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Upvote/Downvote: This Week Was All About Cocaine and Airbus

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | December 04, 2015

Upvote/Downvote: This Week Was All About Cocaine and Airbus

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North Korea would like you to come visit, but don’t touch anything.

And that is just one of the few stories we have lined up for you today in the weekly Upvote/Downvote segment.

Feel free, as always, to offer your opinions or to recommend a story we may have missed.

Airbus Awesome:

Airbus, that aviation comedy troupe, decided to drop another hot hit on our laps this week.

According to reports, the latest patent would make the cabin detachable—like some giant Lego set.

Upvote: It seems inevitable that Airbus will get their way at some point in the future, stuffing patrons into tiny boxes that are stored by robots and frozen until the destination is reached. This, however, is one innovation I would actually like to see used.

Nose Candy Party:

According to TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli, somebody forgot his or her 26 pounds of cocaine, which means there is a liquor store somewhere that just had a huge run on Red Bull.

Downvote: I once had to throw away a 5 Hour Energy at Heathrow because it wasn’t first put into a clear plastic bag. Somehow, in light of recent news, I feel I should have been allowed that small bottle of pep.

North Korea Welcomes With Closed Arms:

According to TravelPulse’s Josh Lew, North Korea continues its push to draw in tourists while maintaining body language that roughly signals we don’t want you to enjoy your stay.

Downvote: North Korea remains that house on the block that doesn’t allow visitors and still has plastic on its couches.

Checked and Punted Luggage:

Video surfaced recently showing luggage being tossed amusingly into the air. The luggage was later found to be "dummy luggage" stuffed with newspapers, something we just learned existed. But its timing is serendipitous given a report that “the Department of Transportation has a stern warning for airlines that try to skip out on reimbursing customers whose checked baggage was damaged while in transit.”

Upvote: Finally, the airlines will be held accountable for damaging our goods…until each finds a way to ignore this very stern warning.


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