Chinese tourists’ love of Thailand rocked by Phuket boat tragedy, but airports are working hard to win them back

The Phuket boat tragedy had a significant impact on Chinese tourist arrivals in Thailand last month, but immigration officials in the Southeast Asian country are doing all they can to win them back. The deadly accident on July 5 claimed the lives of 47 Chinese holidaymakers after the boat they were on capsized in bad weather. While the number of visitors to Thailand in the month was almost unchanged from the same period of 2017,…

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Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say

According to Finnish researchers, plastic security screening bins — like these, at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport — could have as much as a 50 percent chance of carrying cold viruses during flu season. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News/AP) Next time you go through airport security, it might be worth washing your hands afterward. According to the results of a new study published by Finnish and British researchers, half of plastic airport security bins may carry viruses…

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A Push to Modernize Airports to Fuel More Shopping

ImageA project to update the aging terminals at La Guardia Airport is part of a worldwide trend to modernize airports and offer more amenities for travelers.CreditCreditStephen Speranza for The New York Times This summer, while traveling from New York to Denver, Marc Stewart noticed that the Delta Air Lines terminal at La Guardia Airport felt unfamiliar. “Usually, I fly United, which means you are in the old concourse where there are not even enough bathrooms.…

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Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law under scrutiny after father killed over parking spot

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Florida’s “stand your ground” law is being tested again after a 28-year-old father was mortally wounded in front of his young children following an argument with another man over a handicapped parking space. The State Attorney’s Office is expected to review the case and make the final decision on whether it falls within the claim of…

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Proposed wooden airport terminal in Thailand sparks fire concerns, SE Asia News & Top Stories

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Massive wooden structures featuring prominently in the winning design for the new passenger terminal of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport could pose a fire risk and might violate construction laws, the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) has said. It gave Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) the warning on Thursday (Sept 6) after engineers and citizens questioned the security of Terminal 2 (T2) on social media. EIT vice-president Kecha Thirakome said the…

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Security trays carry more viruses than anywhere else in airport, study finds

The study, conducted by University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, found viruses on 10 percent of everything swabbed, but said plastic security trays were the worst.  (iStock) There’s one place to avoid at the airport if you want to keep yourself from getting sick: the plastic trays at security that items are piled into before being scanned. In a new study by pandemic experts, those trays have been found…

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