Week in travel: Delta bans emotional support pit bulls

A baby born on a train gets free pass, while Norwegian launches Ireland-Canada service, and a couple gets married on board Southwest flight

Peacocks, hamsters and now dogs. American carrier Delta has added pitbull type dogs on their banned list of emotional support and service animals.

Delta bans emotional support pit bulls — Shutterstock
Delta has banned emotional support pit bulls from their aircraft – Shutterstock

With new and more strict restrictions, the airline will also allow only one emotional support animal per passenger. These new limitations come as a “direct result of growing safety concerns following recent incidents in which several employees were bitten,” the airline said in a press release.

“The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority,” chief operating officer Gil West said in a statement. “We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety.”

Passengers wishing to travel with a service or support animal will have to provide special documentation 48 hours in advance. They have to show a signed veterinary health form or immunisation record as well as a signed letter by a doctor or mental health professional.

Baby born on a train receives a free pass until he’s 25

A pregnant woman went into labour unexpectedly while travelling on a train through Paris on Monday. With the help of other passengers, as well as rail staff and emergency workers, the new mother managed to deliver a healthy boy at 11:40 am while the train was held at the city’s Auber Station.

The train service was stopped for 45 minutes in both directions during the incident and passengers received messages explaining the reason why their trains were delayed saying: “Unexpected birth of a baby at Auber station.”

“We can confirm that everything is going well,” a spokesperson for French public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisien (RATP) announced on the network’s Twitter feed.

To celebrate the unusual event, the newborn has been offered free rail pass until the age of 25.

Couple gets married on board cross-country Southwest flight

Love was literally in the air on Sunday as a couple got married on board a Baltimore-bound Southwest Airlines flight.

In a video posted on Facebook, the groom, Michael, stands at one end of the plane and waits for the bride, Renee, to pass through the aisle while the Ed Sheeran Perfect plays.

The pair boarded the plane in Las Vegas and both were already dressed. They waited 45 minutes in their seats after which they each stood and walked toward opposite ends of the plane.

“It was adorable,” said Skylee Campbell, the passenger who recorded the video.

“They had us all turn on our call lights to light up the aisle and play music.”

The pilot officiated the nuptials through the intercom jokingly.

“They met each other four years ago and this weekend decided to make it at least another four years. They met on a Match.com date – and yes, ladies and gentleman, it really does work.”

Norwegian launches daily service between Ireland and Canada

Europe’s third largest low-cost airline is expanding its connections. From March 2019, the airline will launch a daily service from Dublin to Hamilton for Toronto.

Hamilton in Ontario is just a 50-minute ride from Toronto with Niagara Falls an hour away.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “Today marks a milestone in Norwegian’s transatlantic expansion from Ireland as we announce the first ever direct route between Dublin and Hamilton. This is also our first ever service between Europe and Canada.”

Dublin airport managing director Vincent Harrison added: “Dublin airport is delighted to see Norwegian launch this new service to Hamilton – Toronto.

“It will be Dublin airport’s fifth destination in Canada, offering further choice to the growing Canada-Ireland and Ireland-Canada markets and the overall transatlantic market between Dublin and North America.”

Paris to hold a picnic for nudists

If you belong to the ones that likes to run free, now you have a chance to socialise in the middle of Paris.  

Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a nudist picnic organised by a local association of naturists, Association des Naturistes de Paris, on 24 June.

The event will take place in Bois de Vincennes Park, which had a spot officially set aside for naturists in August 2017.

The picnic starts with a yoga session and according to the Facebook event, everyone is required to bring their own blanket and a yoga mat.

After 5:30 pm the attendees will move to a nudist restaurant appropriately named O’Naturel.  

Nudism and naturism are very well respected lifestyles in France with more than 2 million people involved.