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Propaganda war over Hong Kong

Hong Kong's sovereignty transfer from UK to ChinaOn July 1. 1997 the United Kingdom hands sovereignty over Hong Kong over to China. The agreement includes that there will be 1 country, 2 systems for 50 years. This means that China and Hong Kong continue to have their own governmental systems, legal, economic and financial affairs, including trade relations with foreign countries until 2047.

Difference between Hong Kong and China

Citizens of Hong Kong enjoy a high standard of living and a lot of freedom relative to Chinese nationals. However, in February 2019 the Hong...
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No seatback?

seat without seatbackOn Twitter, a photo showing a woman sitting in an airplane seat without a seatback went viral. The picture is taken on an easyJet flight from London to Geneva. But vacationers wonder how that is possible and whether that isn’t prohibited.

It's not what it seems

Many people take to social media and call it illegal. They can hardly believe that easyJet would endanger passengers’ safety. Well, easyJet doesn’t. The picture doesn’t show what they think. The airline explains that the photo has been taken just for the picture. Thus,...
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A plane lands on Pacific Avenue

Pacific Avenue, Parkland, WAWashington State Trooper Clint Thompson is driving on Pacific Avenue in Parkland. Suddenly, he observes a small plane descending toward the road. It is going to make an emergency landing prompted by a fuel-system malfunction in the single-prop KR2 plane.

Emergency U-turn

Immediately after the plane has passed over Thompson’s car, he makes an emergency U-turn, activates his lights, and slows traffic. This way he makes room for the pilot to land safely.

Traffic lights

It is funny that the plane stops just before red traffic lights at an intersection. Cars from left...
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Ryanair in heavy weather

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair’s flamboyant boss, has scared its employees by announcing that as many as 900 jobs will be cut. The low-cost carrier will lay off 500 of its 5,500 pilots and 400 of its 9,000 cabin staff. In addition, recruitment plans for 600 cabin staff in 2020 have been put on hold. This has to do with the problems of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Profit decline

Ryanair’s post-tax profit declined by almost 30% on an annual basis. The airline blames higher fuel costs and declining fares for its falling profit. Fares are falling due to price competition in several markets. The...
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A strange White House meeting

Qatar AirwaysOn July 20, 2019, Donald Trump has a White House meeting with airline CEOs. The issue at hand concerns subsidies that Middle Eastern airlines receive from their governments. At least, that is what US carriers allege without any proof. In contrast, there is proof of subsidies the US government has channeled to US airlines. The leaked proof refers to the period 1918-1998. Documents referring to more recent periods have not (yet) been leaked.

Containing Middle Eastern airlines

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How useful is travel insurance?

Henri Coandă International AirportA reader of our website shares his experience at Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest. At security control he puts his laptop and smartphone in a bin to pass the scanner. At the other side of the scanner he collects his belongings, passes passport control and walks to the gate.

Missing smartphone

Once in the plane he discovers that his smartphone is missing. He can’t do anything while traveling. But when he is back home he sends an email to the airport in Bucharest asking whether his smartphone...
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