Laptop ban enforced with minimum fuss

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DUBAI, 27 March 2017: A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday — with less fanfare and frustration than expected.

From Dubai to Doha, passengers on dozens of flights checked in their electronic devices, many shrugging off the measure as yet another inconvenience of global travel.

At Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year. Read more

Lost without my laptop

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 24 March 2017: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets.

The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices. Read more

Laptop ban: Is there a commercial plot?

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Trump’s arch enemy, The Washington Post, fielded an alternative explanation for the US laptop travel ban that it claimed was more to do with commercial reasons than a terrorism threat.

Writing in The Washington Post, Wednesday, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, professors at George Washington University, suggested that the ban might have been more to do with economic protectionism than a national security threat.

Domestic Homeland Security says the new rules were introduced because of intelligence that shows terrorists are continuing to target airlines flying to the United States. Read more

Turkey fumes over laptop ban

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ANKARA, 23 March 2017: Turkey Wednesday stepped up its objections to US restrictions on large electronic devices on flights from some airports in the country and other regional hubs, saying it punished travellers instead of tackling the problem.

“It would be better to take measures together against those who are a threat instead of punishing normal passengers,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a visit to Washington.

“If there are concerns over security, our departments should come together and take the necessary measures. This work cannot be done with bans,” Cavusoglu added, quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu. Read more

Laptop or bomb who knows?

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: The latest inflight ban on laptops and other devices larger than a mobile phone sends mixed messages, most of them the worrying kind.

Once the US declares an aviation related ban it is usually adopted worldwide. Within hours the UK introduced a similar ban and Canada is likely to follow later today.

Right now the US ban relates to 10 airports in the Middle East and airlines based there that fly to US destinations, but three of the identified airports – Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi – are major hubs for global networks. Read more

Vietnam to raise airline fees

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 March 2017: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Transport, to increase landing and takeoff fees for airlines, as well as passenger service taxes.

Tuoi Tre News media reported the current fee for passengers at Category A airports is VND70,000 (USD3.13) per person and VND60,000 (USD2.68) per person for Category B airports.

The CAAV proposal, if accepted, would raise fees to VND90,909 (USD4.06) and VND72,727 (USD3.25), respectively. Read more

Call to improve safety

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 21 February 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism says the country should develop tourism products and improve safety measures to attract more visitors and build tourist confidence.

Lao New Agency quoted the ministry’s deputy minister, Bouangeun Saphouvong, saying the tourism sector in Laos should develop integrated tourism products to attract more visitors to the country.

“We also have to ensure visitors that they can enjoy themselves, get a broad knowledge of Laos and its culture, see beautiful places, taste delicious food, as well travel safely on good transport.” Read more

Glass wall to shield Eiffel Tower

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 10 February 2017: A glass wall 2.5 metres (eight feet) high will be erected around the Eiffel Tower in Paris this autumn, part of a multi-million euro plan to prevent attacks on the iconic monument, the city said Thursday.

The wall will replace the metal fences thrown up around the 324-metre (1,063-foot) Iron Lady during the Euro football tournament last year.

“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” said deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins. Read more

Europe enjoys modest travel growth

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 9 February 2017: European tourism demand continues to grow and demonstrates resilience in the face of security and political turmoil according to the European Travel Commission.

Overall growth, however, has slowed from the previous year (+5% in 2015) affected by those destinations required to rebuild market confidence following tragic events.

The most visited region in the world welcomed 620 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, a 2% increase compared to the same period in 2015[1]. Read more

Fighter jets escort PIA flight

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 8 February 2017: British fighter jets on Tuesday diverted a Pakistan International Airlines flight which had been bound for London’s Heathrow airport, due to a “disruptive passenger” police said.

The Royal Air Force said its quick reaction jets were launched on Tuesday afternoon from an airfield in central England.

“The aircraft was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted airport,” an RAF spokesman said. Read more

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