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One of the most visited beaches in the world—the one made famous by the film The Beach featuring Leonardo DiCaprio—will close, indefinitely, because it needs to recover from damages caused by millions of visitors over the years.

Maya Bay, known for its incredibly blue, clear water and golden sands, surrounded by the Ko Phi Phi Leh Island cliffs, is one of Thailand’s highest volume tourist areas since it made its Hollywood debut in The Beach.

Up to 5,000 visitors and 200 boats a day would visit the relatively small beach which, over time, has caused incredible environmental damage. Authorities are now calling for a one-year minimum closure of the beach.

Tourism has caused a laundry list of issues from the pollution caused by litter, boats and sun screen to the Maya Bay coral of which only about 20% remains alive, according to estimates. However, the beach brought in a little over the equivalent of 12 million USD each year, thus authorities were reluctant to close it even though there was evidence of the grave damage for years.

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Hawaii promises a vacation paradise to travelers and has long been on the bucket list for many Americans. Hawaii, the 50th state in the Union, offers Americans a truly unique cultural experience without leaving their own country.

However, getting there is a bit of a hassle.

And considering that flying is becoming more arduous and not less, there is a vacuum in air service that might make the journey as much a paradise as the destination.

Hawaiian Airlines might not have succeeded in making the journey a paradise, however, with their new idea they might have made the often fifteen hour trip much easier for New Englanders.

Hawaiian Airlines has announced a 10 hour non-stop flight from Boston to Honolulu. The airline has dubbed this the longest domestic flight in US history. And it will be a five day a week service. Logan International and Daniel K. Inouye International Airports will now be directly connected and hopefully filled with much happier passengers.
278 seat Airbus A330 jets will start the new service on April 4th.

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British bank HSBC has done a new study which suggests that 1 in 50 airline passengers meet their one true love aboard a plane.

The study surveyed over two thousand people from almost one hundred and forty-one countries. Six thousand other travelers from places like Hong Kong, the US, the UK and UAE were quizzed about their travel tendencies.

The HSBC study revealed that over fifty percent of passengers will engage in a conversation with a stranger on a plane—so it isn’t surprising the same study suggests that 1 in 7 fliers will find a long-term friend while on board an aircraft. Sixteen percent may find a new business connection.

Here are some other unusual things the study found: 48% freaked out if another passenger removed their shoes; 65% are upset if someone is rude to an attendant; 46% listed others drinking too much as an annoyance while flying.

37% will get angry at anyone who takes up too much over head space. 32% can’t stand arm rest thieves. Falling asleep against a stranger’s shoulder has 30% of fliers on edge. Snoring gets 26% of travelers annoyed.

Remember, despite all this, you can find your true love on board a plane—just don’t steal their arm rest.

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New York City vs. Ride Hailing


Posted By on Aug 15, 2018

New York City moved to manage the unstable development of Uber and other application based ride administrations with a transitory top on new licenses for ride-hailing administrations.

The City Council endorsed a bundle of bills that incorporated a one-year ban on new licenses for-enlist vehicles while the city contemplates the quickly evolving industry. The enactment additionally will enable the city to set a lowest pay permitted by law for application based drivers.

Supporters of the recommendations said both the customary yellow taxi industry and drivers for application based administrations are enduring as Uber autos surge the city’s lanes. They said the development of ride-hailing applications has likewise compounded activity clog.

A comparable top on Uber and other auto administrations was proposed in 2015 yet did not draw in enough help to pass. City authorities said that in the mediating years the quantity of for-employ vehicles in the city has flooded from 63,000 to more than 100,000, compelling drivers to seek rare passages and making it troublesome for any of them to procure a living pay.

In the meantime, the estimation of the emblems that are required to work a yellow taxi has dove from more than $1 million to $200,000 or less, compelling numerous emblem proprietors into chapter 11. Obligation and budgetary hardship have been reprimanded for the passings of six taxi and auto benefit drivers in the most recent year.

Adversaries of the enactment said Uber and Lyft give truly necessary administration to zones outside of Manhattan that aren’t served by conventional taxicabs. They additionally said dark and Hispanic New Yorkers require ride-hailing applications since yellow taxi drivers frequently won’t stop for them.

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American Airlines said that Basic Economy trips will soon incorporate both an personal carry-on and a lightweight suitcase.

Beginning September 5, every American traveler flying in the main cabin will have a similar portable remittance, reinforcing the Basic Economy alternatives in business sectors where the charges are now accessible.

Clients benefit from American’s most minimal charges that are focused with ease bearers while as yet encountering the carrier’s sweeping system of courses and quality client benefit.

The aircraft expelled the portable suitcase confinements as a major aspect of a push to battle spending bearers that incorporate lightweight bags in their most reduced charges. The present Basic Economy passage standards will proceed through September 5.

American presently offers a normal of about 6,700 flights for each day to almost 350 goals in excess of 50 nations. They hav centers in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.

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If you’ve traveled much by air at all, you’ve surely run into unpleasant and unusual odors during a flight. However, recently, a flight was plagued by an odor so foul it was forced to make an emergency landing.

Some passengers experienced burning in their chests and throats after smell what was described as a foot like odor.
After the emergency landing, about 10 passengers (of 220) on the New York to Ft. Lauderdale Spirit Airline flight were actually transported to a near-by hospital because of their adverse reaction to the foot-like odor.

Hazmat crews were unable to find the source of the eye-watering odor.

This isn’t the only time in recent history an odor has disrupted a flight. A fight broke out on a Transavia airlines flight in February over one passenger’s gas while another passenger’s BO, on the same airline, caused some of his airborne peers to vomit.

Spirit Airlines is still investigating the smell; however, some wonder if the source of the smell got off the plane after the emergency landing!

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