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Is LAX Back to Normal after Friday's Shooting?

Where: Los Angeles, CA
November 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

The emergency situation of Friday at Los Angeles International Airport is thankfully over, but while the police continue their investigation into the gunman who entered Terminal 3 and shot TSA agents (killing one), the airport itself returns to mostly normal operations.

For travelers with upcoming flights into or out of LAX, here's the latest answers on what's up at the airport:

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Dubai's Latest Tourist Attraction is an Exotic Police Car

April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Take a break from the glitz, gold, and the world’s largest building on your trip over to Dubai. Not that those aren’t all part of the overall experience over in the United Arab Emirates, but now there’s something else that’s also screaming for a snapshot. Just be sure not to get too close to this thing, as you certainly don’t want to see the inside of it.

We’re talking about the newest car in the garage over at the Dubai police department, as they just scored a pretty ridiculous cruiser. The Dubai police now possess their very own Lamborghini police car—yep, you heard us correctly. At first you were probably a little surprised to hear this over-the-top news, but then that you remembered that it’s Dubai—it makes perfect sense.

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It's Game Over for One Guy's Real-Life 'Catch Me If You Can' Adventure

Where: Italy
September 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

You’d think that with heightened security around the globe that it would be somewhat tricky just to stroll aboard an airplane dressed up like a pilot. Well we guess it’s not that challenging to do so, as it looks like someone just got away with an act straight out of Catch Me If You Can.

Over the weekend, a man in a pilot's uniform was arrested while innocently sipping coffee at Italy's Turin Airport. His not-so-innocent previous adventures included riding up front in the cockpit jumpseat of an Air Dolomiti flight, after passing as a legitimate pilot to both security screeners and apparently the cabin crew. Forged identity cards and a snazzy uniform were a couple of his keys to success, but after a run-in with local law enforcement it appears that the party is over.

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Airport Workers Steal 100,000 Very Tiny Bottles of Booze

September 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love this story so much. Not just because we love all things alcohol, travel, and alcohol travel. There's definitely that, because we do dearly adore all of those things. But it's also because the investigation which busted the alcohol-theft ring was called "Operation Last Call."

The details, such as they are, involve 18 workers at JFK who managed to steal over 100,000 of those tiny 1- and 2-ounce alcohol-filled bottles distributed on airplanes. As TIME snarked in their writeup, "that's almost 4,000 grownup-sized bottles of booze."

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Run, It's the Polizia! Or Walk. Whatever.

Where: Italy
August 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Don’t worry—we didn’t get arrested or anything, but we did think this teensy Citroën police car was pretty darn unique when we spotted outside the Vatican's Piazza San Pietro. We just wonder where the bad guys—or general troublemakers—sit when the officers decide to take the perpetrators back to the station.

Anyway, we did notice several different kinds of law enforcement—again, no fault of our own—when traveling around Italy. So we thought we’d share a quick recap of our internet research, just in case you wondered the same thing on your next trip to Rome, Venice, Florence, or Naples.

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The Latest Travel Threat is from Overheard Bin Thieves

Where: Singapore
April 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

When the boarding process is finished and you're done battling your fellow passengers for overhead bin space in the overhead bin, you probably don’t think too much about that bag above your head. Well it might be time to check on it every once in a while, as apparently there’s been attempted baggage theft on flights. It can happen anywhere travelers let their guard down, but lately international overheard bins are the target.

Over the weekend police arrested a couple people accused of trying to swipe some stuff right off a Singapore Airlines flight. In one instance, it sounds as though a passenger went up a few rows, grabbed a laptop bag, and then headed back to his seat to check out what was inside. Apparently one of the flight attendants immediately noticed what was going on and ensured the troublesome passenger stayed put until the plane landed.

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Rape at Denver International Means Think Twice About Sleeping in Airports

April 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don't cry "rape" when you pass through one of the TSA's full-body scanners, because actual airport rape does happen, and it's not something to be taken lightly. In the early morning hours yesterday, a 26-yr-old man was arrested at Denver International Airport after sexually assaulting a 22-yr-old woman who was staying in the airport through the night after missing her connection.

The two allegedly began chatting at a bistro within the airport, but when the girl excused herself, the man followed then assaulted her. It was only when two of the airport employees outside saw the assault through the windows that 911 was called and the man arrested by airport security.

This crime should immediately cause a siren to go off in the heads of solo travelers who find themselves hanging out in airports, especially after hours. Being past TSA security on the "airside" end of an airport doesn't automatically guarantee safety, and in such a place of transience, it's best to reflect on the "don't talk to strangers" lesson you learned in kindergarten.

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Man Serves Jail Time for Flipping the Bird at Dubai Airport

November 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

There’s nothing Dubai wants more than to succeed as a global vacation destination, and that’s especially true when it comes to luring western visitors out into the desert sun. Unfortunately every now and again there are reports of some extreme behavior when it comes to punishment for those that don’t live up to all the rules and standards within the Emirate.

The latest news involves a man getting sent to the slammer for doing something that several passengers probably do each day in especially aggravating airports like JFK and O’Hare. Apparently a British gentleman decided to flip the bird to an airport worker, after the airline employee refused to let him use some kind of customer service telephone.

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JetBlue Totally Unamused by the Steven Slater Slide Incident

September 1, 2010 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue CEO Dave Barger gave an interview this week to TheStreet.com, declaring that former flight attendant Steven Slater was "not a hero" and blasting Slater's chute deployment stunt as "an egregious act." The talking points fit squarely into the rest of JetBlue's post-Slater strategy, which started from the very beginning with Twitter frowny faces about all the jokes that were flying around.

The airline was wrong about the humor value of the tweets—some of the ones we rounded up at the time were objectively funny—but the rest of their reaction is reasonable. Their frustration isn't just a public show either. JetBlue's internal memos leave no room for doubt about how seriously they're taking the incident. That's what happens when you blow out a slide that has enough force to kill a person.

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Shakira Gets Fined for Shaking Her Hips in Barcelona's Famed Fountain

August 26, 2010 at 11:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

Shakira's hips might not lie, but it turns out they're still pretty offensive, at least to the authorities in Barcelona.

The Colombian pop star had a great time dancing with fans in Barcelona's famous Pla de Palau fountain last week during a break from filming the video for her next single, Loca. Later, she got onto the back of a motorcycle sans helmet and (literally) rode off into the sunset. Reportedly, the footage was to be used in a promo for the song and video.

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The Funniest Tweets about Jetblue Flight Attendant Steven 'Slip 'n Slide' Slater

August 11, 2010 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Without a doubt you've by now heard the story of Steven "Slip 'n Slide" Slater, the 39-year-old Jetblue flight attendant who on Monday, after getting into a verbal fight with an uncooperative passenger while the plane taxiied to the gate at JFK's Terminal 5, unleashed expletives over the PA, grabbed two beers, opened the emergency exit and inflated the evacuation slide and sent himself down it and made a run for home.

As it turns out, he did escape the airport with both beers, his two carry-ons (which he sent down the slide before him) and was later arrested at his home in Queens while in bed with his partner. He's now facing up to 7 years in prison.

A dramatic way to quit his job to say the least, the epic of Slater has now become an internet meme in its own right, spurring animated flicks of the event, discussions on other craziest ways to quit, and even songs. We've been most entertained by Twitter however, as the witty banter continues. Here, we've gathered up some of the funniest tweets on the topic:

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Flight Attendant Quits Job by Jumping Out on Airplane's Evacuation Slide

August 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (3)

Late-breaking (but kinda awesome) news today as NYT's City Room blog states that a Jetblue flight attendant exited his airplane at Terminal 5 at JFK via the inflatable emergency slide. Steven Slater, 39, was arrested at his home not far away in Belle Harbor, Queens. He was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

The dramatic finale wasn't a result of issues with the airline, but with an "uncooperative" passenger onboard the flight from Pittsburgh to New York. Says the NYT:

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