What Went Wrong When an American Airlines Plane Caught on Fire in Chicago

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:26
<p>An investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed that the dramatic 2016 fire of an American Airlines aircraft was caused by a rare engineering failure.</p><p>When American Airlines Flight 383 attempted to take off from Chicago O’Hare on Oct. 28, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">a failure of a metal-alloy disk in a General Electric engine</a> sparked a fire and caused an emergency evacuation of the plane on the tarmac.</p><p>The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft went up in flames at the airport, as seen in awe-inspiring photographs and videos that were widely circulated. Investigators found pieces of the engine thrown as far as a half-mile away from the aircraft.</p><p>Pilots aborted take-off when passengers and crew members spotted flames outside the window. All 161 people on the aircraft made an emergency evacuation with 20 injuries, one of them serious.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Passengers 'Lucky to Be Alive' After Plane Engine Explodes During Takeoff</a></p><p>GE said the flaw was in the nickel-metal alloy which had been used to make the disk — however the failure is extremely rare. The manufacturer said it had been nearly 30 years since the problem had been detected and this aircraft was the only plane still using a disk made from that bad batch of alloy.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Pilot Flies Under Overpass to Make Emergency Landing on California Highway</a></p><p>The rare flaw could not have been detected in inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). <a href="" target="_blank">The NTSB recommended</a> that the FAA develop new inspection guidelines to check for internal disk cracks.</p><p>In addition to the faulty engine part, the NTSB investigation called out flight attendants, who they said were not knowledgeable on how to use the intercom system to talk to pilots during the evacuation. Crew evacuated passengers behind an engine that was still running. Additionally, several passengers attempted to bring their carry-on luggage during the emergency evacuation and refused to listen to crew members’ instructions. The investigation said that <a href="" target="_blank">the evacuation was unnecessarily chaotic</a> due to lack of communication.</p>
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Watch This Woman Do a Full Yoga Routine Down the Aisle of an Airplane

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:02
<p>Having a little stretch after take-off to walk to the bathroom or just readjust yourself is common. But honestly, it’s an unspoken rule to not overdo it.</p><p>Unfortunately, there’s always that one person who doesn’t quite get the memo — like that seatmate who takes off their shoes or eats something smelly. </p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Traveler Details 'Nightmare' Airplane Encounter With Passenger's Bare Feet</a></p><p>A woman was spotted on a flight doing a full-on yoga session within the aisles of the plane. The video doesn’t show her impeding any service by the flight attendants, but she is wearing noise canceling headphones — so you have to wonder whether she’s taking other passengers’ comfort into account.</p><p>Also you have to wonder how steady her tree pose could possibly be at 30,000 feet.</p><p>Some passengers look back at the person taking the video, seemingly irritated, but it’s unclear whether they are annoyed with the person doing yoga or the person taking the video — or, likely, both.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">14 Tips for Doing Yoga on the Go</a></p><p>It’s very possible that the woman asked permission of her fellow passengers before she began her yoga session, simply as a courtesy for personal space. The video doesn’t make that clear, but we should give her the benefit of the doubt. Plus, she only did her routine for about a minute.</p><p>Doctors suggest getting up and moving during long flights to combat muscle pain, spasms, and serious issues like deep vein thrombosis, so she’s really only following doctors' orders. Still, it might be a good idea to stick to yoga on the ground for the sake of fellow passengers.</p>
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All the Places David Beckham's Been Spotted in Miami

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:59
<p>On Monday, David Beckham announced his plans to bring <a href="" target="_blank">Major League Soccer</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Miami, Florida. </a></p><p>“There were times we sat back and said ‘This is not going to happen. It’s too difficult. There are too many bumps in the road.’ But I don’t give up,” Beckham said during an event to confirm his new team’s entry into MLS in 2020.</p><p>Though many in the sports industry are <a href="" target="_blank">betting against Beckham</a> and the team, Beckham believes the new team just needs one beacon of hope.</p><p>“I think Miami needs a star,” Beckham said. “You have to realize the audience we have and Miami would expect us to bring in a star. That’s what we plan on doing.”</p><p>However, it's already become clear Miami's real star won’t be playing on the field: Beckham has stolen the spotlight just by hanging around the 305.</p><p>Paparazzi have been following Beckham’s every move in Miami, including his time eating with his eldest son Brooklyn at <a href="" target="_blank">Komodo</a>, a massive three-story restaurant featuring delicious Asian-fusion meals. </p><p>Fans and the press also caught Beckham reportedly exiting a the <a href="" target="_blank">Rockwell club</a> at 5 a.m. Plus, the father and son both seem to have had ample pool and beach time.</p><p> </p><p>The <em><a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em> got in on the Beckham action, sharing photos of the soccer stud as he tanned by a hotel pool in the Florida city. Though the name of the hotel was not released there are certainly <a href="" target="_blank">more than a few great ones</a> worthy of an A-lister like Beckham to choose from.</p><p>According to reports, Miami won’t be a permanent home for Beckham, or any member of his family for that matter. However, in a video message to their dad and husband to congratulate him on his new team, the kids express how excited they are while Victoria added, “We can’t wait to be spending more time in Miami as a family.”</p><p>So if you’re thinking of booking a hotel room in Miami soon just be warned you may be sleeping next to a few noisey Beckhams. Though really, maybe that’s not a bad thing.</p>
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Man Says He Was Bound and Beaten on an Emirates Flight for Sitting in the Wrong Seat

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:22
<p>A man from Nigeria intends to file a lawsuit against Emirates Airlines after an incident in which he says he was bound and beaten during an international flight to <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">ABC News</a></em>, 72-year-old David Ukesone, who is a retired police officer, was taking his first flight ever from Nigeria to Chicago on Jan. 23. After a layover in Dubai, Ukesone boarded his flight to his final destination, where he was given the seat 35D on Emirates flight EK 235.</p><p>Ukesone was given his visa to join his wife in Chicago, who had immigrated four months earlier, as well as his adult son and daughter.</p><p>According to Ukesone’s attorney, Howard Schaffner, who spoke to <em>ABC News</em>, Ukesone had briefly left his seat to visit the bathroom and mistakenly came back to sit in a seat that was “very close” to 35D.</p><p>“He apparently sits in the wrong seat and was told to change seats by a flight attendant. He didn't think he was in the wrong seat and there was an argument and, at some point, he was hit,” Schaffner said.</p><p>He also noted that Ukesone had no incidents during his flight from Nigeria to Dubai. Ukesone also did not attempt to upgrade himself to first class or take seats intended for the crew, according to <em>ABC News</em>.</p><p>Ukesone says he was left with marks on his <a href="" target="_blank">face, wrists, and ankles</a>, and claims the crew taped his mouth shut for the flight. He spent four days at University of Chicago Medical Center being treated for lacerations and bruising.</p><p>Schaffner told <em>ABC News</em> that the incident is similar to the incident with <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. David Dao</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">passenger who was dragged off a United flight</a> in April.</p><p>A spokesperson for Emirates commented on the incident, saying: “a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behavior during the flight. The passenger was handed over to the authorities on arrival in Chicago. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the other passengers on the flight for their understanding, in particular the individuals who had assisted our crew during the flight."</p><p>“The man did nothing more than sit in the wrong seat. Even if he's in the wrong seat you don't have to beat the guy,” Schaffner countered. </p><p>Ukesone was not charged with any crime after the incident. At the moment, Ukesone’s attorney is gathering information in pursuit of legal action.</p>
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Here's Every Stop on Kate Middleton and Prince William's Sweden and Norway Itinerary

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 08:04
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Kate Middleton and Prince William</a> have been very busy bees lately, making the rounds at different charities in the U.K., hoping to visit them all before <a href="" target="_blank">going on parental leave</a>. But, before they do, they have to finish up their <a href="" target="_blank">royal tour of Sweden and Norway</a>.</p><p>On Tuesday, the royal couple kicked off their four-day tour in <a href="" target="_blank">Stockholm, Sweden</a>. There, they met with a hockey team, where Kate actually scored a goal (<a href="" target="_blank">while several months pregnant, mind you</a>), and later attended a lunch with King Carl KVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. They were escorted to the lunch by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel.</p><img alt="Kate Middleton Prince William Royal Visit Norway Sweden Hockey Game "src=""><p>Kate and William then paid a visit to the Nobel Museum and the Ark Des, a museum dedicated to architecture and design. At the design museum Kate and Will <a href="" target="_blank">reportedly revealed</a> to Ikea’s head of design, Marcus Engman, that they have a number of the budget furniture retailer’s pieces in their children’s rooms.</p><img alt="Kate Middleton Prince William Royal Visit Norway Sweden Dinner "src=""><p>Following the museum tours, all of the royals then had what appeared to be a very glamorous dinner at the British Ambassador’s home, where Kate and William also chatted up Stefan Lofven, the country’s prime minister.</p><p>On Wednesday, Kate and William are expected to join Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel for a visit to the Karolinska Institute, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the country’s medical academic research, to learn more about the work being done for the mental health and wellbeing of children. There, they will meet with more locals.</p><p>“The Duke and Duchess have asked, as with previous overseas visits, that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Swedes and Norwegians as possible,” the palace shared in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses will meet a wide variety of people, including children and young people, those working in the mental health sector, and leaders in business, academia and scientific research, government, civil society and the creative industries.”</p><p>The royal foursome then headed to Matteusskolan, a comprehensive school in Stockholm, to meet with more young people.</p><p>At night The Duke and Duchess attended an event at the Fotografiska Gallery in honor of the country’s contemporary culture, and Kate turned heads in a statement Erdem gown.</p><p>On Wednesday, Kate and William headed to <a href="" target="_blank">Norway</a> to stay at the Royal Palace at the invitation of King Harald and Queen Sonja.</p><p>While in Norway, the pair will visit <a href="" target="_blank">Oslo</a>’s historic Arkershus Fortress and meet with Norwegian Air Force members. The royals will then head off to meet with more members of the community, including entrepreneurs and business people at an event held at MESH, a local co-working space.</p><p>On Thursday, the final day of their tour, the royals will meet with students at the Hartvig Nissen School. Afterward, Kate and William will travel to Skaugum, the official residence of The Crown Prince and Princess of Norway, for a private lunch.</p><p>Finally, the pair will end their tour by visiting Holmenkollen, a snowy hillside community that overlooks Oslo. There, they will learn more about winter sports in the area, see the ski jumps, and visit the local ski museum.</p><p>From there, they will head to the airport, hop on a plane, and undoubtedly kick up their feet once they’re home for a quiet evening with their two children. Hey, they’ve earned it.</p>
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Police Arrested a Family in Spain and Found 8,000 Pounds of Oranges Stuffed in Their Cars

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:12
<p>When police in <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> noticed some suspicious driving, a short car chase ended with five robbery arrests and a ton of oranges. Well, four tons to be exact.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to CNN</a>, police in <a href="" target="_blank">Seville</a> recovered over 8,000 pounds of oranges from three cars, which the suspects claimed were for personal consumption.</p><p>Once apprehended, <a href="" target="_blank">local outlets reported</a>, the suspects said they were "coming from very far away and had been stopping and collecting oranges along the way."</p><p>They lacked the proper permits, however, to be carrying that much fruit.</p><p>Another knock against their case was a robbery report from a few hours earlier. In the nearby town of Carmona, authorities were notified that a shipment of oranges had gone missing.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">police arrested the five travelers</a> — a couple and their three sons — for theft, and the investigation remains ongoing.</p><p>While a car overflowing with fruit may seem comical, this is a surprisingly common crime in Spain. <a href="" target="_blank">ABC notes</a> that when prices for the fruit rise, so do instances of similar robbery cases.</p>
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