Student’s death stalls tours

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 21 June 2017: The death of US student, Otto Warmbier, following his incarceration in North Korea has shaken tour operators catering to thrill seekers, with several reconsidering whether to take Americans to the reclusive state.

Warmbier, 22, died Monday after being medically evacuated to the United States, last week, suffering from severe brain damage, with US President Donald Trump blaming Pyongyang’s “brutal regime” for his plight.

Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel agency that took Warmbier to North Korea, said in a Facebook post that it would no longer allow US citizens on its trips. Read more

Sri Lankan bomb hoaxer heads for jail

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

MELBOURNE, 2 June 2017: A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday.

Passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur said they feared for their lives when the 25-year-old rushed towards the cockpit shouting that he wanted to “blow the plane up”.

“He had been released from psychiatric care (on Wednesday), and from there we believe he has purchased a ticket on this plane,” Victoria state police chief Graham Ashton told reporters. Read more