What we’re reading: UAL flight returns to gate at LAX, Six Flags over Nigeria, investors consider buying casino debts

by Stephanus Surjaputra on September 29, 2009

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Two Men Removed From LA-NY Flight

A United Airlines flight from LAX to JFK returned to the gate after a man got up to use the restroom as the plane was taxiing to the runway. The man refused orders by the flight attendants to return to his seat.

The man was taken off the aircraft on Monday morning and passengers were removed while authorities searched the plane.

LAX police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb said nothing was found on the plane, nor in the baggage of the man and his companion.


Six Flags considering new theme park location – in Nigeria

Six Flags is working on opening its 22nd park in Nigeria.

The 250 acre Nigerian Six Flags is going to be built in Calabar, a city on the southeastern border, about 1000 miles from the nations capital.

If the park does indeed become a reality, it’ll be the first theme park in Nigeria, and the first Six Flags park outside the US, Mexico and Canada.

Gadling’s Scott Carmichael does make a few interesting points. Six Flags is in bankruptcy protection. Are they hoping the expansion will help them recover? How did Nigeria get on the company’s radar?

Perhaps they emailed them out of the blue and told them the story of their previous president who had left them $250 million in a secret bank account, that could only be accessed if someone built them a roller coaster? (I kid, I kid!).

Downturn lights a path to casino control

With the recession hitting hard in Las Vegas, investment firms are hoping to snap up casinos for cents on the dollar.

One example is Apollo Management, which has looked at the Fontainebleau, which is in bankruptcy court, and cash-strapped Cosmopolitan, according to Las Vegas executives who did not want to be identified so as not to reveal private discussions that, if revealed, could torpedo a company’s takeover plans.

With bankruptcy looming for some casinos, opportunists have a stealthier path to casino ownership that rarely presented itself before the recession, when casinos mostly failed on bad execution rather than for economic reasons.

(Photo: bdjsb7/Flickr Creative Commons)

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  • Matthew in NYC

    I’ve been on flights with a very long taxi period where passengers get up to use the restroom, which is annoying because technically the plane can’t taxi if passengers are moving about the cabin. I wish people would remember James Wysong’s advice and use the airport bathroom before they board the plane. Passengers need to know their own bodies and behave accordingly. If you know that 20 minutes after drinking a 500 mL bottle of water (or a beer) you’re going to need the restroom, plan accordingly. Always assume that a taxi at one of the nation’s larger airports is going to take at least half an hour. Unless you have a serious medical issue, you won’t die of dehydration if you don’t drink anything for 40 minutes before board the aircraft, and unless you’re faced with one of those interminable ground delays, you won’t dehydrate if you don’t drink anything until the flight gets to cruising altitude.

  • Janet

    I understand the need to hydrate during air travel, but the reality is that you really can’t do this sufficiently. If you drink when you should – and by all means make that water and not caffeinated or alcohol – you are going to have to use the bathroom and the seat belt may be on. Or there can be a big line or delay in takeoff.
    I travel 40 weeks a year and I drink tons of water AFTER I get off the plane and drink moderate amounts only in flight. It won’t damage you (unless you have a rare disease or condition) and it is both practical and safe.

    Stay away from those spicy foods, too, as they may warrant an unexpected bathroom visit! Really folks, do you want to visit those disgusting and smelly washrooms??

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