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A United flight diverted after a passenger sneezed. Plus, ice may literally be thawing between lasers and airplanes.

Those are some of the travel headlines that caught my eye today.

Passengers Freak Out Over Coughing, Sneezing Traveler

I fear this sort of thing will become more common.

A United flight was diverted Sunday after a “small group of ‘disruptive’ passengers” apparently took issue with someone having an allergic reaction. They were purportedly fearful their fellow passenger was infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Medical face mask isolated on dark background.
(©iStock.com/Wako Megumi)

One Mask at a Time?

Ben/Lucky of One Mile at a Time returned to the US yesterday. A CBP officer at immigration asked him to put on a mask. When the officer found a mask for Lucky, “he touched it without sanitizing his hands or anything — who knows how many peoples’ travel documents he had touched at this point, and now that was going to be in direct contact with my face.”

Ew.

Hotel Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

A Reddit thread is full of stories detailing exploits of rich folks who patronize (I mean that in every sense of the word) restaurants and hotels.

US Grant hotel in downtown San Diego, California.
The US Grant hotel (a Marriott Luxury Collection property) in downtown San Diego, California.

DMARGE wrote about some of them. Tales of wasting champagne (that’s a mortal sin in my book), homesick guests, and other head-shaking behavior. The final story has an ending that restores some of your faith in humanity.

Deicing Planes with Lasers?

Lasers and airplanes are generally in the news for bad reasons (i.e. someone points a laser at an aircraft and temporarily blinds a pilot).

But here’s an interesting story about how lasers might reduce ice build-up on planes — while saving fuel.

(H/T: Rick)

— Chris

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