Prague mayor warns against visits due to flooding ... Jaunt.ca deal of the day
Here's something you don't see every day; a mayor telling tourists to stay away from his or her city.
Travelmole.com reports the mayor is warning against travel until the state of emergency is lifted in the Czech capital.
Travel around the city centre is difficult as the Prague metro service is expected to remain closed for several days, there is disruption to several tram services (although bus services have been increased) and the Petrin funicular service is unavailable," travelmole said, adding there also is disruption on trains between Prague and Dresden, Germany and that traffic on a number of local roads has been suspended.
Health authorities have warned that flooded areas face a higher risk of water-borne diseases, including hepatitis A, salmonella, tularaemia, and dysentery.
No doubt the city, which is hugely popular with tourists visiting Europe, will rebound quickly enough. But you might find some pretty good deals as things begin to dry out.
MAN OF STEEL ON DISPLAY IN T.O.
Movie fans eagerly awaiting the June 14th release of Man of Steel will have a unique opportunity to get a firsthand look at the official Superman costume as worn by the man of steel himself, actor Henry Cavill. The costume was unveiled on Monday night by director Zack Snyder and producer Charles Roven at an exclusive event above the clouds at Toronto’s CN Tower.
The Tower will showcase the costume, a North American exclusive, until Monday, June 10th after which it will be displayed at the Ontario Science Centre until the end of the month.
Superman, in case you didn't know, was a creation of Toronto cartoonist Joe Shuster. Originally Clark Kent worked at the Daily Star, as Shuster as a boy delivered what was then the Toronto Daily Star. It was later changed to the Daily Planet.
AIR TRAN TEEN TERRORS?
Associated Press reports that a group of about 100 high school students travelling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off a flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn't sit down and put away their cellphones.
The teenagers, all seniors at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, were ordered off the AirTran flight around 6 a.m. Monday as it sat at a gate at LaGuardia Airport.
AirTran's parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away. The airline said that when some didn't comply, the captain repeated the request. When that didn't work, either, the whole group of students was ordered to disembark for safety reasons, the airline said.
The flight was delayed for about 45 minutes while the students filed out of the Boeing 737, which seats about 137 people, leaving the plane mostly empty.
Rabbi Seth Linfield, executive director at Yeshiva of Flatbush, said that administrators were still looking into the matter Tuesday, but that he believed adults on the trip who said the students weren't behaving that badly.
"Preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified," he said in a statement
WEST JET NUMBERS
WestJet today reported its load factors for May were down slightly; weighing in at 78.5 per cent. That's down slightly from the 79.2 per cent in May, 2012. But revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.2 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), was 9.1 per cent higher over the same period.
The airline flew 1.5 million guests in May, a year-over-year increase of 7.9 per cent or approximately 110,000 additional guests.
On May 13th, WestJet announced the third new community that will be serviced by WestJet Encore. On September 3, 2013, WestJet will begin daily service from Calgary to Brandon, Manitoba. "The excitement is building as we draw closer to WestJet Encore's inaugural flights beginning on June 24, 2013 with service to its first two new communities, Nanaimo and Fort St. John, BC," said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice President and President, WestJet Encore.
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