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08-06-2006
AIRPORT GETS FRESHER WCs
AIRPORT GETS FRESHER WCs
Stockholm

Travellers hearing nature’s call at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport may think they have ended up in a summer meadow – figuratively speaking.

The airport’s newly designed lavatories, which are to open mid-June in Terminal 5, combine flowery art with an improved solution for getting rid of foul odours, Arlanda’s designer manager, Karin Elfver Renstrom, said Wednesday.

The men’s lavatories will have glass artwork portraying a flower-filled Swedish meadow around and above the men’s urinals, with a view through a glass façade onto the tarmac below.

“It is important that a lavatory should smell good,” Elfver Renstrom said. “Urinals often have problems, because odours emanate from the gaps between tiles. By using glass sheets instead of tiles, however, we avoid gaps. And it is not more expensive than tiles.”

Extracted from The Times – 8.6.06

08-06-2006
My son’s fear of flying is making him ill
DR THOMAS STUTTAFORD

A reader worries about his 35-year-old son, who works in the Far East and flies frequently between Hong Kong, Singapore and London. Although a regular air passenger, flying still troubles him. After every journey he is "a bag of nerves", and is often ill as the result.
Flying is a most unnatural state that includes many of the factors often associated with common phobias. Week after week, our reader’s son climbs into a thin-skinned, metal tube and is projected across continents and time zones at around 600mph (970kph). There is no way out, the atmosphere surrounding the plane is thin and colder than that on Everest and the ground speeds past 35,000ft (11,000m) beneath him.


08-06-2006
Safety rules revised over BA’s 11-hour fire flight
By Ben Webster
Transport Correspondent
Britain is to revise its air safety rules after facing fierce criticism from the US for allowing a British Airways jumbo jet with a failed engine to continue flying for 11 hours.
The engine burst into flames soon after take-off from Los Angeles but BA advised the pilot by radio to continue for 5,000 miles to Heathrow on the Boeing 747’s remaining three engines.
04-06-2006
IT’S BRANSON’S FLYING DOCTOR, ROBOT-STYLE
IT’S BRANSON’S FLYING DOCTOR, ROBOT-STYLE

Tycoon Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic is to carry an extra passenger on all long-haul flights – a robot doctor.

Virgin is the first commercial carrier to equip its fleet with a device to help anyone who falls ill in the air. It is spending £500,000 on the robot – called Tempus 2000 – which carries out a complete health check before phoning the results direct to a medical centre in Arizona.

Tempus 2000 was developed and built by a UK company, Remote Diagnostic Technologies, of Farleigh Wallop, Hants. Sir Richard says he became interested in remote medical monitoring while flying his balloon challenges.

Extracted from The Mail on Sunday – 4.6.06

29-05-2006
Time spent in transit has not changed since Roman days
By David Millward, Transport Correspondent
We spend the same amount of our lives today travelling - five per cent - as the Romans did, according to a Cambridge academic.
29-05-2006
The rained-on plane falls behind schedule again
The rained-on plane falls behind schedule again

British Airways told customers on Wednesday that its flight from London to Berlin was delayed due to “showers”. Yesterday, it attributed a delay to the return journey to an absent crew who were “resting in their hotel”.

Neither excuse satisfied the 50-odd PRs flocking to and from a European flack-fest in Germany, one of whom offered to step into the breach and fly the plane.

A BA spokesman says: “There were several delays on Wednesday due to severe weather conditions. This had a knock-on effect on the return flight yesterday because the same crew were legally bound to “rest” for a fixed period between flights.”

Extracted from The Daily Telegraph May 29, 2006



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