2 Southwest jets bump tails at San Diego airport — Two Southwest Airlines jets simultaneously pulling out from their gates at San Diego International Airport bumped into each other’s tails Tuesday, officials said. No injuries were reported.The accident prompted officials to return the planes to their gates and take the passengers off, Southwest spokeswoman Marilee McInnis said. (LA Times)
Luggage Found Tossed In Dumpster — Nearly 100 bags of luggage were found in a Dumpster several miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Tuesday, KPRC Local 2 reported.The luggage was discovered in a Dumpster outside a pets store on the North Freeway near F.M. 1960. The store was going to use the Dumpster to get rid of debris from a recent fire. (KPRC-Houston)
Tony Blair on jet that struck lights on Miami runway — A commercial jet carrying British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his family missed a runway exit and struck some lights after landing at Miami International Airport on Tuesday. The plane was not damaged and no injures were reported, officials said.British Airways Flight 209 from London ran over a couple of airfield lights after landing around 6:15 p.m., but it did not leave the pavement and it taxied to the gate under its own power, airport spokesman Marc Henderson said. (Washington Post)
My Top Ten Worst Hotel Inventions. — The unique nature of the hospitality industry has led to a number of useful inventions; phones that dispense automatic wake-up calls, innkeeper’s liability limitations, magnifying peep holes in doors and the little flippy things that let the guest open the door two inches in complete security. Little strips of paper that say “sanitized for your protection.” But for every useful hotel innovation, there’s another one that’s so silly, tacky or just plain irritating that it deserves the Hall of Shame. (4 Hoteliers)
Rockefeller Center ice rink turns 70 — Happy 70th birthday, Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. The rink, which sits next to the famous Christmas tree in Midtown Manhattan, opened on Dec. 25, 1936, as the premiere artificial outdoor skating pond built in the city, operator Patina Restaurant Group said. It boasted amenities such as lights for
nighttime skating, a heated changing room, piped-in music and a dining area. (USA Today)
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