Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Just Think When You're on Board. Weird, Wacky and Wondrous World of Travel

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Just Think When You're on Board. Weird, Wacky and Wondrous World of Travel

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IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis wonders if Virgin Australia flights may soon start resembling aerial Noah's arks as we're encouraged to take our pampered pets with us on holidays flights - and maybe even on the odd business trip as well.

Virgin is offering its Velocity Frequent Flyer members points for every time they take their pet with them aboard a domestic flight.

They'll earn 300 points per pet in a Virgin Pet Carrier if a Red category member, 450 Silver, 525 for Gold and 600 points if a Platinum member, with double points for taking a maximum two pet carriers on a flight.

Puts a whole new slant on suggestions that flying's gone to the dogsa[degrees]

A flight from Denver to Baltimore in the United States was diverted to Chicago recently after just an hour in the air because a family complained about the in-flight movie.

When it landed in Chicago the family was escorted off the plane - and confronted by police and an FBI agent.

But after an interview that took just five minutes, the parents - who complained because the R13-rated film could be seen by their four- and eight-year-old sons - were told they could continue on to Baltimore.

The movie that caused it all was Alex Cross, the story of a homicide detective pushed to the brink by a serial killer who specialises in torture and pain. The film's R13 rating means that officially "parents, carers or teachers cannot give permission for anyone under 13 years" to watch the movie because of "graphic violence and sexual explicity."

The parents complained it was shown to all passengers on drop-down monitors, and when they asked if the monitor in front of them could be turned off for their children's sake, flight attendants said it was not possible. The parents sent a message to the captain, but said they received no reaction - only the announcement soon after that the flight was being diverted to Chicago "for security concerns. …

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