February Crazy Travel Roundup, A Podcast

February Crazy Travel Roundup, A Podcast

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Recorded in the beautiful Fairfield Inn & Suites, Jacksonville, FL.

February Crazy Travel Roundup

The 500lb virus in the room is the Corona Virus. At this point, JetBlue is eliminating cancel and change fees due to the coronavirus. Many of the U.S. victims are off the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Infected passengers went into quarantine. There are 83 in voluntary isolation in Nassau County NY. 

Several global events have been postponed or canceled.

  • Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s biggest mobile phone trade show, was set to take place in Barcelona between Feb. 24 and 27.
  • Facebook canceled its global marketing summit, scheduled to begin March 9 in San Francisco.
  • Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world, was slated to take place between April 21 and 26.  Postponed till June.
  • Fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai, both set to take place at the end of March, were postponed.
  • Basel World, the watch giant had canceled
  • The Chinese Grand Prix, set to take place from April 17 to 19 has been postponed.
  • The Irish Rugby Football Union postponed two Six Nations rugby matches.
  • China announced earlier this week it would postpone its key annual gathering of lawmakers, scheduled to take place in March.

As of March 3rd, 9 Americans have died from the Coronavirus.

Which means, we will have a few Coronavirus stories this month. Chris, Has the Coronavirus impacted your travel? 

Gentleman arrested for using mice and hamsters to get free hotel rooms BoingBoing

Utah police say Ryan Sentelle State (37) scored free hotel rooms by releasing mice and hamsters in the room and then demanding a free room to compensate him for the horror of sharing a room with a rodent.

From KUTV: State would point out feces left by the rodents, a probable cause statement says. Hotels are forced to contact pest control when animals and feces are found in rooms. 

Police say State and his gang of rodents caused damage to several hotel rooms.

 

Man kicked off flight for wearing gas maskBoingBoing

 A man was kicked off an American Airlines flight Thursday after putting on a gas mask and refusing to remove it. Other passengers began to “panic”, according to reports, and the flight was delayed an hour until he was kicked off.

Joseph Say posted a photo of the masked man on Twitter. 

Mr Say said he initially thought the gas mask was related to the new coronavirus, which has killed 259 people in China. 

“But then I noticed it didn’t have the filter, so that didn’t really make sense,” he added. “What we heard from the lady sitting next to him was he said he wanted to make a statement. I don’t know what the statement was,” Mr Say said.

Plane passenger says she’s reporting seat-puncher to the FBIBoingBoing

Wendi Williams, a passenger on an American Airlines flight, says she is complaining to the FBI about a man who had been sitting behind her and continuously punching her seat because she had reclined it. Williams says when she called a flight attendant about the puncher, the attendant sympathized with the puncher and gave him free alcohol because his seat was unable to recline.

Williams recounted the incident in a series of tweets, starting with: “After much consideration, and exhausting every opportunity for American Airlines to do the right thing, I’ve decided to share my assault, from the passenger behind me, and the further threats, from an American Airline flight attendant. She offered him a complimentary cocktail!”

Marriott Is Now Email Marketing Thongs – One Mile At A Time

Marriott is sending some Bonvoy members “Love Is In The Air” emails, encouraging them to “Discover Valentine’s Day gifts for the one you love.” 

They are promoting the EDITION online store, which sells everything from Le Labo toiletries, to faux fur throws, to bowling balls, to… thongs. And these are even explicitly called out in this marketing material.

“A black lace thong makes the perfect cheeky gift,” they say.

Going to the EDITION shop website, the thong is described as follows:

The Valentine NYC Thong, exclusively created for EDITION Hotels, is just the essential you need for life’s unexpected turns. Featured in our minibars, this luxuriously soft and stretchy mid-rise lingerie was designed to feel like a second skin. A wide stretch lace waistband and mesh and cotton body gently adorns the body for ultimate comfort.

The Resort Fee At This Sheraton Includes Telling Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced – View From The Wing

“Resort fees” are extra charges, on top of a room rate, that aren’t optional. In other words they’re part of the price of a room, but the hotel advertises a lower price instead. Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson says the deceptive practice of resort fees is justified because his chain insists that hotels provide packages that add value to a guest’s stay.

 

At the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki the $33 per night resort fee includes a keiki (child) gift upon request. They don’t give you the gift unless you ask for it, but since Jamie Larounis was paying for it anyway he asked.

 

The hotel delivered a book as a gift, “Dinosaurs Divorce, a Guide for Changing Families.” That’s right, the resort fee includes a ‘surprise’ gift intended to let children know their parents are breaking up. Hawaii used to be a romantic destination, but resort fees at the Princess Kaiulani turn it into something far darker.

Respirator masks with your face printed on it BoingBoing

Face ID Masks plans to offer a service that prints your face onto respirator masks, so you can unlock your phones without exposing yourself to the plague. But there’s a shortage of face masks, says creator Danielle Baskin, so for now it’s just a dystopian joke.

adjective

  1. relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.
    “the dystopian future of a society bereft of reason”

noun

  1. a person who imagines or foresees a state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.
    “a lot of things those dystopians feared did not come true”

There you have it, thanks for listening, safe travels and have a great day!

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