According to an audio recording released on an aviation and travel blog, a Southwest Airlines pilot was caught last week on a hot mic “making an expletive-filled rant against the San Francisco Bay Area,” calling its residents “f***ing weirdos” and “goddamn liberal f***s,” and that they’re “probably driving around in f***ing Hyundais” on “f***ing roads and s*** that go slow as f***.” “The unidentified pilot was heard on a radio frequency at Mineta San Jose Airport (SJC) as the flight taxied for departure,” ABC 7 reported. “F*** this place, goddamn liberal f***s,” the pilot is reported to have said, according to the released audio recording. “Like eight guns out here somewhere as it is.” “F***ing weirdos, probably driving around in F***ing Hyundais, F***ing roads and s*** that go slow as f***,” he continued. “You don’t have balls unless you’re f***ing rolling coal man, goddamnit,” the pilot added, according to the audio clip posted by One Mile At A Time, an aviation and travel blog.
Travel & Leisure
Hot dam. How did that happen? The TTC has seen its share of raccoons, pigeons and squirrels — a plethora of Toronto wildlife — in the transit system, but here’s a new one. A beaver was spotted by commuter Will Abbott, whose wife, Jenn, tweeted a picture around 7:15 a.m. Thursday of the animal wandering in Royal York subway station near the Grenview entrance.
Former President Donald Trump’s struggling hotel company was dealt another blow when a major luxury travel group ended its partnership and dropped the chain from its listings. Zenger News reported last week that Virtuoso Travel, a luxury travel network that caters to the wealthy, quietly cut off Trump Hotels earlier this month. “Virtuoso considers many variables when reviewing both existing and new network participation,” a spokesperson told the website. “Out of respect for all involved parties, and as a general policy, we do not share comments regarding our non-renewal and exit decisions.” In addition, Trump hotels are no longer listed on the Virtuoso website. “It’s a big deal because Virtuoso is very well-respected in the industry,” travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt of Atmosphere Research Group told the newspaper. He said Virtuoso’s “elite base” of customers means others in the industry study its moves… and often make similar moves of their own. “Some travel agencies that may have been debating whether or not to do it could decide, well, if Virtuoso has done this, we too will end our professional relationship with the Trump hotels,” Harteveldt said.
Ontario Parks has been quietly running a pilot project in which it charges a flat fee, forcing many campers to pay at least 300 per cent more for a backcountry site than previous seasons. The provincial government is in its second year of testing the flat fees for backcountry camping at the Massasauga and the Temagami cluster of parks, charging $40.75 and $32.50 per night respectively, regardless of the size of a group. Previously, campers were charged $9 a night per person. “These pilot fee changes make backcountry camping fees consistent with our flat-rate per-campsite car camping fee model,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) said in an email to CTVNews.ca. Canoe enthusiast and bestselling author Kevin Callan, a.k.a. The Happy Camper, told CTVNews.ca that people who like to trek solo or as a couple are getting the sticky end of the marshmallow stick while organized groups and larger families end up paying less.
As spring break crowds wreaked havoc in one of the most popular U.S. party destinations, many Miami Beach locals took to social media to blame out-of-towners for the chaos. Thousands of revellers have descended on the south Florida city in recent days, eager to let off steam after a year of lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A popular Florida restaurant will close its doors for the remainder of spring break amid concerns of further damage to the location following fights there. The popular Miami Beach party spot, the Clevelander Hotel, has seen fights break out over the past week as crowds try to cram in during peak hours. As a precaution, the hotel will continue to operate for its guests, but food and beverage operations will remain closed to the public until “at least” March 24, it said.