Week in travel: American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers

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Week in travel: American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers

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10 November 2018

By | 10 November 2018

Iceland named the safest holiday destination, while Slovenia opens a 300-km hiking trail, and Indonesia discovers the world’s oldest cave paintings

American Airlines have decided to implement a new measure making the life of nut-allergic passengers easier.

American Airlines will let nut-allergic customers check their seats — Art Konovalov / Shutterstock American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers Group Created with Sketch. American Airlines will let nut-allergic customers check their seats — Art Konovalov / Shutterstock

From 12 December, travellers with this unfortunate condition will have the opportunity to board their flights first so that they could check whether the cabin and their seats have any nuts or peanuts lying around to avoid potential exposure.

“Customers with nut allergies who would like to board flights early to wipe down surfaces may ask to do so at the gate,” American said.

Despite the fact that American no longer serve nuts or peanuts on board, they cannot guarantee customers won’t be exposed to them during flights.

A similar measure has already been adopted by Delta Airlines who have been allowing priority boarding to passengers with nut and peanut allergies for years.

Slovenia opens a new 300-km-long hiking trail in the Julian Alps

Hiking is one of the best ways how to explore any destination. And Slovenia has decided to take this sport to another level.

The hiking trail will include such landmarks as Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain — Shutterstock American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers Group Created with Sketch. The hiking trail will include such landmarks as Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain — Shutterstock

In April 2019, the little country in Central Europe will open a new hiking circuit that will be 300 km long and will include such landmarks as Slovenia’s highest mountain, Triglav.

The new Julian Alps Hiking Trail will be divided into different stages, each approximately 20 km long, and the country plans to incorporate cycling routes in the future.

The start and finish of the trail will be in Ratče at the border between Slovenia and Italy.

Because of the relatively high density of villages along the route, travellers will most likely be able to use public transport in some areas. The country wants to place the start of each stage near a railway station so that hikers could spend a night in the area, meaning they would bring profits to the local economy.  

Hikers and cyclists can look forward to a picturesque landscape of untouched nature full of high mountains, green forests, lakes and rocks. Even better, the locals would certainly be happy to share myths and legends about the stages.

Iceland named safest travel destination

The Nordic country of Iceland is the safest place to go for a holiday, closely followed by the United Arab Emirates. According to the new analyses published by Which? Travel, the country has the lowest risk of criminality out of the 20 most popular destinations the agency evaluated in a study.

Iceland is the safest country to go for a holiday — Shutterstock American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers Group Created with Sketch. Iceland is the safest country to go for a holiday — Shutterstock

The researchers analysed crime statistics from the World Economic Fund, natural disaster hazards from the World Risk Report, terrorism risk levels from the UK’s Foreign Office, and health risk data from the NHS Fit for Travel site.

Apart from being almost crime-free, Iceland also has a very low risk of undergoing a natural disaster. However, the safest country in this respect appears to be Barbados.

The least safe countries, on the other hand, are South Africa and Turkey, but also Greece, Vietnam and Japan.

5 countries with the lowest crime rate

  1. Iceland
  2. UAE
  3. Singapore
  4. Spain
  5. Australia

5 countries with the lowest risk of natural disaster

  1. Barbados
  2. Iceland
  3. UAE
  4. Singapore
  5. France

World’s oldest cave paintings discovered in Indonesia

Humans simply have art in their blood, and apparently, we started to use our environment in a creative way well before previously thought.

The drawing depicts the silhouette of what might be a bull — Shutterstock American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers Group Created with Sketch. The drawing depicts the silhouette of what might be a bull — Shutterstock

A group of researchers has discovered a cave painting in Borneo, Indonesia, that is believed to be 40,000 years old, 4,000 years older than the previous record holder.

The drawing depicts the silhouette of what might be a bull and is almost 1.5 metres wide.

In addition to the bull, the team also found red- and purple-coloured hand stencils and even a few paintings depicting human-related scenes.

“The oldest cave art image we dated is a large painting of an unidentified animal, probably a species of wild cattle still found in the jungles of Borneo,” Maxime Aubert, an archaeologist and geochemist at Griffith University in Australia and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

“It is now the earliest known figurative artwork.”

The finding also suggests that one of the most important innovations in human history did not arise in Europe, but most likely in Southeast Asia.

“Whether this is a coincidence, the result of cultural convergence in widely separated regions, large-scale migrations of a distinct Eurasian population, or another cause remains unknown,” the study said.

TripAdvisor diners name the best pizza places in the US

True beauty lies in simplicity. What else is pizza than trivia taken to perfection? This round, flat bread covered with whatever you can imagine — except for pineapple of course! — is something that has spread around the globe more quickly than anything else.

Using the tens of thousands of ratings added daily by diners on its review site, TripAdvisor has also named the top-rated pizzerias in every state — Shutterstock American to allow priority boarding for nut-allergic passengers Group Created with Sketch. Using the tens of thousands of ratings added daily by diners on its review site, TripAdvisor has also named the top-rated pizzerias in every state — Shutterstock

To get the best slice of the most delicious dough, TripAdvisor has selected the best pizza places the United States has to offer.

Using the tens of thousands of ratings added daily by diners on its review site, the popular forum has also named the top-rated pizzerias in every state.

The list is based on analyses of diners’ opinions. It takes into account the ratio and quality of pizzeria reviews compared to overall ratings, along with the quality and quantity of reviews received in the past year.

From the 51 best pizzerias, the site has also selected 8 with the highest score overall:

  1. Alaska, Anchorage: Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
  2. Connecticut, New Haven: Modern Apizza
  3. Florida, Key West: Duetto Pizza and Gelato
  4. Massachusetts, Boston: Regina Pizzeria
  5. New York, New York City: Bleecker Street Pizza
  6. Oklahoma, Tulsa: Andolini’s Pizzeria
  7. Tennessee, Nashville: Five Points Pizza
  8. Texas, Austin: Home Slice Pizza