Hot Issues Travel Blog

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The Hot Issues Travel Blog provides regular comment on travel related issues, often arising from holidaymakers’ concerns and complaints. Subjects covered range from holiday illness and hygiene standards through to risk destinations and Aerotoxic or Cabin Air Quality.  

Hot Issues Travel Blog

Call for Radical Overhaul of Flight-Crew Health Assessments and A Passenger’s Right to Know!

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Dear Commissioner Bulc (DG Mobility & Transport); Mr Ky (Executive Director – EASA); The UK Secretary of State for Transport; The Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin MP or his Successor; and Mr Andrew Haines (CEO - UK CAA) Open Letter – Call for Radical Overhaul of Flight-Crew Health Assessments and A Passenger’s Right to Know The appalling story of Flight AU9525 has brought into shar... READ MORE 9 April 2015

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A Majorcan Experience, but what of Passport Control?

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The recent news that the Magaluf Authorities are taking steps to bann booze from the streets of the resort is partially welcome but fails overall to grasp the real problems that exist in and around this resort. Throughout 2014, we have been made aware of 2 deaths, 2 rapes, 1 balcony injury, 29 assaults, numerous drug issues, mugging prostitutes, thefts from hotels, sex games, unauthorised video... READ MORE 10 March 2015

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Responsible Holidaymaker saves worker from Carbon Monoxide!

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I was talking to a holidaymaker the other day about his holiday home. Like many thousands of Britons, he and his wife have invested in a property abroad, to provide them with that bolt-hole or with rental income when they are not using the property. Like all property owners they work at maintaining their property so that they can deliver a high standard for themselves or their visitors. In des... READ MORE 9 February 2015

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A Majorcan Experience, but what of the Holidaymakers?

For some time, this Organisation has received calls from young holidaymakers, affected by crime in a number of resorts around the Mediterranean and beyond. The scale of these complaints reveal that young British Holidaymakers are unwittingly exposed to a holiday product that strips them of not only money but dignity, respect and personal safety. Whilst young people are the focus of our reports,... READ MORE 26 January 2015

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A humbling 9/11 experience!

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Kieron. In January 2014, I went to the United States travelling through Dublin Airport. If you take this route you have to pass through US Pre-Clearance before you reach your departure gate. Eric Taube Olsen. Once you arrive in the USA you simply pass from your arrival gate and move straight to the baggage reclaim area. Security was an issue that we had to encounter several times that mo... READ MORE 12 September 2014

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George Monbiot is right, but on Holiday Complaints...?

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Like him or loathe him, George Monbiot is an essential read if you want to understand the world around you or the politic that dictates your daily life. I thoroughly enjoy George's work which provides an incisive critique on the power cliques that we trust to deliver a safe environment, democratic accountability or a peaceful world. He also sends a powerful message to Consumers that they have a... READ MORE 11 September 2014

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Poo in the Pool! - The most serious of all Holiday Complaints!

*** IMPORTANT UPDATE *** 14/8/2014 Yesterday's article in the British Press suggested that some UK Holidaymakers are engaged in the act of deliberately defecating in hotel swimming pools and this may lead to holidaymakers illnesses. This so-called 'new craze' is called 'Logging'. We have investigated this issue over many years and again our research shows that there is no obvious or concerted... READ MORE 14 August 2014

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'Code Brown' - 'Poo in the Pool' - 'Logging' - Coming to a Hotel near you?

Bravo, Bravo! Concern for Public Health & Safety is alive and kicking! Why am I in a congratulatory mood? It is as a result of the latest article from the Daily Mail entitled: '‘Code Brown’: Hotel threatens £1,400 fines to rowdy Brits caught pooing in swimming pools in disgusting new 'logging' craze that exposes guests to harmful bacteria'.But hang on, can this be really true, that 'rowdy... READ MORE 13 August 2014

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Come all ye innocents to the 'pleasures' of Magalluf! II

Following on from our article expressing concern for the safety of UK holidaymakers in Magalluf and also a genuine concern of the effect of crime on tourism, it appears that our commentary was not misplaced! We can see that some have seen the post on our Facebook page and have advised that the locals in Magalluf are intending to carry out a protest march on Sunday 15th June 2014 in Magalluf in... READ MORE 5 June 2014

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Come all ye innocents to the 'pleasures' of Magalluf!

Oscar Wilde is reupted to have said that 'Youth is wasted on the Young'; that said, there is a school of thought that says maybe it is or is it just an expression of freedom which is apprently displayed in the television series, 'The Magaluf Weekender'? This programme's facebook page, chock full of wall-to-wall seething hormones, follows '4 holiday reps and their guests' and proclaims that it w... READ MORE 2 June 2014

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