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Insulting Wimbledon tradition to be scrapped

<p>The All England Lawn Tennis Club will reportedly replace its Wimbledon honour boards ahead of the 2022 grand slam tournament.</p> <p>Titles before the names of its female champions will be withdrawn.</p> <p>Honorifics in front of female winners will be removed next month to “move with the times”, while the process of married women taking the initials and surnames of their husbands will also be updated.</p> <p>Since the tournament began in 1884, female champions had titles “Miss” and “Mrs” in front of their names, while the men didn’t. For example, former world No. 1 Ash Barty is currently immortalised as “Miss A Barty”, while 20-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic reads “N Djokovic”.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the name of Australian tennis legend Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who won Wimbledon in 1980, is written “Mrs R Cawley” because her husband’s name is Roger.</p> <p>As sports reporter Paul Dennett wrote last year: “Surely Wimbledon must do away with such outdated and insulting styling".</p> <p>“It is time to rewrite the honours board. Remove all the anachronistic instances of ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ and get rid of the initials of female players’ husbands. ‘Miss. R. Cawley’ should be ‘Evonne Goolagong-Cawley’ and ‘Miss. J.M. Lloyd’ should be ‘Chris Evert’.”</p> <p>In 2019, Wimbledon stopped using terms “Miss” and “Mrs” when announcing the names of players during matches, a move that “surprised” Djokovic.</p> <p>“I thought that tradition was very unique and very special; I thought it was nice,” the Serbian said at the time.</p> <p>“It’s definitely not easy to alter or change any traditions here that have been present for many years. It’s quite surprising that they’ve done that.”</p> <p>The move comes after Wimbledon, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis event, was stripped of ranking points by the sport’s main tours in response to the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, following the invasion of Ukraine. This essentially reduced Wimbledon to the status of a high-profile exhibition event.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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“Worst food ever”: Man slams inflight sandwich with sky-high price

<p dir="ltr">A man who paid for a sandwich on a plane has called out the airline for the “worst food ever”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Alex was on an easyJet flight from Paris to London Gatwick when he ordered the $9.80 Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Baguette for his trip. </p> <p dir="ltr">The image on the flight’s menu showed a delicious looking seeded baguette, filled with dozens of pieces of zucchini and red capsicums on a thick layer of hummus. </p> <p dir="ltr">He was however shocked when the stewardess served him the sandwich which had only a handful of vegetables in the middle of the bread. </p> <p dir="ltr">Alex shared a video of the sandwich with the caption: “Is this the worst airline food and advertising you’ve ever seen? I then sent the sandwich back, and got me a new one. Is this any better?</p> <p dir="ltr">“A crew member then told me, ‘You know, the food and the picture are not the same. We were given three minutes to eat before landing, and never got our water.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A spokesperson for the airline said they were aware of the footage and were investigating the incident.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re aware of this footage and will be looking into this with our in-flight retail supplier as it appears that the item served falls short of the high standards we expect from our in-flight food and drink range for our customers,” they said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We will be in touch with the customer to apologise for their experience and provide a gesture of goodwill.”</p>

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Florida man with no flying experience lands plane

<p dir="ltr">A passenger on a small plane has kept his cool after the pilot collapsed at the controls, forcing him to take over and land the plane with zero flying experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Darren Harrison told NBC’s <em>Today </em>show that he had been relaxing in the back of the single-engine Cessna on his return from a fishing trip in the Bahamas when the pilot told him and another passenger: “Guys, I gotta tell you I don’t feel good”.</p> <p dir="ltr"> “He said, ‘I’ve got a headache and I’m fuzzy and I just don’t feel right’,” the 39-year-old Florida man said. “And I said, ‘What do we need to do?’ and, at that point, he didn’t respond at all.”</p> <p dir="ltr">After climbing into the cockpit, Mr Harrison discovered the unconscious pilot and that the plane was diving fast.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All I saw when I came up to the front was water out the right window and I knew it was coming quick. At that point, I knew if I didn’t react, that we would die,” he recalled.</p> <p dir="ltr">The flooring salesman then reached over the pilot, grabbed the controls, and slowly pulled back the stick to level the plane, which he said was simply common sense.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I knew if I went up and yanked that, the airplane would stall,” he explained. “And I also knew that at the rate we were going, we were going way too fast, and it would probably rip the wings off of the airplane.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-c62cb2da-7fff-bea4-3d9f-2b3d2e801c49"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">He said that thought was “the scariest part of the whole story”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">What if your pilot became ill and you had to fly the plane? That’s what happened over the ocean, 25 miles from <a href="https://twitter.com/flyPBI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@flyPBI</a>. Air traffic controllers sprang to action and calmly guided a passenger to land safely. Read about the miracle at 7,000 ft on our blog <a href="https://t.co/4Hn7JzNKN5">https://t.co/4Hn7JzNKN5</a>. <a href="https://t.co/2KPhpmqG2S">pic.twitter.com/2KPhpmqG2S</a></p> <p>— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FAANews/status/1524498223749996544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 11, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The other pilot - who he said was a friend of the pilot - helped him move the pilot out of the seat so that Mr Harrison could take his place.</p> <p dir="ltr">But, when he put on the headset, he realised the wires were frayed and the plug was gone and took the headset from the other passenger.</p> <p dir="ltr">He reached out to an air traffic controller in Florida but, when asked if knew the plane’s position, said the GPS was out so he had no idea.</p> <p dir="ltr">The air traffic controller then asked what he could see, with Mr Harrison telling him: “I see the state of Florida and I see a small airport”.</p> <p dir="ltr">He recalled refusing to let fear set in at that moment, with the knowledge that landing the plane was his only choice.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I was flying and saw the state of Florida, at that second I knew I’m going to land there,” he said. “I don’t know what the outcome’s going to be, I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but I knew I’m going to have to land this airplane because there’s no other option.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Harrison said he had to get home to his wife, Britney, who was seven months pregnant with their first child.</p> <p dir="ltr">“People said what if you had crashed and died? You could have at least called her, you could have reached out to her, you had time,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In my mind I knew I wasn’t going to die, and the thought never crossed my mind to call and tell my wife, ‘bye’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">With the help of air traffic controller Robert Morgan, Mr Harrison safely landed the plane at Palm Beach International Airport.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I said thank you for everything and threw the headset on the dash and I said the biggest prayer I’ve ever said in my life,” he recalled.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That’s when all the emotion set in.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Harrison recalled offering a “thankful prayer for the safety and everything that had happened”, with the strongest part of the prayer going to the “guy in the back because I knew it was not a good situation”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pilot was taken to hospital and is expected to be released this week, according to Mr Harrison.</p> <p dir="ltr">After landing, Mr Harrison then called his wife, who wasn’t expecting to hear from him so early. </p> <p dir="ltr">Britney said that last year, her brother-in-law died when her sister was six months pregnant, “so honestly, I took a deep breath and prepared myself for it not to be him on the other line”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I told myself, ‘God we can’t do this again’. I don’t think I could do it again. And thankfully we didn’t have to.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-90e94bda-7fff-da91-15ca-51df9cd7280f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Queensland couple mistakenly charged $15k for flights to Melbourne

<p dir="ltr">A couple looking forward to going on their much needed holiday have been instead wrongly charged $15,000.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Dennis and Pat Amor from Queensland were organising a trip to Melbourne to visit some family after two years of no flights thanks to the pandemic. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair called Qantas to help book the tickets and provided their credit card details – but were instead informed that their booking was rejected.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Pat however revealed that their booking was in fact not rejected and that the Qantas staff member had instead processed it 15 times. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It's never declined and she apparently tried to push it over and over again,” she told <a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/queensland-couple-15000-dollar-qantas-bill-booking-error/b9dcb551-90d3-437c-8ed0-e36117cdd0a7" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A Current Affair</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr">The horrified couple had to check with Mastercard to see what the issue was and were shocked to find they were charged 15 times for the flights.</p> <p dir="ltr">"They just said there was a bill of $15,000 on the card, being 15 transactions had gone through, so we were really flummoxed," Pat revealed. </p> <p dir="ltr">They tried to get in touch with Qantas once again and time after time were unable to get through.</p> <p dir="ltr">Eventually, a staff member got in touch who said they would sort it out with the finance team and call them later that day. They didn’t. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mastercard however has since returned $11,000 of the couple’s money – but at the time of writing, $4,000 remains outstanding. </p> <p dir="ltr">Qantas claims that the issue is with the Amor’s credit card and not with them, which Mastercard has refuted. </p> <p dir="ltr">To top it off, the upset couple were told they could not fly Qantas until the matter was resolved and were required to use leftover credit from Jetstar to book their tickets. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It doesn't seem fair to us. We are frustrated. We are angry."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: A Current Affair</em></p>

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Aquaman in hot water after disrespecting artworks

<p dir="ltr">Jason Mamoa has landed himself in hot water after taking photos inside Apostolic Palace.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Aquaman</em> star shared several photographs of himself and others inside the Palace on Instagram with the caption: I LOVE YOU ITALY what a beautiful start to our day off enjoying ROMA.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 42-year-old however was called out by fans who claimed he was given special treatment by being allowed to take photos.</p> <p dir="ltr">Photographs are banned inside the Apostolic Palace because the flash from cameras can harm and destroy the beautiful artworks. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Omg of course they let you take pictures (I thought it wasn’t allowed for preservation purposes),” someone commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You cannot touch any of our masterpieces!!!” another exclaimed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine Chapel,” another added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We can’t take pics but ofc  celebrities can. Nothing against Jason (I adore him) but it’s not fair,” someone else commented.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdVJaeLOv4y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdVJaeLOv4y/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Jason Momoa (@prideofgypsies)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I thought it was forbidden to take pictures at the Sistine Chapel. It WAS two weeks ago, when we visited. So disrespectful,” someone else wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wow! You got a private viewing of the Vatican AND you were allowed to take pictures?!” another pointed out.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mamoa has since issued a video in which he apologised for disrespecting the historic artwork and culture. He however has not removed the photos off Instagram. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I just also wanted to say, if you ever felt that I disrespected your culture, it wasn’t my intention,” Momoa said in the video shared by <a href="https://www.justjared.com/2022/05/14/jason-momoa-apologizes-to-fans-offended-by-his-sistine-chapel-visit-exclusive-video/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Just Jared</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I came here when I was 19 or 20 to experience the Sistine Chapel. I’ve always wanted to and now that I can, I gave a wonderful donation to bring my friends and crew because we only had a couple days off to experience these places.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And then I found people wanted to take pictures with me, which is very odd, during a trip to the Vatican with all this wonder and they want to take pictures with me, which I don’t get, but regardless, I did.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was very respectful and I asked for permission from what I thought, would be okay. I would never want to do anything to disrespect someone’s culture. If I did, I apologise. It was not my intention. I paid to have that private moment and gave a nice donation to the church. I love you. I’m sorry if I offended you.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Motorists "gobsmacked" by confusing fines that are about to DOUBLE

<p>Transport officials in Queensland have warned residents to be on high alert as the installation of new high tech cameras has seen tens of thousands of fines issued in just a few months. </p> <p>The infrared cameras, which detect both mobile phone and seatbelt offences, were launched in Queensland in July last year. </p> <p>For their first three months of use, the cameras generated warnings to motorists doing the wrong thing. </p> <p>Since November, the cameras have been issuing fines, catching more than 75,000 people in just six months.</p> <p>Annabelle Brett was shocked when she received a fine in the mail, thinking she had been caught for speeding. </p> <p>"But when I saw that it was a seatbelt fine I was pretty gobsmacked," Brett told <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p>Annabelle claims she always wears her seatbelt and was confused by the $400 fine. </p> <p>"If you are driving over 60 kilometres an hour, in my car and most modern cars nowadays anyway, it (the seatbelt alarm) goes mental. Like it's beeping the whole time," she said.</p> <p>After posting about her fine online, the Queensland resident was inundated with messages from other drivers who had received similar fines. </p> <p>One of those people was Antony Tseng, who was also caught on the new seatbelt cameras.</p> <p>"I thought initially, that's impossible, because I always wear my seatbelt. I drive a Tesla which is quite savvy in terms of technology; it would have obviously let me know," Tseng said.</p> <p>Andrew Mahon from Transport and Main Roads Queensland said the cameras rarely get it wrong.</p> <p>"The technology is exceptional, the image quality is very high quality and we can always determine whether or not an offence has occurred," Mahon said.</p> <p>Of the 75,000 fines handed out in the past six months, 20,000 have been for seatbelt offences.</p> <p>Currently the fine for not wearing a seatbelt, or not wearing it correctly is $413, but it will go up to $1078 from July 1st.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Woman travelling solo shares tips on staying safe

<p dir="ltr">A very clever young woman has shared the important tips she uses to stay safe whenever she is travelling overseas alone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to TikTok, the woman shared the “six lies and tips” she uses against people who approach her when she is travelling solo on a holiday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The first lie is to tell people that she is in fact FROM the country she is visiting, and that her family lives there.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another is saying that her brother is in the room and is keeping an eye out on her.</p> <p dir="ltr">The woman suggested speaking primarily in the language of the country she is in to appear fluent and a local.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also says that she has “been here multiple times” to again make it appear she is a local, or otherwise she might say that she is on business with her coworkers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her final tip was to put a wedding ring on her finger to make it appear that she is married. </p> <p dir="ltr">The video received more than 2.4 million views with many commending the woman for her stance, while also sharing their own clever tips.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I never answer questions, I just stay there awkwardly, silent or yes-no. People aren't entitled to my time,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Also when someone says how long are you staying here? (ie hotel, town etc) I always say ‘a few more days’ – never tell people when you are leaving,” another suggested.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I've travelled alone and used some of these as well. It's a shame that women feel we have to do this for our safety,” someone else commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kind of sad that we women still can’t travel safely without worrying for our safety,” another added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So sad we have to still do this... but smart advice!!” another said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Passenger arrested after doing the unthinkable

<p dir="ltr">A plane full of passengers have been left in shock after a man randomly got up and jumped out the emergency exit.</p> <p dir="ltr">The man was on board a United Airlines flight which just landed on the tarmac at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, USA on May 5 when he opened the emergency exit door and walked out on the plane’s wings.</p> <p dir="ltr">The plane was still moving, making its way to the gate for passengers to get off safely when the man did the unthinkable. </p> <p dir="ltr">"I think everybody on the plane was just surprised and kind of shocked. As he was going out, I heard everybody yelling, 'No, no, no!' and he went out the exit door and onto the wing," witness Mary Ellen told WGN TV.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Even the stewardess came back and said, 'What just happened?' And you could see the open door to the plane and we weren't even to the gate yet."</p> <p dir="ltr">The man had managed to slide down the wing and onto the runway and was luckily unharmed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police were however called and they arrested the man with charges yet to be laid.</p> <p dir="ltr">"This morning United flight 2478 was taxiing toward the gate at Chicago O'Hare when a passenger opened an aircraft door and exited the plane,” United Airlines said in a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Our ground crew stopped the individual outside of the aircraft, and the person is now with law enforcement. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The plane then arrived at the gate and all passengers deplaned safely. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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James Cromwell glues hand to Starbucks counter in support of animal rights

<p dir="ltr"><em>Babe</em> actor James Cromwell caused quite a stir in a Starbucks after gluing his hand to the counter in support of animal rights.</p> <p dir="ltr">The popular coffee chain recently announced an extra charge for plant based milk which has infuriated the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.</p> <p dir="ltr">Activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organised the protest, with Cromwell taking the lead and gluing himself to the counter, calling for the surcharge to be removed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Non-dairy products all over the world…France, they give these things away. There’s no charge for it. Here, there’s an exorbitant charge,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Why, when it’s so important now to address climate change and to understand the violence to animals to go on to make dairy products that are served here? There’s no reason for it except greed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Police were called to the Starbucks asking the protestors to leave which they did with no arrests made.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement, Starbucks explained how customers are also slugged a surcharge when ordering other non-dairy milk with their orders.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Customers can customise any beverage on the menu with a non-dairy milk, including soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk for an additional cost (similar to other beverage customisations such as an additional espresso shot or syrup)," the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Pricing varies market by market."</p> <p dir="ltr">Police were eventually called to the Starbucks and asked the protestors to leave with no arrests made.</p> <p dir="ltr">Watch the video <a href="https://www.facebook.com/official.peta/videos/2237669893078098" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Popular pilot explains why turbulence is no big deal

<p dir="ltr">A young, mustachioed pilot has taken the time to explain why you should NOT be overly worried about turbulence while flying to your much-needed holiday (or boring business trip, during which turbulence can almost be viewed as a highlight, let’s be honest). </p> <p dir="ltr">John, a commercial pilot, joined his roommate in a video recently that went viral, during which she spoke about the awful turbulence she had experienced on a recent flight.</p> <p dir="ltr">She then decided to share with her viewers how turbulence is in fact not such a big deal – with the help of John.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Turbulence is not dangerous," John begins his explanation.</p> <p dir="ltr">"There's never been a report of a plane going down because of turbulence.</p> <p dir="ltr">"There can be sometimes people getting injured inside the plane if they are not properly seatbelted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But other than that planes go through such difficult tests to be certified to fly. They bend the wings up to at least 90 degrees to make sure it won’t snap.”</p> <p dir="ltr">John proceeded to share a video of wing testing on an airbus where the wings were, in fact, bent up to 90 degrees. </p> <p dir="ltr">Viewers thanked John for sharing the vital piece of information with one confirming his comments.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Just to add to that, I'm an aircraft engineer and can confirm this is true! When building an aircraft we have to be sure it can handle stresses,” they wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Turbulence counts in this! So we always make sure the aircraft will be safe to fly, otherwise, we won't let it fly.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Why you don’t want to see “SSSS” on your boarding pass

<p dir="ltr">A man has explained what happens at the airport when “SSSS” is stamped on a boarding pass.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stewart Jackson, from London attempted to check-in online for his New York bound flight to see his girlfriend.</p> <p dir="ltr">After several attempts, Stewart decided it would be okay if he went to the airport early and check-in there.</p> <p dir="ltr">While lining up, the stewardess asked passengers whether they had all their information ready to which he informed her that he was unable to complete his check-in.</p> <p dir="ltr">She took him to the side and checked his boarding pass before informing him that he was randomly selected for additional security screening. </p> <p dir="ltr">The code SSSS stands for “Secondary Security Screening Selection” and is usually done on inbound flights to the USA. </p> <p dir="ltr">“She assured me this was nothing to worry about and was purely random. It would be a search at the London end of the journey before boarding and not in New York as I’d initially feared,” Stewart said. </p> <p dir="ltr">When the screening takes place, an officer will look at the luggage, the passenger will be patted down, a swab for explosives will be conducted in the bags as well. </p> <p dir="ltr">The passenger may be asked to provide further identification and explain the reasoning for their travels.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This all happened in the waiting area before we actually boarded, so it didn’t delay me getting on the plane.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Brazil’s president fires back at Leo DiCaprio

<p dir="ltr">Climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been slammed by Brazil’s leader following his series of tweets regarding the burning of the Amazon rainforest.</p> <p dir="ltr">The actor called for Brazilians to enroll in the upcoming election to help protect the Amazon rainforest.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change,” DiCaprio wrote last week. </p> <p dir="ltr">“What happens there matters to us all, and youth voting is key in driving change for a healthy planet.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro did not appreciate DiCaprio’s comments stating that agribusiness was helping put food on the table for millions.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Now, DiCaprio has to know that it was the very president of the World Trade Organisation who said that without Brazilian agribusiness, the world would be hungry,” Bolsonaro said according to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/brazilian-president-swipes-leonardo-dicaprio-after-recent-comments-on-the-amazon-rainforest/news-story/902ddfdbf4c6f31420ee30d85deea07d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So, DiCaprio better keep his mouth shut instead of talking nonsense.”</p> <p dir="ltr">He also accused the actor of tweeting misinformation about the wildfires that occurred in the Amazon rainforest.</p> <p dir="ltr">“By the way, the picture you posted to talk about the wildfires in the Amazon in 2019 is from 2003,” Bolsonaro continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There are people who want to arrest Brazilian citizens who make this kind of mistake here in our country. But I’m against this tyrannical idea. So I forgive you. Hugs from Brazil!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bolsonaro also thanked DiCaprio for his support in encouraging citizens to vote but reiterated that it's up to the citizens to decide on what they want to do.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thanks for your support, Leo! It‘s really important to have every Brazilian voting in the coming elections,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our people will decide if they want to keep our sovereignty on the Amazon or be ruled by crooks who serve special foreign interests. Good job in The Revenant.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Desperate mum offers $1000 for help with kids on a flight

<p dir="ltr">A desperate mother-of-three has offered to pay someone to help look after her children on a long-haul flight.</p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to Facebook, the woman offered $1,000 to help with her four-year-old, two-year-old, and two-month-old on their Malaysia Airlines flight from London to Sydney on June 12.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Anyone heading from London to Sydney who wants to make $1,000??” her post began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Offering to pay this to someone if you book onto my flight and help me with my 3 children please. Read on for details.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ll be travelling alone with my 3 children so I really need someone to help me. Hoping there is someone out there doing this trip anyway so would already be paying for a flight, which makes this a bonus if you don’t mind helping with little ones. </p> <p dir="ltr">The mother also explained in the post what the helping hand would be required to do on the 23.5 hour long flight.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Type of things you might be helping with: holding the baby so I can help the older girls, helping the 4 year old and 2 year old with their meals, keeping 4 year old and 2 year old entertained - puzzles, books, get their tvs and headphones sorted etc.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Also maybe have the baby in the baby carrier for a nap so I can help the older girls/ give them attention.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In an attempt to entice someone to take the position, the woman explained that it would basically cost around $42 an hour - despite not expecting them to help the full 24 hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Whenever the older girls are asleep you wouldn’t need to do anything and even when they’re awake I am happy for them to watch as much tv as they like so all you might need to do then is make sure headphones don’t fall off, put on the next movie etc. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I will also do as much as I can, but I’ll have the baby to look after as well.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She explained that her eldest daughters had recently been on a long flight but this time she has a newborn baby and her husband won’t be joining them.</p> <p dir="ltr">The mother received messages of good luck and support from members of the local group.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Good luck mama!I know it is very hard work and I can’t imagine with 3 kids but if it helps I am sure the flight attendants will do their best to help out. I flew alone with my baby (4 months) to France and they were super lovely. They held my daughter while I had go to the bathroom, played and even took photos with her. Hopefully you find someone but I am sure people will help on the plane xx,” one wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Hope you find someone lovely to help. Have a great trip,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m sure the universe will send you the right person on that flight. Best of luck and don’t stress. Call Malaysia Airline and see if they offer help I’m sure they do!!” another added.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Incredible scenes of panic after US tourists pack unexploded shell as souvenir

<p dir="ltr">Chaos erupted at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv after a family of American tourists tried to take an unexploded ordnance through airport security.</p> <p dir="ltr">The tourists found the shell while travelling in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to a statement from Israel Airport Authorities, before declaring the shell to airport security when they arrived at the luggage drop-off.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-45f26c85-7fff-b14f-02be-70492e6eb6b0"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Video footage of travellers running for safety or cowering on the ground after staff announced the evacuation quickly spread on social media, garnering hundreds of thousands of views.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Chaos at Ben Gurion Airport in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Israel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Israel</a> Israel after an American family on holiday attempted to check in an unexploded shell they found while visiting the occupied Golan Heights <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MiddleEastEye?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MiddleEastEye</a> <a href="https://t.co/5qsqnK23wM">pic.twitter.com/5qsqnK23wM</a></p> <p>— Randa HABIB (@RandaHabib) <a href="https://twitter.com/RandaHabib/status/1520466409456873473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 30, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Though the shell didn’t explode, one person was reportedly injured and hospitalised after he attempted to run along a luggage conveyor belt.</p> <p dir="ltr">The family told agents that one of their children made the discovery while they were sightseeing in the Golan Heights - an area 150 kilometres northeast of Jerusalem which was annexed from Syria in 1967.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to local media, the family said they were taking it home as a souvenir and were unaware of just how dangerous it was.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-42acd8ed-7fff-c9a8-56a5-bd2ab374fc15"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">After the family was questioned by security officials, the evacuation was cancelled and they were allowed to board their flight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">⚠️A huge panic broke out at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport/TLV (Israel)🇮🇱 after one American family had an unexploded bomb packed in their luggage which they wanted to take home as a "souvenir"🙈. The bomb was found by child while visiting the Golan Heights🇮🇱 <a href="https://t.co/sPX3h8NEEc">https://t.co/sPX3h8NEEc</a> <a href="https://t.co/j74k6EhXzB">pic.twitter.com/j74k6EhXzB</a></p> <p>— Tomáš Semrád (@Tomas40916602) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tomas40916602/status/1520848958536441863?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 1, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Israel Airport Authorities have said the incident is “currently under operational investigation”, as reported by <em><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/israel-airport-unexploded-shell-american-tourists/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CNN</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The discovery of the ordnance comes as mine-clearing operations continue along the borders of Israel, Syria, and Lebanon, as the Israeli government works to promote tourism and population growth in the Golan area, per <em><a href="https://www.traveller.com.au/chaos-at-israels-ben-gurion-airport-after-us-tourists-pack-unexploded-shell-as-souvenir-h23h6u" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Traveller</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the family were lucky enough to not set the shell off, unexploded ordnances are particularly dangerous because they can still be detonated, with the Australian Government’s Department of Defence <a href="https://defence.gov.au/UXO/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">website</a> urging anyone who finds one to contact police and avoid disturbing it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b7c4f6e8-7fff-e125-a005-c8d16045f024"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Australian passport plummets to the bottom tier

<p dir="ltr">Australia’s passport has given a remarkably low score, making it one of the least valuable in the world. </p> <p dir="ltr">An analysis by travel website ParkSleepFly looked at the best and worst value for money passports, with the focus placed on the overall cost of the document compared to the freedom of movement it provides.</p> <p dir="ltr">The final result gave Australia's passport a ranking of 43 out of 48 countries - the sixth-worst value for money passport with a passport value score of only 2.56/10.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other countries that unexpectedly ranked higher than Australia included Romania (2.77) and the  Caribbean island Barbados (2.66).</p> <p dir="ltr">Australia did however come in the top 10 for the equal best mobility score, in which passport holders are able to travel to 103 countries visa-free and 53 countries where a visa is required on arrival.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other countries that scored worse than Australia are: Lichtenstein (1.06), San Marino (1.92), Mexico (1.92), Canada (2.13) and Chile (2.13).</p> <p dir="ltr">New Zealand’s passport did a lot better than Australia’s after being given a ranking of 29 out of the 48 countries. </p> <p dir="ltr">The world’s top 10 best value passports are:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">United Arab Emirates</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Sweden</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">South Korea</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Spain</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Luxembourg</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Hungary</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Slovakia</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Austria</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Latvia</p> </li> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">Germany</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Check before you fly: Woman warns others after tiny passport detail causes nightmare

<p dir="ltr">An Aussie woman has issued a warning to fellow travellers after a tiny detail on her passport stopped her from moving to New Zealand and made for an upsetting and expensive experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lindsey Gray planned to relocate from Sydney in March with her partner and one-year-old son, who are already New Zealand citizens.</p> <p dir="ltr">After months of waiting for a travel permit, Ms Gray was finally allowed to move - but she only made it to Sydney’s international airport before the problems started.</p> <p dir="ltr">Immigration officials noticed that a couple of pages in Ms Gray’s passport had some minor damage that prevented her from boarding the plane.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/tiny-passport-detail-sees-family-denied-from-overseas-move-081850947.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yahoo News</a></em>, Ms Gray said her young toddler must have found her passport and chewed the edges at some point during the chaos of moving country.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When [New Zealand immigration officials] saw the nibble on my passport, they were 100 percent unimpressed,” she told the outlet.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They told me it could have been tampered with and therefore I would not be allowed to travel.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She explained that since New Zealand borders were closed at the time, her passport had to be checked over by an immigration official “rather than just scanned by the Qantas staff”, and that’s when the damage was noticed.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3fa31951-7fff-86c6-8162-f1075542ade0"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">After rushing to secure an emergency appointment to obtain a new passport - costing a hefty $533 - and undergoing more Covid testing, Ms Gray and her family were able to book new flights and fly out the next day.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/04/nz21.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="431" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Lindsey Gray, her partner Matt, and her son Douglas successfully made the move to New Zealand. Image: Yahoo News</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The Aussie mum praised Qantas staff and the passport office staff for their compassion while helping with her case, but said the experience was still incredibly upsetting.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We had our house on the market and all our possessions already shipped to New Zealand and therefore we were effectively homeless in Australia,” she told Yahoo News.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Gray also joked that as a result of the experience, “my puffy, distressed, cry-face is now my passport image for the next 10 years”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The story is immortalised and commemorated in this way,” she added.</p> <p dir="ltr">She warned other “out-of-practice travellers” to take care of their passports to avoid having the same experience as her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Please don’t get the photo page of your passport damaged in any way, people,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Big lesson for out-of-practice travellers here - check that puppy for damage before flying.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4beb5f93-7fff-bad4-fe66-eb12d1e05cb6"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Yahoo News</em></p>

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Woman kicked off flight for “offensive” pants

<p dir="ltr">A DJ who was kicked off a flight for her “inappropriate” and “offensive” pants has claimed she was “humiliated” in front of everyone. </p> <p dir="ltr">South Korean DJ Hwang So-hee, also known as DJ Soda, was on a flight from JFK to LAX with American Airlines on April 25 when she was kicked off. </p> <p dir="ltr">She was left fuming over her treatment and took to Twitter to document the ordeal to her 127,000 followers.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I GOT KICKED OFF FROM  @AmericanAir flight and they harassed me to take off my sponsored @RIPNDIP 'F**K YOU' sweatpants in front of people to board again,” she began. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Yesterday coming back from JFK to LAX with American Airlines, I was harassed and humiliated. I was forced out of the plane and was harassed to take off my pants in front of the flight crews at the gate.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have never had an issue with wearing this pair of pants before in my many months of touring in North America and they did not have any problem with me wearing it at the time of check-in nor when I sat down at my seat.”</p> <p dir="ltr">DJ Soda claims she was approached by a staff member who told her to pack up her things and that she would not be boarding the flight.</p> <p dir="ltr">They then made comments about her pants calling them “inappropriate” and “offensive” and that she would have the next flight.</p> <p dir="ltr">She explained that she could not afford to miss the flight due to a very important meeting.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I GOT KICKED OFF FROM <a href="https://twitter.com/AmericanAir?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AmericanAir</a> flight and they harassed me to take off my sponsored <a href="https://twitter.com/RIPNDIP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RIPNDIP</a> 'F**K YOU' sweatpants in front of people to board again. <a href="https://t.co/YU0TrhZjry">pic.twitter.com/YU0TrhZjry</a></p> <p>— djsoda (@dj_soda_) <a href="https://twitter.com/dj_soda_/status/1518850282490187776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I pleaded to stay on the flight but was ignored by the staff and the flight attendants. I even offered to get changed but the request was denied. What happened next was horrendous,” DJ Soda continued. </p> <p dir="ltr">“With my broken fingers, I hardly ended up taking off my pants in front of the whole crew and standing half-naked while they still refused to board me on the flight. They even sarcastically commented that I could have taken off my pants earlier.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When they finally let me enter, I put my pants inside out and finally sat down after an hour of delay causing inconvenience to the members of the flights on board.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was mortified and trembling in fear for the next 6 hours on my flight back to LA. In my 8 years of touring, I have never experienced or been treated unfairly, especially in a country that is known for its freedom of speech and individuality.</p> <p dir="ltr">“From now on, I will be boycotting @AmericanAir and hope this NEVER happens to anyone ever again.”</p> <p dir="ltr">DJ Soda was called out by fans who said she was in the wrong, especially since it’s common knowledge to dress appropriately on flights.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Maybe other airlines didn't previously notice; but it is common knowledge that most major airlines have dress policies that prohibit profanity and vulgarity on their flights. They have every right to protect their customers' values. Sorry. No sympathy here.” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That's what you get for dressing inappropriately on an airliner, you're on their plane, their rules. You can fly with Delta, United, Southwest or even pulling TWA back from the grave and they would still kick you out,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As well you SHOULD!  It's rude, offensive, and children can READ TOO!! But some of us adults don't want to see or hear it either! America might be the land of the free, but it doesn't mean we don't have some rules. Abide by them or leave!” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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