CDC Issues Zika Travel Advisory for Miami

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory within the continental U.S. over the outbreak of an infectious disease. As of last Friday, 14 cases of Zika infections have been reported in Miami, prompting the warning, which only covers a square mile in the trendy neighborhood of Wynwood, known for its outdoor art, murals and warehouse graffiti, in north Miami. The CDC is advising all pregnant women who have traveled to Zika-infested areas (including Miami since June 15) to get tested for the disease, as well as to use protection during sex, as the virus can also be transmitted sexually. There’s currently no vaccine or cure for Zika.

Southwest Wants CEO Replaced After Outage

If you were traveling on Southwest Airlines a couple of weeks ago, you probably had your flight cancelled or delayed due to a technical glitch that forced Southwest to cancel over 2,000 flights and delay thousands more over the three-day period. On Monday, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) announced a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” of 20-0 that CEO Gary Kelly and COO Mike Van de Ven step down, citing “years of operational deficiencies, unprecedented labor strife, and continued culture erosion at the company.” SWAPA President Captain Jon Weaks released a statement saying “We believe that a change is needed for the best interests of Southwest Airlines and the loyal customers we serve. Therefore, we encourage, effective immediately, their replacement in order to secure a more stable, sustainable, and profitable future for our company, our customers, and employees.” Weaks statement also added that the carrier’s executives place more value on “short-term stock performance” instead of their employees or customer service.

World’s Biggest Hotel Will Have 10,000 Rooms

Cities around the world have long been clamoring to build the world’s tallest building for the past couple of decades, with the half-mile high Burj Khalifa in Dubai currently holding the record for world’s tallest building. Now, Saudi Arabia is in the midst of building what will be the world’s largest hotel when it finally opens in 2017, or maybe 2018. Originally slated to open in 2017, the opening may been pushed back due to national economic issues. Once completed, the $3.5-billion, 1.4 million square meter Abraj Kudai in Mecca will have 12 towers, four helipads, 10,000 rooms and as many as 70 restaurants. By comparison, the world’s largest hotel right now is the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands, Malaysia with 7,351 rooms.

Pilots Tackles Drunk Passenger

It goes without saying that a drunk and belligerent passenger on a flight is usually a recipe for disaster, as Michael Kerr found out during his flight two weeks ago. The American Airlines flight had just landed in Charlotte Douglas International from Lexington, Ky., and was taxiing towards a gate when Kerr ignored orders from the crew and got out of his seat. When a flight attendant tried to intervene, Kerr threatened to break her jaw and proceeded to the front of the plane, kicking one crew member in the leg and pushed another to the floor. The pilot and co-pilot then tackled Kerr to the ground and used a seatbelt to restrain his legs until the police arrived. Kerr was said to have drank three whiskeys during the flight, and is currently banned from flying until his trial.

Random News Story of the Week: Teens Deface Ancient Carving “to improve it”

And another ancient artifact has been ruined by irresponsible individuals, even though they had good intentions. This time two teenagers in Norway, who weren’t identified, defaced a 5,000-year-old, historical rock carving in an attempt to improve it. According to historians, the damage is irreversible. The teenagers could be prosecuted under Norway’s Cultural Heritage Act.

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Kim has been hunting flight deals and writing travel articles for over 13 years. His articles have appeared in the Boston Herald, Chicago Daily Herald, and Frommer’s Budget Travel, among other publications. Amsterdam, Bangkok, Rome, and Sydney are some of his favorite destinations and he aspires to one day live in Italy. La dolce vita!

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