a travel agent appreciation reception. MORE

FIGHTER JETS INTERCEPT DELTA PLANE

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24 MAY 2016: Just hours after the crash of EgyptAir crash in the Mediterranean, a Delta Air Lines charter flight from Frankfurt to Kuwait came close to a potential disaster in the same region. MORE

HOME WORK

Companies look to save money, respond to employees
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24 MAY 2016: Like many Canadians, Carla Holub has gladly given up commuting for the ease and comfort of working from home. The 41-year-old WestJet sales agent says she has no regrets since she made the change three years ago. Telecommuting affords her the time to take her children to dance lessons and hockey while reducing her lunch, coffee, gas and car insurance costs. MORE

HAIL TO THE CHEF

President Obama dines with Anthony Bourdain
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24 MAY 2016: President Barack Obama dined in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose “Parts Unknown” food travelogue is one of the network's most popular nonfiction series. MORE

WHEN IN ROME

By MARGARET SWAINE
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24 MAY 2016: When in Rome you eat. And eat. Because that’s what the Romans do. Before I cried uncle and tried for light crudités (I think I got the whole grocery store on the plate for that one) – I dove into the culture. I signed up for two food tours through Eating Italy: one at twilight through Trastevere and the other a daytime visit to the Testaccio district. Such tours are trending hot in most major cities and are stomach-bursting eye-opening fun. MORE

SECURITY HECK

Hate the wait
By PAM STELLINI
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24 MAY 2016: It is a serious problem, crazy long line-ups at security at American airports. The economy is strong and ticket prices are low so people are travelling. But TSA is grossly understaffed, so some people are getting into security checkpoint queues for literally hours; only to miss their flights. Yet, in any way does that situation make you think to yourself, “I wonder if these airports should get some clowns?” MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

MISSING PLANE DEBRIS FOUND

Absolutely no indication of the cause
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20 MAY 2016: Egyptian airport officials said this morning that investigators will inspect the plane debris and personal belongings that the Egyptian army says it found 180 miles (290 kilometres) north of the city of Alexandria. The Airbus 320 plane operated by EgyptAir was carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared off radar at around 2.45 a.m. local time in Egypt. MORE

FORMER PILOT SUES WESTJET

Claims airline fingered him as suspect for bomb threats
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20 MAY 2016: WestJet was the recipient of five bomb threats between June 27 and July 2, 2015 and now a former pilot of the airline says he was arrested by the OPP as a suspect for making those calls. Keith Kippen is suing WestJet for wrongful dismissal and defamation. MORE

QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY

Port of Charlottetown sets standards
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20 MAY 2016: The Port of Charlottetown has made it mandatory for all private tour operators serving cruise ship passengers to be certified. Training took place over the winter and now all companies that pick up passengers from the port (with the exception of taxis) will adhere to the same standards of service. MORE

SHIP ON STEROIDS

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20 MAY 2016: When Harmony of the Seas arrived in Southampton around dawn this week, she was greeted by a small crowd, some of whom were in pajamas. The on-lookers were among the first to take in the splendour of the ship with a price tag and features that are equally formidable. MORE

MORE ON THE HORIZON

Victoria welcomes big ships
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20 MAY 2016: The trend of the ever expanding cruise ship undoubtedly benefits Victoria’s Ogden Point. The island welcomed the largest ship to dock at the port when Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas sailed in with more than 3,000 passengers this week. This is a first for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, but the first of many more to come. MORE

ANNIVERSARY FOR GATWICK

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20 MAY 2016: The world’s busiest single runway airport celebrated the 80th anniversary of its first commercial flight on Tuesday. The flight from London to Paris was the first for London Gatwick Airport in 1936. At the time, Gatwick was technically an aerodrome, and it also served flights to Malmö, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Copenhagen. MORE

TRANSAT TRAINING GETAWAY

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20 MAY 2016: Transat Distribution Canada members set sail on the Norwegian Getaway last week for their sixth Cruise Academy. Over 120 delegates and preferred partners embarked from May 8 -15 for a training event (in English or French) offering two levels of education based on their past cruise product experience. MORE

MALAYSIA ENFORCES CONTROVERSIAL TRAVEL BAN

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20 MAY 2016: The government of Malaysia has enforced a controversial travel ban; barring its own citizens from travelling outside of the country for a three year period. The ban will be imposed on those who criticize the government and a democracy leader has been the first to be affected as she was thwarted from travelling to South Korea to receive an award. MORE

SEAWORTHY

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20 MAY 2016: When Seattle’s Pier 666 began renovations last fall, people were concerned that the commotion would drive away a popular resident. However, it turned out that work was to the interior of the terminal only and didn’t cause a displacement of Tripod; the three legged raccoon. MORE

TASTEFUL DINING OPTIONS

Flavors Fit for a King
By WALLACE IMMEN
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20 MAY 2016: Each morning, at every port Koningsdam visited on our cruise around the Mediterranean, chefs went ashore to local markets to shop for fresh fish and vegetables. Meanwhile, a gardener in the Culinary Arts Center tended a garden of fresh sprouts and herbs. And two florists on board kept busy arranging bouquets of fresh flowers flown in regularly from Holland.   MORE
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