Week in travel: Americans discouraged from travelling to five states in Mexico

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Week in travel: Americans discouraged from travelling to five states in Mexico

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13 January 2018

By | 13 January 2018

Japanese island named world’s most trending spot, while Kenya launches first direct flights to New York, and Turkey warns its citizens about visiting the US

Restrictions, limitations and discouragement. After reading this week’s news, popping to the beaches of a tiny Japanese island sounds like an excellent idea.

‘Drunk’ Irish couple forces Ryanair plane to make an unscheduled stop

Drunk Irish couple forced a Ryanair flight to make an unplanned stop — JJFarq / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. A drunk Irish couple forced a Ryanair flight to make an unplanned stop — JJFarq / Shutterstock

 

The aggressive behaviour of an Irish pair has forced the pilot of a Ryanair plane to unexpectedly divert.

The flight from Alicante to Dublin had to make an unscheduled stop in Santander on Wednesday.

“This flight from Alicante to Dublin diverted to Santander after two passengers became disruptive inflight,” a Ryanair spokesperson told The Independent.

“The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Dublin.

The couple were reportedly drunk and aggressive towards other passengers as well as towards each other.

“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police.”

“This is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail.

Due to the increase of violent behaviour under the influence of alcohol, U.K. airports may limit the alcohol accessibility and selling hours.  

New warnings for US citizens as government urges them to avoid five Mexican states

Mexican states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero, at the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq for American citizens — carlos.araujo / Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Five Mexican states have been raised the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq — carlos.araujo / Shutterstock

 

Rampant crime and gang activity in Mexico prompted the US State Department to issue a stringent travel advisory on Wednesday, warning tourists to completely avoid five Mexican states – an advisory level often reserved for nations at war.

The State Department’s highest “do not travel” advisory places the states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Guerrero, at the same warning level as war-ravaged Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace.

Once a glamorous playground for the Hollywood jet set, including Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth, the resort in Guerrero state now has one of the highest murder rates in the world, having fallen victim to vicious gang warfare in recent years.

“Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travellers,” said the State Department.

Kenyan Airlines opens ticketing for inaugural flight to New York

Kenya airline launches first direct route from Nairobi to New York — Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Kenya Airlines launches first direct route from Nairobi to New York — Shutterstock

 

US-bound passengers from Kenya won’t have to change planes in Europe or the Gulf as Kenya Airlines has launched a direct line from Nairobi to New York.

The carrier, which is 7.8 per cent owned by Air France-KLM, has started taking bookings for the flights to and from New York that will carry 234 passengers each way on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

“We are opening sales of the first non stop flight from Nairobi to the USA. Which means that as of now, as of this morning you can buy tickets to go to New york and all the US market – all the people from New York, but not only New York can buy tickets from JFK to Jomo Kenyatta,” Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz told reporters at an event to launch the new 15-hour route.

Kenya Airlines has long wanted to fly direct to the United States, but Kenyan carriers were only granted US security clearance for the route in February 2017 after a major refurbishment of facilities at the main Nairobi airport.

Tiny island in Japan named the most trending spot on earth by Tripadvisor users

Ishigaki island is often compared to Hawaii — Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Ishigaki island is often compared to Hawaii — Shutterstock

 

The results of an annual poll among users of a popular travelling forum TripAdvisor have been revealed.

Sandy beaches, mangrove forests and world-class diving spots made them choose the Ishigaki island as the absolute winner.

With a population of around 50,000 and tropical weather conditions, the little-known island in Japan’s southwestern Okinawa Prefecture is sometimes compared to Hawaii.

And it was the Hawaiian island Kapaa that took second place in the rating while Kenya’s capital Nairobi came in third.

The most trending places according to TripAdvisor users 

1. Ishigaki (Japan)

2. Kapaa (Hawaii)

3. Nairobi (Kenya)

4. Halifax (Canada)

5. Gdansk (Poland)

6. San Jose (Costa Rica)

7. Riga (Latvia)

8. Rovinj (Croatia)

9. Nerja (Spain)

10. Casablanca (Morocco)

Turkey warns citizens against US travel over security

Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest in the US, says the Turkish Foreign Ministry — Shutterstock Group Created with Sketch. Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest in the US, says the Turkish Foreign Ministry — Shutterstock

 

Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel.

The comments from the Turkish Foreign Ministry come after the US Department of State this week made a similar warning to its citizens, saying Americans planning to visit Turkey should reconsider plans due to “terrorism and arbitrary detentions”.

Ties between Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies and members of the coalition against ISIS, have been strained by the US arrest and conviction of a Turkish banker in an Iran sanctions-busting case, a trial Turkey has dismissed as politically motivated.

“Turkish citizens travelling to the United States may be subjected to arbitrary detentions based on testimonies of unrespected sources,” the Turkish ministry said in a statement.