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No-Frills airline, easyJet, is usually critised for not providing enough on its aircraft. This time it has been providing too much. 10 tonnes of extra fuel to be precise.EasyJet was forced to apologise after around 40 passengers were told to get off the plane or risk being arrested due to the aircraft being over-fuelled. The captain ordered 37 travelers, who were yet to board the plane, to stop boarding or face being arrested.Luggage belonging to the remaining passengers was also removed from the aircraft to save weight. However passengers were only told about this after arriving in Switzerland, many passengers did not receive their luggage for a further five days. Imagine being on holiday without your suitcase! EasyJet spokespeople blamed it on a fuelling error resulting in the aircraft taking on too much fuel making it too heavy for departure. Those passengers who were offloaded were offered €250 for their trouble.Do you think it was good of easyJet to turn people away like this and have some passengers arrive on time? Or do you think easyJet should have drained the aircraft of the extra fuel therefore resulting in a delay for everyone? Feel free to comment below and share your views about this story.
Foreign Office lifts travel advice restrictions on EgyptMonday, February 21, 2011 The Foreign Office tonight lifted all restrictions on travel advice to Egypt. It said it was no longer advising against all but essential travel to Cairo, including Giza, the area covering the Pyramids, Alexandria and Suez. If followed the lifting of restrictions on travel advice to Luxor last week, and came on the same day that prime minister David Cameron visited the country.
Cunard Queens meet in Sydney HarbourTuesday, February 22, 2011 Cunard’s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Sydney for the first time this morning, where she was met by sister ship Queen Mary 2.It was the first time the “Cunard Queens” had ever arrived into Sydney Harbour together. However, it recalled an earlier meeting when the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, which were both then World War II troop ships, passed each other at Sydney Heads, the entrance to the harbour on April 9, 1941.Queen Elizabeth met Queen Mary 2 outside Sydney Heads before 5.30am before following her sister into the Harbour and berthing at the overseas passenger terminal at about 7am. Both ships are midway through their world voyages, Queen Elizabeth having sailed from New Zealand while Queen Mary 2 arrived from Adelaide. Cunard managing director Peter Shanks said the company was thrilled the cruise line could stage another spectacular Royal Rendezvous in Sydney during Queen Elizabeth’s first world voyage.“Sydney is always a highlight port for our Cunard world voyage guests but marking an historic Royal Rendezvous with our two Queens certainly adds to the attraction,” Shanks said. A special remembrance service will be held onboard Queen Mary 2 on Wednesday as a tribute to "Australia’s Finest Generation", many of whom sailed to war on the original Cunard Queens