News and Deals: December 28, 2012 – Fit for Flight? Space Tourism Lacks Medical Standards, Tourist jailed for sex with prostitute in Dubai hotel, Delta Airlines Receives 22000 Applications for 300 Jobs and Cancellations top 2,500 as air travel chaos persists

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Fit for Flight? Space Tourism Lacks Medical Standards
Yahoo! News

The rise of space tourism is going to bring a new headache to doctors’ doors: whether or not to approve their patients for spaceflight. Worse, a new paper cautions, there is no established protocol in place to judge a person fit for making the trip.

The new study stops short of suggesting rigid regulation, saying that too much of it would hurt the space tourism industry before it even gets off the ground. Rather, the researchers encourage doctors to “consider developing a resource file for future reference.”

Lead author Marlene Grenon said her team’s recent paper in the British Medical Journal was designed to make doctors aware of potential health issues related to spaceflight. How to set medical standards, and the implications for insurance, are matters for further research, she said.

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Tourist jailed for sex with prostitute in Dubai hotel
AOL Travel UK

A tourist in Dubai has been sentenced to one year in prison for having paid sex with a prostitute at a hotel.

Gulfnews.com reports that the Saudi tourist, 32, claims he hired the woman for just a massage but was sentenced by the Dubai Court of First Instance.

The woman, 34, from Uzbekistan was jailed for three years after admitting prostitution and will be placed under police surveillance.

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Delta Airlines Receives 22000 Applications for 300 Jobs
TIME

If the latest application numbers are any indication, it’s four times harder to be hired as a flight attendant by Delta Air Lines than it is to be accepted into Harvard.

According to a report by Bloomberg,  22,000 people have now applied for 300 positions as flight attendant with the world’s second largest carrier. A job application arrived at Delta’s human resources department every two minutes for an entire week, the company’s CEO Richard

Anderson said in a recorded message to employees. The acceptance rate of 1.4% is 4.2 times lower than that of Harvard University, which itself has the lowest acceptance rate among Ivy League universities and one of the lowest in the world.

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Cancellations top 2,500 as air travel chaos persists
USA Today

The holiday air travel nightmare will continue for at least one more day.

The winter storm that has snarled flights from coast to coast this week is about to head offshore, but not before it brings wind, rain, snow and poor visibility to airports in the Northeast.

More than 620 U.S. flights have been canceled. Not all can be directly attributed to the storm, but most come at airports that have suffered the storm’s effects during the past 72 hours, according to data from flight-tracking service FlightAware.

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