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Wacky new airline stunts

If your November travel plans include a flight out of Los Angeles, don't be surprised to find yourself standing behind a bald, tattooed human billboard.

Teen arrested after flight to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A teenage passenger from California was arrested in Nashville for plotting to hijack a plane from Los Angeles to Nashville, the FBI said Friday. FBI spokesman George Bolds told The Associated Press the 16-year-old boy was removed from Southwest Airlines Flight 284 Tuesday night by authorities at Nashville International Airport and found with "suspicious" items.

Urinating on Japanese tourist hits Fiji tourism badly

An incident in which a Fijian soldier urinated on a Japanese woman on a plane has ended up doing "untold damage" to Fiji, the country's main daily says in a strongly worded editorial today. It was commenting after the international carrier Air Pacific published its annual report saying its Fiji-Japan route was performing poorly and was struggling.

Tourist to pay $31,000 for death of four motorcyclists

(eTN) - An Austrian tourist who killed four motorcyclists and injured two others in a moment's carelessness says she will grieve with the victims' families for the rest of her life.

Speedboat overturns but 22 (including tourists) safe

Sandakan (eTN) - Twenty-two people, including 10 foreign tourists, were plucked from sea after the speedboat they were riding overturned near Pamaguan Island, about a 20-minute boatride from here, Sunday. It was learnt the vessel was heading towards Sandakan from Selingan Island when the mishap occurred at about 7.50am.

Spike strip stops tourist

(eTN) - Officers used a spike-strip to stop a freeway driver who turned out to be, San Diego police said, a confused French tourist.

Popular Hawaiian tourist spot outsources native crafts

(eTN) - A San Diego gift shop operator has drawn the ire of cultural watchdogs after ousting island artisans from one of Hawaii's most popular tourist attractions.

Rude awakening for tourists

(eTN) - International visitors to South Africa's OR Tambo Airport were given a rude awakening after the words "F*** Y**" were displayed on all welcome sign boards, the Son reported on Friday. The tabloid ran pictures of the offending message on the electronic boards. OR Tambo spokesperson Nothemba Noruwane said they did not know who was responsible for the "greeting".

Filipina tourist held for three weeks at airport on charges of...

(eTN) - A tourist from the Philippines was held in custody at Ben-Gurion International Airport for more than three weeks because the Interior Ministry feared she would conduct a romantic relationship with the Israeli man she was planning to visit, and settle in the country.

Tourists Deterred By Hospital Waste Dumped in Ocean

(eTN) - Two major Freetown government hospitals have been discarding potentially dangerous hospital waste, including used syringes, onto hospital grounds and into the ocean, the Concord Times discovered last week. Employees at both the Connaught and Princess Christian Margaret Hospital (PCMH) have admitted to dumping waste behind both hospitals and sometimes directly into the water.

Iceland complains to US about treatment of tourist in New York

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (eTN) - Iceland's government has asked the U.S. ambassador to explain the treatment of an Icelandic tourist who says she was held in shackles before being deported from the United States. The woman, Erla Osk Arnardottir Lillendahl, 33, was arrested Sunday when she arrived at JFK airport in New York because she had overstayed a U.S. visa more than 10 years earlier.

Passenger to sue airline over fire

(eTN) - A passenger is sueing PIA after claiming she was burned whilst evacuating a plane that caught fire in Islamabad. In the incident, which was reported by Asian Image at the time. Saiyea Bi, 25, said she had been on a return flight to Birmingham when one of the engines on the Pakistan International Airlines plane developed a fault.

Airline crew sick after flight

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (eTN) - An American Airlines crew was treated by paradmedics Saturday after they became sick when their plane landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Broward Sheriff's authorities say fuel from a generator may have leaked into the aircraft's cabin and the fumes may have made the crew sick.

Two men robbed two tourists at Suicide Cliff in Marpi Friday...

(eTN) - The suspects took the victims' two wallets containing a total of $1,000 cash and other items. The robbers fled on board a Toyota car without a license plate. As of press time yesterday, no one has been arrested yet. Saipan Tribune learned that the two Korean lovers, both 26 years old, parked their car on top of Suicide Cliff at 12:30pm.

Tourists to Britain face new restrictions

LONDON (eTN) - Tourists from outside the European Union face new restrictions including a sharp cut in the time they can stay here. Under the new plans, expected to be announced this week, they will be given only a three-month visa. At present they can stay here for up to six months.

Man nearly dies downing vodka at airport

BERLIN (eTN) - A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing two pints of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new rules about carrying liquids aboard a plane, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday at the Nuremberg airport, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a vacation in Egypt.

Doubts Raised About Sinking Of Antarctic Cruise Ship M/S Explorer

(eTN) - More than two weeks after the ship M/S Explorer sank in Bransfield Strait off the coast of Antarctica, experts are questioning the official explanation of why the vessel sank.

German Prince to Invest in Tourism

(eTN) - German Prince Albrecht Zu Oettingen has expressed interest in investing in Uganda's tourism sector. The prince, who was invited by Vice-President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, recently described his planned investment as 'a venture to provide better value for money for the local people'.

Hotel chain offers free rooms for Marys and Josephs at Christmas

LONDON (eTN) - A hotel chain Tuesday said it was offering couples called Joseph and Mary in Britain, Ireland and Spain free accommodation this Christmas on proof of marriage and name. Hotel chain Travelodge said husbands and wives matching their criteria would get a night's stay on the house, but with more home comforts than the humble stable of the Christian Nativity story.

Tourist likely to face charges over death

(eTN) - A Hungarian tourist just weeks in New Zealand looks likely to face a charge of killing Onehunga salesman Ronald James Brown. Mr Brown, 69, was attacked sometime between 9.30pm Friday and 1am Saturday, the time police arrived at his Matiere Rd home.

FBI backing plan for Vegas mob museum

LAS VEGAS (eTN) - Las Vegas is building a museum about some of its founding fathers and most influential figures — guys with names like Bugsy, Lefty and Lansky. The mob museum will stand as frank acknowledgment of the major role mobsters played in developing Las Vegas into the gambling capital of America and giving the city its rakish glamour during the 1940s and '50s.

Out-of-this-world adventures

(eTN) - As the average Trekkie counts down to next year’s big-screen prequel, hardcore space fanatics are waiting patiently for the year 2010, when Virgin Galactic hopes to start sending the VSS Enterprise, and six paying customers at a time, into the cosmos.

Dutch debate building Tulip Island in North Sea

AMSTERDAM (eTN) - The Netherlands wants to redraw the map of Europe - literally. Dubai has built Palm Island. Now the world leaders in land reclamation are considering an island in the shape of a tulip to fight overcrowding and shield the coastline from the rising sea.

Gunman kills French tourist at bus terminal in central Iranian city

TEHRAN, Iran (eTN) - A French tourist was fatally shot at a bus terminal in a central Iranian city by a gunman suspected of armed robbery, state media said Monday. The official IRNA news agency reported the French national was killed at the terminal in the northern section of Isfahan, a city 410 kilometers (255 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

Did mountain fire kill tourist?

(eTN) - The elderly British tourist found dead after a fire on Table Mountain could have died of a heart attack, the doctor who did the post mortem examination conceded on Monday. However, the most likely cause of death was the burns that covered Janet Chesworth's entire body, Dr Sonata Walraven told the Cape Town Regional Court.

DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors at Washington Dulles...

WASHINGTON (eTN) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles). The change is part of the department's upgrade from two- to 10- fingerprint collection to enhance security and fingerprint matching accuracy.

Public tours of Michael Vick property attracts curious tourists

SURRY, Va. (eTN) - Sherry Walker descended the polished hardwood stairs and joined husband Ben in what used to be Michael Vick's den. "The bathroom - oh my God! - has a fireplace. It's beautiful," the Goochland County woman said, describing what she had seen upstairs during her tour of the 4,600-square-foot white brick house that was headquarters for Vick's dogfighting operation.

Florida island takes up arms against iguana invasion

MIAMI (eTN) - Florida's idyllic Gasparilla island has taken up arms against aggressive foreign intruders, but the Mexican spiny-tailed iguanas are putting up a tough fight, devouring landscaped gardens, munching on electrical cables and gobbling up turtle eggs.

Those foreign microwaves, inscrutable they are.

(eTN) - Housekeeping staff at the Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook were called to help an American guest who complained she could not get her pizza out of the microwave. It turned out she had in fact put the pizza in the safe in her room and activated the lock. nzherald.co.nz

Tourist admits careless driving causing deaths

(eTN) - An Austrian tourist today admitted careless driving that killed four motorcyclists and injured two others in South Canterbury on Sunday. Heike Schellnegger, 30, pleaded guilty to four charges of careless driving causing death and two charges of careless driving causing injury when she appeared in Christchurch District Court.