Week in Travel: Germany opens world’s biggest sausage dog museum

Japanese airport employee goes the extra mile handling luggage, while Trump’s ban affects nearly 2,000 people in 9 days, and first Eurostar train from London has arrived in Amsterdam

As the first commercial Eurostar train to Amsterdam departed from London’s St. Pancras station on Wednesday, sparking a competition between rail companies and airlines.

The launch of the route is “a historic milestone for Eurostar and the growth of international high-speed rail,” Mike Cooper, the train operator’s new chief executive, said.

Passengers can now take the three hours and 41 minutes journey via Brussels and Rotterdam 12 times per week with the price starting at £35.

“With the Netherlands becoming increasingly popular as a business and tourism destination, the potential for our new route is significant and we look forward to offering our customers a fast, seamless connection between these key European cities,” Cooper added.

The provider aims to attract business and leisure travellers from airlines and a few advantages are indisputable. For instance, passengers can take two suitcases and a third smaller piece of luggage for free. They can even take bottles that hold more than 100ml as security screening is relatively gentle.

However, the airline’s service is difficult to reach. Between 6 am and the train’s departure at 8.31 am, 13 flights leave for Amsterdam from six London airports. The prices of flight tickets are also lower.

“We carry 1.9 million passengers a year and provide easy and affordable fares from £29.99 one way,” said an EasyJet spokesperson, adding that the carrier operates 21 daily flights each way.

Passenger upgrades herself to a premium seat 3 times, causes uproar

A woman on an Air Asia flight caused a ruckus when she upgraded her seat three times without paying.

The woman on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong had reportedly purchased an economy ticket. But when she noticed that a row of premium class seats was empty, she decided to move.

After she attempted to do so, she got into an argument with a flight attendant who made her return to her economy seat.

But, right after the takeoff, the woman tried to move to the seats again leading to another argument with the cabin crew and another return to the original seat.

As she attempted to move for the third time, the situation appeared unfair to other passengers, and Bruce Lam, a fellow traveller, took the matter into his hands.

Lam reportedly told her: “Just return to your seat. Once, twice, thrice, they asked you. Do you know shame at all?”

“That’s none of your business,” the woman allegedly replied, before returning again to her original seat.

According to Lam’s report, he received a free cup of mineral water from the flight attendant.

Nearly 2,000 passengers stopped by customs in the nine days Trump’s ban has been enforced

Trump’s first effort to ban travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations complicated the lives of nearly 2,000 people, with the majority of them legal residents of the US, Buzzfeed reports.

Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

A new document released under the Freedom of Information Act suggests that during the nine days President first travel ban was enforced, US Customs and Border Protection stopped 1,903 people for secondary inspection.

1,457 of the passengers were legal permanent residents of the US. Of those who were not permanent residents, 134 withdrew their entry request meaning they were likely to leave the country.  

Trump introduced the first travel ban during his first month in office. The executive order suspended the US visas of people from seven majority-Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.

The ban was halted by a judge early February of last year, placing a temporary restraining order on its enforcement nationwide.

Germany opens world’s biggest dachshund museum

The Dackelmuseum, an entire gallery dedicated to the breed of “weiner dogs”, has been open in the Bavarian city of Passau.

More than 4,500 toys and other items showcasing the dachshund, a dog that even served as a mascot for the 1972 Munich Olympics, are featured in the premises.  

Passau in Germany has opened world's biggest sausage dog museum — BluIz60 / Shutterstock
Passau in Germany has opened world’s biggest sausage dog museum — BluIz60 / Shutterstock

The museum was founded by two enthusiasts whose collection has been amassed over 25 years.

“The world needs a sausage dog museum,” Josef Küblbeck, the museum’s cofounder, told the BBC. “No other dog in the world enjoys the same kind of recognition or popularity as the symbol of Bavaria, the sausage dog.”

The museum opened on Monday in Passau’s elegant Residenzplatz. The curators claim the exhibitions features the world’s biggest collection of dachshund-themed objects.

Japanese airport employee caught cleaning luggage

If you are afraid of what happens to your bags once you check them in, do travel to Japan.

In a viral video that spread across various social networks, an unnamed Japanese airport employee was caught cleaning passing luggage on the carousel before passengers arrive to pick them up.

Her work with a piece of white cloth truly goes the extra mile from the standard luggage handling process.