A frugal passenger bought a fully refundable China Eastern ticket and re-booked it 300 times in order to get free dinner at the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport’s (XIY) VIP lounge…for 300 days. Thanks to reader Rakesh in Mumbai for sharing this story and to his cousin for obtaining the OK on sharing the summary below from the Times of India:

A Chinese man booked a fully refundable first class ticket aboard China Eastern Airlines and then re-booked his ticket over and over again to have free meals. The man flashed his ticket to lounge staff at the Shaanxi province airport before his trip, ate a meal just like any first class traveller and instead of getting on the flight he would change his flight’s departure to another day. The next day he would show up with his newly issued ticket for the revised date, eat and then again change his ticket date. He did this over and over again. China Eastern Airlines officials only recently figured out the man’s scheme after noticing his single ticket being re-booked 300 times over one year. Airline officials admitted there was nothing they could do to stop the frequent diner. The freeloader ended up cashing in his fully refundable ticket and getting back all his money.

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I think my last two weeks in Topeka might have been even more unique than some of my recent trips overseas. Here are some of the more interesting things I learned:

1) The fields at MacLennan Park at Cedar Crest actually has visible historic ruts or swales, made by the wheels of countless wagons traveling the Oregon Trail more than 150 years ago that are still visible.

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2)During a major snow storm…everyone in town goes to Outback, it was packed!

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3) The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is the only unit of the national park system named after a U.S. Supreme Court case. Monroe Elementary School, one of the four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka, is still standing and maintains those mini water fountains and elementary school smell.

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4) No need to fly anywhere, in six days the temperature can increase 74 degrees!

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5) The best BBQ in Topeka is located within a trailer park. Lonnie Q’s is by far the best I’ve ever had anywhere.

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6) A 64 oz fish bowl is only $5 more than a 32 oz.

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7) You can’t bring guns into public buildings.

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8) Karaoke at Applebee’s is the place to be on Thursday nights. No joke…everyone heads here by 10 and there’s a huge line to get your chance at the mic.

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9) Kansas is Oz-Some.

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10) There are .99 cent margaritas on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

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11) Even the Italian restaurant has drink specials including $2 Italian Margs.

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12) Wild Horse Saloon – Where Topeka Plays at Night! They also have $1 drinks on Weds, including any well drinks …Jack & Ketel included and it’s naughty school girl night.

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…oh and this goes on

13) My favorite BBQ in Kansas City was Oklahoma Joe’s, located at the Shamrock gas station

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14) Eat Beef

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Been to Japan? You’ll totally appreciate this list. Planning a trip? Get excited the BuzzFeed rundown is so accurate!

Banana Vending Machine Giant Robots Pyramid Watermelons Grandparents

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A new Lufthansa A320-200 from Stockholm to Frankfurt diverted to Copenhagen last week when passengers detected a strange odor on board. The Telegraph reports that “fearing for the aircraft’s safety, the Lufthansa crew opted to divert to the Danish capital, landing 15 minutes later, and the 129 passengers on board were rebooked onto alternative flights. However, a check by maintenance staff determined that the odour had originated from a recently installed carpet.”

This isn’t the first strange diversion over the last twelve months. Others have included a pilot wanting to make a stop for her favorite food, “explicit” in-flight movies, and an out of control bachelor party. More details on these in the Telegraph

Related - United Flight Diverts on Passenger Overhead Movie Concern

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Depressed about the no notification American AAdvantage devaluation? While we ridiculously continue to wait for details on which partners are impacted by the newly imposed international fuel surcharges, here’s another Wednesday countdown. Today’s countdown comes from the Courier Mail and lists the 10 Worst Types of Passengers:

  • People with uncontrollable kids (Parentus Slapdashii)
  • Seat recliners (Reclinus Maximus)
  • Smelly people (Smellus Incredibilus)
  • Arm rest hogs (Armrest Grabbis)
  • Chatty passengers (Chatticus Majorus)
  • People who always need the bathroom (Bladder Incredibilus)
  • People with too much carry-on luggage (Carry-on Greedicus)
  • Reading-light enthusiasts (High-and-Mighticus)
  • People who pace the cabin or stretch too often (DVT-Avoidus)
  • Window seat hogs who close the window shade before take off (Window Hoggus)

Related
Smelly Seatmate Survival Tips
Proper Etiquette for Middle Seat Armrests…and other economy survival tips
Unruly Passenger on KEF-JFK Flight Restrained & Gagged with Duct Tape…picture and all
…and I thought some of my seatmates were gross

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Pacers center Roy Hibbert did his best to squeeze his 7′ 2″ frame into the bathroom on a flight Thursday night, later sharing the results via his Instagram account… tall people problems

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Skyscanner conducted a survey of 700 international cabin crew members from 83 countries to find out the strangest items left on-board. Here are just a few of the most random items that cabin crew listed:

  • Live parrot
  • Glass eye
  • Prosthetic leg
  • A bag of sand
  • One shoe
  • Wedding dress
  • Bag of diamonds
  • Toupee
  • Handcuffs
  • Underwear
  • Written marriage proposal

Check out the full list at Skyscanner here.

More interestingly, the survey noted that important items are left on board too. Almost a quarter (24%) of crew have found a lost passport on board, which is even higher than the number of phones (23%) and books (21%) left behind.

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Have you ever entered an outrageous request in the special request section of a hotel reservation screen? As has been heavily reported the last few days, Dustin Wray of New Braunfels, Texas, booked a room for himself and his girlfriend and decided to do just that:

“Three red M&Ms on the counter. Not packages, just three single M&Ms. One for me, one for my girlfriend and one to split if we get hungry late at night. And a picture of bacon on the bed. I love pictures of bacon.”

Wray told CNN, “I figured real bacon would be too hard to come by. I wrote it so that if they saw it they would laugh because it was stupid but also make it feasible if they actually wanted to fulfill it.”

Well, this is what he saw when he arrived…

“I saw the three red M&M’s there and it honestly confused me. I was staring at them thinking this is weird. And then my girlfriend started laughing at the picture on the bed and I turned around and looked and that’s when it all clicked.”

Dustin was so surprised that he forgot to leave a tip for the staff who had worked to fulfill his request. However, he later shared his story on Reddit, and the hotel is now receiving national press.

What’s your crazy request…besides an upgrade to the best possible room???

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On a flight from Europe last week my colleague commented on how gross it was that people were going shoeless to the bathroom, wearing only their airline issued socks.  He’s new to international travel and hadn’t yet had the pleasure of witnessing the business class bathroom “walk of shame”.  Similarly, when I began my heavy international traveling about six years ago, I too was surprised by the otherwise well mannered business passenger’s bathroom etiquette.

I would never wear my own socks into the bathroom, but with the amenity kit provided socks the line isn’t so clear… put them on for the flight, wear them, and then take them off  and trash them at the end of the flight (without touching the bottoms)? What say you???

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In the latest strange flight attendant policy news, India’s GoAir has announced that they plan to only hire female flight attendants going forward.  Yahoo reports:

…Elsewhere around the world blatant airline sexism still flies. This week, India’s budget GoAir announced that it would hire only female flight attendants from this point on as a fuel-saving measure, noting that women are usually lighter than men. The discrimination is uniquely twofold—against men who want flight-attendant jobs, and against women who will only reign supreme only in the cabin, as the female-only rule does not, naturally, apply to pilots. 

Other recent announcements have included orders to lose weight, required maid uniforms, instructions on allowable lipstick colors, periodic BMI measurements, and makeup policy changes.

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According to ABC News, if you have suspicions that your significant other is cheating, you may want to contact their travel agent.

AshleyMadison.com, the dating website for people who are already married, said more than 61 percent of their members surveyed – nearly 50,000 cheaters – are planning an extra-marital excursion this summer. “There’s no better time to pursue a discreet affair than when you’re hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home,” said AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman. “Our members have stated that the distance not only lessens their fear of getting caught, but also alleviates feelings of guilt.”

The majority of respondents are planning a trip of 3-4 days in length, as a shorter trip arouses less suspicion. In terms of payment, half intend to pay for it via an airline / hotel rewards program and/or corporate card to eliminate any paper trail to their primary address. Their favorite airline? Virgin!

…and where are they headed?
#1 Las Vegas
#2 Miami
#3 Bahamas: Paradise Island
#4 New York
#5 Turks & Caicos
#6 Los Angeles
#7 Napa Valley
#8 Martha’s Vineyard
#9 Hamptons
#10 Mexico

Courtesy ABC News

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