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SWAT TEAM STORMS PLANE

Threats have consequences
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28 JUL 2014:  About 45 minutes after the plane left Toronto’s Pearson International for Panama, a 25-year-old man, began ripping apart magazines and the safety card from his seat pocket, grabbing at the window shade to pull it down, and then, according to Sunwing officials, allegedly “made numerous threats relating to bombs and explosives.” MORE

SOUTHWEST LOOKS NORTH

And rouge vs Air Canada
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28 JUL 2014: Southwest Airlines says Canada is on a list of “attractive” destinations that include Hawaii, Alaska, Central America and the northern part of South America, available to Southwest with the delivery of Boeing 737-800 planes that offer more seats and longer range than the carrier’s current 737-700s.   MORE

A NEW BEGINNING

And a call for global safety
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28 JUL 2014: As was suggested last week, Malaysia Airlines is looking at a number of options to restructure its business. A name change will likely be part of a critical brand overhaul following two major tragedies within six months. MORE

NORWAY TAKES PRECAUTIONS

Threat of terrorist attacks
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28 JUL 2014: Norwegian authorities made a decision to close part of its airspace over the city of Bergen and increased border control due to the threat of terrorist attacks, Agence France Presse reported on Saturday. MORE

THE END OF THE JOURNEY

Costa Concordia arrives in Genoa
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28 JUL 2014: The Costa Concordia has completed its last voyage arriving on Sunday at the northern Italian city of Genoa, two and a half years after it ran aground and sank near the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people. MORE

ONLINE EVALUATIONS

Most negative comments easily fixed
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28 JUL 2014: Hotel evaluations on the internet are gaining in importance when it comes to making the final selection of the travel destination. A negative evaluation online often means that the person looking to book decides on an alternative hotel. International booking portal hotel.info has analysed hotel evaluations from the past two years and established that most of the difficulties experienced by guests could be solved very easily. MORE

SPIDER MAN ARRESTED

Bad Spidey punches police officer
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26 JUL 2014:  A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square. Junior Bishop, 25, of Brooklyn, was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. MORE

NEVER AGAIN

Till hell freezes over or the next seat sale
By JEN SAVEDRA
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28 JUL 2014:  Here’s another one of those ridiculous incidents where everyone overreacts, everyone is to blame and everyone looks childish and stupid.   A  Southwest passenger says he will never fly the airline again after being asked to leave a flight and threatened with the police unless he deleted a rude tweet that called a gate agent rude. MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A BRUTAL WEEK IN AVIATION

Experts say no indication that flying is less safe
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25 JUN 2014:  It’s been a very bad week. Nearly 300 passengers are killed when their plane is shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm in Taiwan, and yet another disappears in West Africa. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory. MORE

FIVE CANADIANS ON AIR ALGERIE

Plane is believed to have crashed
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25 JUL 2014: Air Algerie officials have confirmed that flight AH5017, making a joint flight with the Spanish company Swiftair , enroute from Burkina Faso to Algiers, has crashed. There were 116 people on board, five of whom are believed to be Canadian. MORE

AMERICAN CARRIERS BACK AT BEN GURION

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25 JUL 2014: All three US airlines serving Israel resumed flights there Thursday, following a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. MORE

NEW BOSS AT VISIT BRITAIN

Sally Balcombe named CEO
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25 JUL 2014:  Visit Britain has a new CEO.  Christopher Rodrigues, chairman of VisitBritain, has announced the appointment of Sally Balcombe as the organisation's next chief executive officer. MORE

SIGNATURE DREAMS

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26 JUL 2014: Signature Vacations has announced the addition of 10 Dreams Resorts and Spas properties to its slate of destinations for this fall and winter. MORE

BIZ TRAVELLERS CHOOSE LOT

Best Airline for Europe, Middle East and Africa
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26 JUL 2014: LOT Polish Airlines has been named the Best Airline for Europe, Middle East and Africa by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler, an online publication written for and by the world's most experienced and savvy international travellers. MORE

HOLD THIS DATE

New Orleans to Host IPW 2016
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26 JUL 2014: The US Travel Association has announced that New Orleans will be the venue for IPW 2016 - the first time the blockbuster travel industry event has returned to the Crescent City since 2002. New Orleans also previously hosted the annual five-day event, formerly known as International Pow Wow, in 1993 and 1979. MORE

COWBOY CARNIVAL

Cruising and football
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26 JUL 2014: Carnival Cruise Lines and the Dallas Cowboys are entering a marketing agreement that will expand the ship operator's brand at the team's $1.2 billion stadium and other properties. MORE

PASSENGER PROTECTION

Cruise passenger testify
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26 JUL 2014:  Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill last year to improve protection of passengers on cruise ships. Cruise line officials appeared at an earlier hearing, chaired by the senator, but at this week’s session it was passengers who recounted their experiences. MORE
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