Travel News: September 4, 2017

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Disruptive Airline Passenger Fined Nearly $100K
Travel Pulse

A federal judge has ruled that a disruptive passenger who forced his flight to make an emergency landing last year must pay the airline nearly $100,000 in restitution.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, New Jersey resident James August was drunk on a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York in November 2016 when he became verbally abusive to his girlfriend, her children and other passengers on the plane.


Mexico on defensive as bookings drop after U.S. warning
Travel Weekly

Mexico’s tourism industry went into damage control mode this week as tour operators reported that bookings to the country were taking a hit following the State Department’s recent travel warning that cited increased homicide rates in the resort states of Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo.

“If you compare the rate in terms of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in any city in the world, those particular destinations are very low,” said Alfonso Sumano, international offices director for the Mexico Tourism Board.

“I’m not saying that there are no problems … but the Mexico authorities are aware of certain incidents or certain problems that they have been facing in areas close to the destinations but not affecting any tourists or people enjoying the destinations.


New Regent itinerary to take cruisers to Russian Arctic
USA Today

Looking for a cruise that can get you to a remote part of Russia? An unusual new itinerary from Regent Seven Seas Cruises fits the bill.

The Miami-based luxury line has announced plans for a voyage to the Arctic from Southampton, England that will include stops in the little-visited, far-north Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel.

The 20-day sailing on the 490-passenger Seven Seas Navigator will kick off July 25, 2019 and also include a stop in Russia’s remote Solvetsky Islands.


Airline cuts blankets and earphones on transatlantic flights as price war heats up
The Independent

Inflight blankets and earphones are the latest casualties in the transatlantic budget airline war.

One month from today, Aer Lingus will remove these frills for passengers on the cheapest fares from Dublin to North American destinations.

Passengers who purchase the Irish airline’s new “Saver“ tickets will also the lose the right to select a seat in advance and check in a bag free of charge. Only one 10kg piece of cabin baggage is allowed.

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