Reader’s Digest did an experiment by dropping 12 wallets containing a phone number, cash and other personal items in public spaces in 16 cities
In Helsinki, 11 of the 12 wallets made their way back, while in Lisbon, only one wallet was returned. Mumbai, India was on the 2nd place with 9 out of 12 wallets returned and New York on the 4th.
“Least honest: Lisbon, Portugal
Wallets returned: 1 out of 12. A couple in their sixties spotted our wallet and immediately called us. Interestingly, our reporter learned that the two weren’t from Lisbon at all—they were visiting from Holland. The remaining eleven wallets were taken, money and all.”
Read more here : http://www.rd.com/slideshows/most-honest-cities-lost-wallet-test#slideshow=slide1
“The number of guns found nationally by airport screeners has more than doubled in the past eight years — from 660 in 2005 to 1,556 in 2012.
This year is on pace to surpass that total again: the 1,150 guns discovered through August is a 20 per cent increase over the same period last year.
TSA officials decline to speculate about the reasons behind the increase, but say the most common excuse from passengers is that they simply forgot they had a gun in their bag.
Passengers can travel with guns, but only when they declare them and put them in checked bags that are hard-sided with a lock.” (I did not know that.)
“If the state or jurisdiction where the airport is located has tolerant gun laws, police at the airport will frequently hand the gun back to the passenger and recommend locking it in a car or finding some other safe place for it.”
“In July, a grenade was found in a carry-on bag of a passenger headed to Denver, prompting this Tweet from Dankers, the TSA spokeswoman: “Friendly reminder 2 leave your grenades at home when travelling by air.”"
Full article More airline passengers caught with guns in carry-ons in Salt Lake City and across the country
“Air Canada now has to revise its denied boarding compensation regime by September 18, 2013, to reflect the following compensation provisions:
- Less than 2 hour delay = 50% of the base amount
- Between 2 and less than 6 hour delay = 100% of the base amount
- 6 hour delay or more = 200% of the base amount
- The base amount is established as $400
This compensation applies solely to involuntary denied boarding, and does not relate to situations where a passenger volunteers to be denied boarding for whatever compensation Air Canada wishes to offer.”
From the Canadian Transportation Agency: Two Agency Decisions Increase Rights and Remedies of Passengers Travelling with Air Canada and Porter
The organization behind this enterprise is Mars One and there are already more than 165,000 people who applied for the one way trip to Mars.
“Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations; it is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.
The Mars One mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings. In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work.
The mission design takes into account the expansion of the human colony where a new crew arrive every two years.”
The link for applying is https://apply.mars-one.com, and the deadline is August 31.
And the first question from the FAQ on the site:
Yes it is! Mars One has been working on this project in secret since January of 2011. It has taken us until May 2012 to expose it publicly because we are then certain of its technical feasibility and means of finance.
A manned mission to Mars is expensive. We plan to fund it by making it the biggest media spectacle in history. This way, everyone will get the chance to not only watch the astronauts make their journey, but choose who gets to do so. Four people, icons, who will leave their life on Earth behind and start an adventure on a new planet tens of millions of miles away.
A former pilot who runs a forensic animation company has recreated the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco Airport on July 6 in a detailed animation that shows what might have happened and what should have happened.
You can read more about the reconstruction in the ‘About’ of the video on youtube.
The MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, now in the third year of the research, analyses a global network of 132 destination cities, their connectivity through cross-border air travel and associated expenditures.
“With the exception of Bangkok overtaking London to be in the top rank in the world, the lineup of the global top 20 in 2013 is the same as in 2012.”
Global Top 20 Top Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitors Another interesting statistics is how much the overnight visitors spend. “New York has retained its top rank in the world in 2013 with an estimated US$18.59 billion, followed by London with US$16.32 billion. Though ranked first in the world by arrival numbers, Bangkok is ranked
fourth in terms of visitor cross-border spending estimated at US$14.28 billion.”
Global Top 20 Top Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitor SpendI was curious so did myself a few calculations and the average spend is very high in Tokyo.
Europe Top 10 Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitors
North America Top 10 Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitors
Asia/Pacific Top 10 Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitors
“The hotel, located at the foot of Emei Mountain, in China’s Sichuan province, is the first panda-themed hotel in the world and will officially open in May with room rates from 300 to 500 yuan ($48 to $80) per night.”
“Dubai shipbuilder Drydocks World has inked a deal with Swiss-based BIG InvestConsult, on behalf of partner Deep Ocean Technology (DOT) to create Water Discus Hotel – a leisure facility with a structure that is partly above water and the rest underneath.”
A few more details from the Deep Ocean Technology site:
Going above and beyond all standards
Water Discus Hotels comprise two discs – an underwater and above-water one. This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate.
The two parts of the structure are connected by five solid legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairway. The size of each disc has been adjusted to local conditions.
The complex is surrounded by a beautifully vibrant coral reef. This unique location will allow you to enjoy the tropical weather and the colourful underwater world, which is just within your reach and will engage all your senses.
The disc, located up to 30 metres beneath the surface of the sea, is composed of 21 hotel rooms adjacent to the underwater dive centre and a bar. Each room is integrated with the underwater world as closely as possible, offering a surprisingly direct, yet safe contact with the local flora and fauna.
Special lighting system of the area around the room and the miniature underwater vehicles which can be operated from inside will allow you to take a closer look at even the most microscopic underwater creatures using macro photography. We also ensure that our guests can protect their privacy whenever necessary. All rooms are sound-proof and have curtains of different levels of transparency.
“Atlanta (+3.3%) continues to be the world’s busiest airport, while Beijing (+4.1%) maintains second place. London Heathrow (+0.9%) remains in third while Tokyo Haneda (+6.7%) moves into fourth position. Chicago O’Hare (-0.1%) takes fifth place. Only three other airports in the top 30 experienced declines in passenger traffic in 2012, which include Madrid (-9.0%), Houston (-0.4%) and Phoenix (-0.3%).”
Preliminary Ranking for World’s Busiest AirportsI would have thought Frankfurt is among the first 10 airports, and it is impressive the increase for the Istanbul airport.
SUMMARY: PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2012 (compared with 2011 figures)
Total Passengers: +4.0%
Total International Passengers: +5.6%
Total Cargo (includes mail): 0.0%
Total International Freight: -0.1%
Total Aircraft Movements: -0.2%
All this data is from Airports Council International that has the site www.aci.aero.
I did not know there was such a domain .aero and sure enough www.delta.aero and www.klm.aero redirect to their respective .com sites.
www.airfrance.aero doesn’t re-direct – there is such a site – and www.aircanada.aero does not exist, they are not afraid someone else will grab this domain ; I suppose they (i.e. the domains) are restricted to the organizations that operate in this field.
One of the them is the photo posted via Twitter that shows the famous US Airways flight that landed in New York City’s Hudson river.
Full list is here
And Antarctica drew my attention:
Exotic 14-night cruises on Celebrity Infinity depart from Buenos Aires, with visits to Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, Argentina; Cape Horn, Chile; Schollart Channel and Dalhan Bay, Paradise Bay, Gerlache Strait, and Elephant Island, Antarctica; Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, and Montevideo, Uruguay.
I have always wanted to go to Antarctica, I wonder how much it will cost.
You could read about the other itineraries here