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Man sues British Airways after flying to Grenada instead of Granada

- June 24th, 2014
Grenada and Granada.  (Fotolia)

Grenada and Granada. (Fotolia)

Every now and then you hear the story of the traveller who mistakenly booked themselves on a flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia instead of Sydney, Australia or to Grenada in the Caribbean instead of the Spanish Granada. Well, it’s happened again.

An American traveller is suing British Airways after he and his wife were flown more than 6,000 km away from their intended destination of Granada, Spain to the island of Grenada, reports the U.K.’s Independent.

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Edward Gamson and his wife were travelling Europe when they boarded a London flight to what they thought was Spain’s Granada, but instead ended up being Grenada. Gamson says the mistake was made by British Airways’ Florida booking agent and that his tickets didn’t have airport codes or destination country information printed on them, only “Grenada.”

British Airways has reportedly refused to reimburse Gamson $4,500 for the first-class tickets.

“I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain,” he told The Independent. “Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon? It’s just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and … BA won’t do the decent thing.”

The dentist is now suing for $34,000 in damages.

Giant sea turtle crashes destination beach wedding

- May 22nd, 2014

One couple’s dream destination beach wedding was crashed by a very unexpected guest this past month.

Jason and Kate Crowe were in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. Croix to tie the knot when a giant leatherback turtle, the world’s largest breed of turtle, emerged from the sea and proceeded to lay her eggs on the beach just steps from the couple’s reception party.

Jason posted the images to Reddit, saying “Immediately after the ceremony during cocktail hour everyone is mingling and sipping on their beverage of choice when I overhear one of my friends say with a good bit of excitement in his voice, ‘Look at that turtle!’

“I break conversation and turn around to see this monster coming out of the surf. We watched it for a while. It came ashore, circled around digging a hole, laid it’s eggs on the beach, covered them back up, and rolled back out into the ocean. Now that’s a memorable event at your wedding.

“All of the locals from the resort were going on and on about what a good omen it was and how our wedding ‘was blessed.’ More than one of them specifically cited fertility.”

WestJet passenger leaves sexist note on plane for female pilot

- March 5th, 2014
(Carey Smith Stacey Facebook)

(Carey Smith Stacey Facebook)

When I wrote a blog last year on a U.K. survey that revealed travellers “don’t trust” female pilots because they see them as more prone to stress and less skilled, I wondered who on Earth would still think in such a stereotypical way. Now we can identify at least one such person: David from seat 12E.

Female WestJet pilot Carey Smith Steacy captained a flight from Calgary to Victoria on Sunday. After landing with no issue and seeing all passengers off the plane, the crew discovered a note left behind on a napkin that stated “the cockpit of an airline is no place for a woman.”

Signing the note “David,” the passenger stated that “a woman being a mother is the most honor, not as ‘captain.’ Sorry not PC (politically correct).” He went on to list a Bible verse and say “I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight.”

Smith Steacy said David also asked flight attendants if she had enough flying hours under her belt before they even took off.

Smith Steacy, meanwhile, posted the napkin note to Facebook along with a reply that, for someone who is being discriminated against because she lacks testicles, is pretty balls to the wall.

“To David. Thank you for the note, you discreetly left me on your seat,” she wrote. ”I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the ‘cockpit,’ (we now call it the flight deck as no cocks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore. I have heard many comments from people throughout my 17 year career as a pilot. Most of them positive. Your note is, without a doubt, the funniest… You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a ‘fair lady’… We all, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours. Now, back to my most important role, being a mother.”

WestJet is rightfully standing behind Smith Steacy, telling QMI Agency “We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and we are disappointed by this note.”

Of the airline’s 1,176 pilots, 58 are female. The Women of Aviation Worldwide publication says 5.15% of for-hire pilots globally are female.

 

Spirit Airlines urges travellers to “go down on us” to the Caribbean

- January 23rd, 2014
(Spirit Airlines website)

(Spirit Airlines website)

Using shock value to publicize airfare deals is becoming a hallmark of advertizing at U.S. budget airline Spirit Airlines.

The airline is following up their Rob Ford crack-smoking flight deal with a new offer for travellers to “go down on us” to the Caribbean.

The animated ad launches after clicking into the Spirit website, not-so-subtly declaring that the airline is shaving its prices before a razor sweeps across a photo of a woman’s pelvis, removing hair to reveal the good deals on airfare to be had.

“We’re shaving our fares so you’ll go down on us… to the Caribbean,” the ad says.

Spirit’s fares to the Caribbean are one-way and start at $30.

(Spirit Airlines website)

(Spirit Airlines website)

In November, Spirit Airlines made headlines with an ad that depicted a portly man smoking, believed to be poking fun at the crack scandal surrounding Toronto mayor Rob Ford.  “We’re not smoking crack,” read the ad. “Our fares REALLY are this low!”

In July, the airline took on the scandal surrounding U.S. politician Anthony Weiner with an ad titled “The Weiner Rises Again.” It featured a hot dog version of Weiner’s alter ego, Carlos Danger, holding an iPhone declaring it’s “fares too HARD to resist.”

What do you think? Has Spirit gone too far with this ad? Take our poll below.

Hotel that inspired “The Shining” to dig up pet cemetery

- October 2nd, 2013
(Courtesy Stanley Hotel)

(Courtesy Stanley Hotel)

In hotel news very appropriate for the Halloween season, The Stanley Hotel in Colorado — the property that inspired author Stephen King to write The Shining after he spent one spooky night there in the 1970s — has announced plans to dig up its pet cemetery in favour of building a pavilion that can host weddings and corporate events.

The historic hotel opened in 1909, while grave markers in the pet cemetery indicate pets have been buried on the plot of land since the 1960s.  The hotel plans to move the pet graves to another spot as it clears space for its new pavilion.

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The plan has drawn the ire of supernatural enthusiasts who warn of bad things should the pet bones be moved.  Local psychic Rosemary McArthur told the Coloradoan that “stirring up the bones of the dead” could lead to paranormal unrest in an area already famed for its hauntings. Meanwhile, horror enthusiasts who have always wanted to wed at the hotel where Jack Torrance slowly went crazy may soon be able to make that dream a reality.

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

Jack Nicholson in The Shining

It should be noted that King did not draw inspiration for his novel Pet Sematary from the pet cemetery at the Stanley Hotel, but from a cemetery in Maine.

And if staying at this haunted hotel isn’t scary enough for you, guests of the Stanley Hotel can watch Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of The Shining on a continuous loop in-room on channel 42.