Travel Safety And Security News
British tourist saves baby from certain death
A baby girl has survived a fall from the fourth floor of a hotel balcony in Orlando, Florida thanks to a British tourist who caught her just before she hit the ground.
South Africa honeymoon murder “no impact” on tourism
The murder of British honeymooner Anni Dewani in Cape Town last November has not had a negative impact on South Africa’s tourism market. Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said that as “tragic as it was, it didn’t have any impact on the tourism market”.
“Wrong turn” could have led to tourist murders in Florida
The two British tourists shot dead in a Florida ghetto could have taken a wrong turn whilst trying to find a 24-hour diner on foot, according to the police. Detectives described it as “very possible” that the tourists, under the influence of alcohol, could have easily “lost their bearings”, taken a wrong turn, and ended up in streets of Newtown, a notorious housing project.
“Profiling” to improve airport security?
An airline pilot or a celebrity should face less stringent security checks than a Yemeni student, according the chairman of British Airways. Sir Martin Broughton also called for the introduction of a “security light” lane for more trusted flyers.
Honeymoon murder suspect sectioned in psychiatric hospital
Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of ordering his wife’s murder on honeymoon in South Africa, is being compulsorily held at a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act. He had been staying at the The Priory hospital in Bristol but was thrown out following a series of aggressive outbursts.
Boy to appear in court over UK tourist deaths
A 16-year-old American boy is due in court later over the murders of two British holidaymakers in Florida. Shawn Tyson was arrested in connection with the deaths of James Kouzaris from Northampton and James Cooper of Warwick.
Boy charged with killing two British tourists in Florida
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the suspected killing of two British tourists in Florida. The bodies of the victims were found peppered with bullets in a deprived residential area renowned for gang violence.
Tornadoes devastate southern US
A series of tornadoes has killed at least 45 people in the southern United States. The states of North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas were worst hit with homes ripped from their foundations and cars overturned.
Japan tourism begins recovery
Tourists should no longer shun visits to Japan, as radiation levels at the country’s main airport and ports are “well within safe limits” according to new advice from the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Honeymoon murder suspect collapses outside court
Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani collapsed outside court as he was leaving a hearing yesterday. His bail has been renewed but the conditions changed after he was evicted from the Priory for violent conduct. The millionaire businessman will now have to remain in a psychiatric unit pending further assessment.
US air traffic control boss quits over sleeping controllers
The head of the US air traffic control has resigned after a series of incident in which controllers sleeping on the job. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization, which is in charge of more than 9 million departures and arrivals at more than 400 airports annually, has launched an investigation into why at least four controllers fell asleep at work.
Dubai Tourism steps in to ease safety concerns
Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing has reassured both the travel trade and consumers that a safe destination after claims a holidaymaker was beaten to death in his prison cell.