Amsterdam bans beer bikes

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, 3 November 2017: Amsterdam will enforce a new ban on ‘beer-bikes’ this week after years of complaints by locals about rowdy tourists getting drunk and disorderly while pedalling along its famous canals.

As from Wednesday “the beer bicycle may be banned from the city centre to stop it from being a nuisance,” the Amsterdam District Court said in a statement.

“The court agrees with the city council that the combination of traffic disruptions, anti-social behaviour and the busy city centre justifies a ban,” it added. Read more

Smoking on the beach banned

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK , 12 October 2017: Hua Hin’s municipal “beach police” will target smokers in a move to clean up the resort’s beaches as a new rule banning smoking at 20 beaches, nationwide, comes into effect 1 November.

Thailand’s Thai language daily, Thai Rath, broke the story saying Hua Hin’s city authorities would introduce a THB2,000 fine on beach goers who throw their cigarette butts on the seashore.

A representative of the Hua Hin authority said a 2,000 baht fine would be reasonable for smokers caught puffing on beaches, next month. The law stipulates the fine should not exceed THB100,000. Read more

Pattaya: Beach boozing banned

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PATTAYA, 26 September 2017: Boozing by the seaside will be banned at Pattaya’s beaches, 1 October, as the resort tries to clean up its tourist image.

According to the Pattaya Mail, beach vendors attended a meeting, last week, organised by the city’s sanitation chief, Wasinpat Chimtim.

The Pattaya Mail said about 50 beach chair vendors from Jomtien and Pattaya beaches attended the meeting where the no-alcohol rules were spelt out along with a “slew of new regulations in advance of an International Fleet Review in November. Read more

More US travel bans in the making

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 25 September 2017: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted at the weekend.

White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or were not willing to meet US standards for identifying potential terror threats.

President Donald Trump, whose initial measures against the six countries were blasted as an effective “Muslim ban,” has yet to make a final decision on which nations will make the new list for much-restricted issuance of US visas, they said. Read more

Phuket limits buses on hillside road

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Transport

PHUKET, 20 September 2017: Phuket authorities are banning tour buses of 21 seats, or more, from driving over Patong Hill during peak hours.

Authorities were installing signs, Tuesday, on both sides of the hilly road that leads to Patong Bay. The road descends in a series of hairpin bends for around 3 to 4 km.

The signs ban buses from driving over the hill from 0600 to 0900 in the morning and 1600 to 2300 in the evening. Read more

UK eases laptop ban

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

AMNAN, 7 August 2017: Britain at the weekend lifted a ban on personal electronic devices for flights from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the United Kingdom, the national carrier Royal Jordanian said.

“Royal Jordanian passengers are allowed to carry these electronic devices in the cabin,” the airline said in a statement referring to large phones, laptops and tablets.

The United States instituted the laptop ban in March for eight North African and Middle East countries based on intelligence that the Islamic State group was working to build a bomb into a tablet or laptop. Read more

Saudi exits laptop ban

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

RIYADH, 21 July 2017: Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted, Wednesday.

The kingdom’s civil aviation authorities informed Saudia that the ban had been lifted after a US team inspected security measures at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah, the airline’s spokesman Abdulrahman al-Taieb said.

Washington in March barred all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in the cabins of direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, only allowing them in hold luggage. Read more

Four airports under US laptop ban

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 14 July 2017: Four airports remain under a ban for carry-on laptops on US-bound flights, imposed amid fears that Islamic State is developing a bomb concealed in personal electronics, officials said Tuesday.

The ban remains in place for Saudi Arabia’s two main international airports, in Riyadh and Jeddah, as well as Egypt’s Cairo International and Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Six other airports across the Middle East have been removed from the ban, originally put in place 21 March, after improving security procedures. Read more

US eases ban for more airlines

July 11, 2017 by  
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AMMAN: 11 July 2017: Royal Jordanian Airlines said on Sunday it has won an exemption from a US ban on passengers carrying laptops and tablet computers on flights from its hub in Amman.

The announcement comes more than three months after the United States prohibited such devices on flights from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Turkey.

In news released Monday, it was confirmed that Kuwait Airways is now also on the list of airlines exempt from the so called ‘laptop ban’. Read more

Qatar wins laptop ban exemption

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 7 July 2017: Qatar Airways announced on Thursday that it had won exemption from a US ban on passengers taking laptops and tablet computers on flights from its Doha hub.

It is the latest carrier after Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, Dubai’s Emirates and Turkish Airlines all met new rules imposed by Washington in March for direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.

“Qatar Airways is pleased to confirm that with immediate effect, all personal electronic devices can be carried on board all departures from Hamad International Airport to the United States,” the airline said. Read more

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