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40-year wedding party ends in disappointment

TransaviaTo celebrate a 40-year marriage a Dutch family wants to spend some time in Tenerife, Spain. They spend €1,893 ($2,124) on tickets for flights on Transavia from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Netherlands to Tenerife. On the outbound flight almost everything is okay, but not on the inbound flight. To get home the family must buy new tickets to Amsterdam, whereas their car is parked at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Checking-in

The family arrives at Tenerife Airport half an hour before the check-in will close. Three Transavia check-in counters (73-75) are open....
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Alone in a dark parked plane

Tiffani Adams Tiffani Adams (pictured) takes a 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto. The flight is only about 1/4 full. Less than halfway through the flight she falls asleep, she writes on her Facebook page. And she doesn’t wake up when the plane lands.

Alone in the plane

When she does wake up around midnight, she is still strapped in her seat. It must be several hours after landing. The plane is empty, pitch-dark, freezing cold and locked for the night. Initially, she thinks she is having...
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A non-connecting flight schedule

LAN AirlinesA reader shares his weird experience with vliegtickets.nl, a Dutch booking site. He books 2 tickets from Amsterdam to Sao Paulo, Brazil. One ticket is for his girlfriend and the other is for himself. Because his girlfriend will depart 1 week earlier, they only travel together on the inbound flights. The journey will start in Amsterdam with a flight on Air France to Paris, where he will connect to a LAN Airlines flight to Sao Paulo. That name is in the ticket even though LAN has...
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The power of flight attendants

Police meets Southwest planeCrew members may retain or lose their sense of humor in case of a long delay. This might turn nasty for passengers, but above all it may illustrate their power. Flight attendants can use it at any time, even if it doesn’t serve any reasonable goal. They have the power to kick you off the flight.

Flight delay

A passenger who makes a joke on a delayed Southwest Airlines flight finds it out to his cost, reports local station Fox 40. The passenger is sitting...
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Passengers witness a robbery

Austrian AirlinesYou have boarded your flight and boarding is completed. The engines are running, so the plane can depart the gate any moment. But suddenly you see men in military uniforms approaching airport staff working by the plane. They order the staff to the ground.

Gunmen on the tarmac

You must have boarded Austrian Airlines flight 848 on April 9, 2019. The armed men in uniform aren't soldiers, but robbers. By breaking through a fire services entrance they reach the tarmac of Tirana International Airport in Albania.

How do the robbers know?

Thus,...
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Prevent identity fraud

Even when your hotel asks for it, don't leave your passport at the front desk. Often they want to photocopy it and keep it for the duration of your stay. Local governments or the central government may also require hotels for copies of their guests' passports.

Vulnerable for fraud

You should be aware, however, that if you allow hotels to copy your passport, you will be vulnerable for identity fraud. Everyone who has a copy of your passport can potentially use it for stealing your identity. That holds in particular if it shows...
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