Covid: Qantas launches 'mystery flights' to boost tourism
03/03/2021 | news | business | 385
Airlines are coming up with different strategies to tackle the pandemic travel slump.
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03/03/2021 12:22:36 267 72
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Great for the carbon footprint. A flight that goes nowhere, simply flying for the sake of flying... Wow!
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03/03/2021 12:31:32 140 56
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Aircraft need to fly after a period of time as part of their service schedule, putting paid passengers on those flights is a good way of covering some of the cost. They cannot stand idle indefinitely.
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03/03/2021 12:37:04 30 33
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Maybe have a go at China, India, Poland and Germany for burning coal. It'll take a lot more flights to generate the C02 that the above countries emit in a day....Get real.
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03/03/2021 12:50:48 10 7
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great all that recirculating cabin air
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03/03/2021 13:34:06 6 7
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Yes, great idea. No different from a mystery tour by coach or boat. The sooner our airlines get airborne again the better!
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03/03/2021 14:25:01 3 1
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Read the article. Some people moan wherever they can find a reason.
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03/03/2021 14:48:14 1 0
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Didn't read the article, did you....
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03/03/2021 14:42:36 2 1
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They could take nostalgic trips across the burnt wilderness toasted by wildfires that were clearly nothing to do with climate change. Or visit the worlds 7th 8th 9th and the 10th biggest coal mines all in a lovely comfy airplane.
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03/03/2021 15:42:23 0 0
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although they're not going nowhere, they're going to a mystery destination!
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03/03/2021 15:57:27 0 0
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And nothing wrong with that.
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04/03/2021 14:18:02 0 0
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I agree this is dreadful for the environment. It is just what we do not need!

If air travel is really unavoidable then please at least support a carbon offsetting scheme. E.g.

https://www.climatestewards.org/
.
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RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
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There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
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03/03/2021 12:25:45 11 2
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It's for domestic flights within Australia though?
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03/03/2021 12:31:53 4 2
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"Qantas was one of the first airlines to offer flights to nowhere, which take off and land at the same airport after low-level fly-bys of iconic Australian landmarks."

I guess you missed that part when reading the article.
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03/03/2021 12:37:23 4 2
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Did you really vote for the Australian gov't?
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03/03/2021 12:37:50 2 2
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They're not doing mystery flights to Canada, do'h
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03/03/2021 12:45:36 0 3
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what immigration system. UK has open borders to the world
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RJ
03/03/2021 15:56:21 0 1
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You've all bitten, and it's amazing.
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03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
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If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
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03/03/2021 12:33:17 85 63
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They say travel broadens the mind, I'd say there are enough closed minds in the UK already.
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03/03/2021 12:35:02 15 22
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I know, maybe China should stop lying and get a grip on these pandemics they generate. Why should people stop having holidays because you say so. Life is to be lived, amazing sights to be seen. Or you can stay in your two bed semi and play on your PS or X Box for your worldly insights.
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03/03/2021 12:29:55 10 11
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What utter nonsense! Just you wait to it’s over and see those sky’s filled up nicely again
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03/03/2021 12:49:37 17 17
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Humans are very stupid in the main. One day we won't have enough oil for essential tasks like transporting or growing food (tractors etc). We'll have wasted it flying aircraft on pointless day trips, as well as manufacturing millions of cars every year also to be used to drive millions of miles a year pointlessly. It will all end badly. But we're too thick to notice or care.
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03/03/2021 12:49:40 7 7
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or everyone should be vaccinated for everything before travel
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03/03/2021 13:32:26 5 9
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How can we a more inclusive society without air travel? We need to welcome the world. Diversity is our strength and without air travel we wouldn't have this utopia of multiculturalism that we have now. Also our NHS would fall part.
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03/03/2021 13:34:51 3 3
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Is travel such a disaster for disease? Historically there have been terrible outbreaks of disease when previously isolated populations came into contact. If there was more travel in the first place, this would not have occurred.
Granted, this was practically difficult in the middle ages, but nowadays we can avoid the issues caused by introducing 'foreign' diseases by keeping some travel
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03/03/2021 13:35:23 5 5
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I'd rather see the skies full again. We need to travel, if only to escape the appalling UK weather!
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03/03/2021 14:07:39 0 2
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We can just plug ourselves into a VR/AI machine.

I vaguely remember being a spy on Mars at some point. Or maybe I'm imagining it.

The was some interesting "nigh life" in the bars...
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03/03/2021 14:49:27 2 2
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If you had close family the other side of the world, you might want to see them again. Who wants to return to a time where international travel was the preserve of the rich. Yes, air travel should be made as fuel efficient and environmentally clean as possible, but that will take time and investment.
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03/03/2021 16:25:55 0 0
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Yes,let's all just be serfs,and NEVER go anywhere.Isnt that what the billionaire elite want?.Let the world's biggest polluters China lead by example,then I'll think about it...
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03/03/2021 21:38:09 0 0
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I agree Ben. From the entitled phoney world traveler soaking up some culture on a plate to the sun seeking full English on a plate Brit, there really is no justification for either. Both are small minded people who will never be able to appreciate what’s on their doorstep.
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03/03/2021 12:24:29 3 14
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Great from one of the worst polluting (coal) countries in the world. Just as well they are not leaving Australia. In a year or so the population will have zero immunity to common colds and flu. Total lockdown strategy will have a very long tail.
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03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
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If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
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03/03/2021 12:26:13 26 2
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Yeah they should let people open a window.
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03/03/2021 12:44:05 2 1
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What I do is take a 2nd plastic liquids bag at security, blow it up with air and then just breath that during my flight... :-)
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03/03/2021 12:44:15 2 1
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I suggest you talk to a pilot, or a member of cabin crew, or do a little research. The air in the cabin is probably cleaner than the air in your local high street.
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03/03/2021 12:45:08 0 1
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air is recirculated on the plane
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03/03/2021 12:56:13 1 1
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The airflow of a Plane is probably the safest in all modes of travel, it's filtered several times before it gets back in to the cabin.
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RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
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There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
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03/03/2021 12:25:45 11 2
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It's for domestic flights within Australia though?
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03/03/2021 12:50:17 0 5
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domestic flights in UK are rare
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03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
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If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
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03/03/2021 12:26:13 26 2
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Yeah they should let people open a window.
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03/03/2021 12:26:25 56 22
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Mystery flight - your health at the end of it will be a mystery.
Think I'll give it a Skippy.
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03/03/2021 12:30:50 8 10
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Doubt it
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03/03/2021 12:26:44 22 6
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Old idea; Ryan Air did this back in 2017/2018 - the mystery element being, due to a cock up with pilot holidays, was would they honor the flight or just cancel it....
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03/03/2021 12:44:42 5 5
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It' actually based on an idea that was popular in the 1990's.
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03/03/2021 13:08:09 1 1
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Happens all the time with Ryanair, you're actual destination might not be where you think it was. Beauvais is a long way from Paris.
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03/03/2021 12:27:14 58 54
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Have they borrowed this idea from Boris, he doesn't seem to know where he is going either.
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03/03/2021 12:35:45 46 39
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Well, if you can do better as a Prime Minister, why don't you run for office?
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03/03/2021 12:48:58 2 2
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He went to Caribbean British territory last year his dad went to Greece
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03/03/2021 13:14:37 2 2
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Oh so funny simply hilarious
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03/03/2021 13:29:45 5 3
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He knew a great deal more than the candidate your party put forward.........

As you’re a visionary, what are the lottery numbers for Saturday?
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03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
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I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
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03/03/2021 12:34:11 3 4
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Too damned right
And anyone who goes abroad should be spending 10 days at a luxury hotel near the airport they land courtesy of uk give at their expense
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03/03/2021 12:35:05 1 3
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You should probably know by now that no one in England is sensible.
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03/03/2021 12:30:09 2 2
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No thank you!
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03/03/2021 12:49:40 0 2
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In your narrow minded opinion it is. Stay safe behind that sofa!
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03/03/2021 12:48:20 0 1
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airports have always been open
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03/03/2021 13:08:38 0 1
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Crack on! I here behind the sofa is very popular with rabbits.
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03/03/2021 13:23:15 0 1
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Does it make you feel better? Advising other people on your own beliefs?
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03/03/2021 12:28:44 188 24
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We already have an airline that performs "flights to nowhere" they are called Ryanair.
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03/03/2021 12:35:43 59 33
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Ryanair actually have some interesting routes for those that want to visit the less touristy towns and cities in Europe.
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03/03/2021 12:48:02 17 10
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Ryanair just flies around EU importing covid back to UK
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03/03/2021 12:57:25 5 8
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Or easyjet
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03/03/2021 13:58:34 5 4
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I've used Ryanair a few times, they always provided a cheap coach to the city. Saved a lot of messing about working out buses or trains, or paying a load of money for a taxi. Being a bit further away didn't make much difference to the amount of time it took overall.
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03/03/2021 14:02:38 3 1
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You get charged a lot extra to go "somewhere"
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03/03/2021 14:02:40 2 2
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That must be why they make millions and millions
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03/03/2021 14:07:03 9 3
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Remember Ryanair promised refunds to customers last year but suddenly, and without explanation, changed them all to credit notes?
Then Michael O'Leary was on all the tv panel shows crying about lockdowns.
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DrR
03/03/2021 14:24:13 3 1
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I know where they are going, if it is outside Aus, then it is to a quarantine hotel.
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03/03/2021 20:58:35 0 0
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Not everyone wants to go to Alicante, Tenergrief and Lanzagrotty . . . there's nothing wrong with going to a more obscure place and enjoying yourself . . . instead of being a boozed up lout on a tacky island.
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03/03/2021 12:28:49 7 6
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Britain considered a similar thing, but realised queuing airside at the airport would take up all of the passengers free time.
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03/03/2021 12:29:38 9 12
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Better to get a jobs strategy around a society encouraged to fly less. Retrain flight crews. I live near Heathrow and have loved the drastic cut in planes overhead, however, feel people in aviation need support in finding new careers
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03/03/2021 12:35:21 5 3
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Be ready for the backlash if you suggest that pilots, like ballet dancers, can retrain in IT...
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03/03/2021 12:49:06 0 2
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Or you need to find a new house, away from an airport which was probably there long before you elected to purchase said domestic residence. Just because you have no desire to fly and explore other cultures, why should everyone else be forced into the same narrowminded view of the World?
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03/03/2021 13:07:10 0 1
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Were you born there or did you move there and are now moaning about it, like the people who move next to Brands Hatch then complain about the noise.
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03/03/2021 12:31:31 93 28
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So when they say reduce global emissions is this what they had in mind? Flying planes around for no reason?
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03/03/2021 13:06:03 38 2
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As we depart Sydney we can now reveal our mystery destination....

Sydney.
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03/03/2021 13:26:02 3 4
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Well it's not no reason is it? It's a marketing ploy - sell trips to people who want to do something a bit different. It's a commercial activity, no different to what any other airline does. They aren't magicking planes out of thin air to do this, so there is no 'extra' carbon emitted.
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03/03/2021 15:32:41 0 1
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Air travel is a tiny % of global carbon emissions, spend your effort on the bigger targets.
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03/03/2021 12:22:36 267 72
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Great for the carbon footprint. A flight that goes nowhere, simply flying for the sake of flying... Wow!
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03/03/2021 12:31:32 140 56
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Aircraft need to fly after a period of time as part of their service schedule, putting paid passengers on those flights is a good way of covering some of the cost. They cannot stand idle indefinitely.
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03/03/2021 12:34:43 20 4
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Though normally those flights especially ones after a long period idle normally aren't meant to carry passengers until the plane is certified again?
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03/03/2021 12:36:39 17 5
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Put unwanted aircraft into long term storage. Something like the US have done.
I believe Australia has significant areas that are dry and little used.
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03/03/2021 12:36:55 19 10
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and putting paid passengers on them uses up much more fuel...
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03/03/2021 14:10:43 4 3
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Why not just scrap them?
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03/03/2021 14:42:56 4 4
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Nah, scrap them. Way too many planes.
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03/03/2021 15:29:49 1 1
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wrong. 'speak' they do not 'have to fly'. what utter tosh
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03/03/2021 15:44:27 0 0
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Why not
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03/03/2021 17:28:53 1 0
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So scrap them then. They are not being used.
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RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
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There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
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03/03/2021 12:31:53 4 2
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"Qantas was one of the first airlines to offer flights to nowhere, which take off and land at the same airport after low-level fly-bys of iconic Australian landmarks."

I guess you missed that part when reading the article.
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03/03/2021 12:32:24 0 3
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Dont go to Frankston
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03/03/2021 12:32:40 4 10
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Crikey. Didn’t Australia burn enough with climate change.
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03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
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If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
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03/03/2021 12:33:17 85 63
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They say travel broadens the mind, I'd say there are enough closed minds in the UK already.
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03/03/2021 13:20:06 4 5
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I love travel, but I get the ferry and drive... I haven't been in a plane for decades
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03/03/2021 13:38:04 0 0
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Do you want to re-read what you wrote. Surely it’s going to open up the closed minds, which you appear to think is a good thing.
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03/03/2021 16:50:47 0 0
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So very well said, some people are happy to waste their time at home. Life if for living...
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04/03/2021 02:28:02 0 0
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Think it's bad here - try the closed idiotic minds accross the pond.
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03/03/2021 12:22:48 5 5
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If they are using Boeing 737s, I do hope the "surprise" doesn't turn out to be a bad one!!
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03/03/2021 12:42:21 4 2
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That would depend on the variety of 737. The 737Max to which you are alluding is very different from the other members of the 737 family.
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03/03/2021 13:10:21 0 1
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Keep it up flights are getting cheaper.
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03/03/2021 12:33:51 17 8
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Must be 10 days in holiday Inn Heathrow at a cost of £1750. A bag of food at the door every day.
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jay
03/03/2021 12:34:09 4 12
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Just nuke the planet from orbit , please!
If the lockdown lovers get there way we will all be back to candles & mangles !

Furlough 19

I’m scared ??
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03/03/2021 12:48:00 4 1
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Their way*
If you're going to talk down to people, try to do it properly..
There's also no such thing as "lockdown lovers" no one loves the lockdown, but if people followed the rules in the first place, it wouldn't have gone on this long.
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03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
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I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
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03/03/2021 12:34:11 3 4
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Too damned right
And anyone who goes abroad should be spending 10 days at a luxury hotel near the airport they land courtesy of uk give at their expense
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03/03/2021 13:09:38 0 1
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Freedom! Once vaxed I'm off.
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03/03/2021 12:34:24 11 6
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Air New Zealand used to do something similar with day-trip flights over Antarctica. These stopped for a very sad reason, but which probably wouldn't happen today.
If Qantas did mystery flights over Antarctica, I'd love to go on one.
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03/03/2021 12:48:30 4 5
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As stated in the article they do - flights to nowhere from Melbourne out over the Antarctic and back.
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03/03/2021 12:31:32 140 56
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Aircraft need to fly after a period of time as part of their service schedule, putting paid passengers on those flights is a good way of covering some of the cost. They cannot stand idle indefinitely.
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03/03/2021 12:34:43 20 4
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Though normally those flights especially ones after a long period idle normally aren't meant to carry passengers until the plane is certified again?
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03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
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If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
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03/03/2021 12:35:02 15 22
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I know, maybe China should stop lying and get a grip on these pandemics they generate. Why should people stop having holidays because you say so. Life is to be lived, amazing sights to be seen. Or you can stay in your two bed semi and play on your PS or X Box for your worldly insights.
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03/03/2021 12:52:55 3 9
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China hardly has any covid
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03/03/2021 16:27:27 0 3
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Agree 100% mate.Though the self loathing,Britain hating lefties,will never agree...
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03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
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I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
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03/03/2021 12:35:05 1 3
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You should probably know by now that no one in England is sensible.
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03/03/2021 12:29:38 9 12
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Better to get a jobs strategy around a society encouraged to fly less. Retrain flight crews. I live near Heathrow and have loved the drastic cut in planes overhead, however, feel people in aviation need support in finding new careers
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03/03/2021 12:35:21 5 3
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Be ready for the backlash if you suggest that pilots, like ballet dancers, can retrain in IT...
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03/03/2021 12:45:35 2 1
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Wouldn't dream of it, however, at least for the next few years, there will be a surplus of people in aviation globally - not just pilots but cabin crew, baggage handlers, airport staff, head office staff etc. They need a plan that will be sustainable and encourages people to fly less
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03/03/2021 12:35:42 4 9
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Take a flight to another part of Australia that looks exactly the same as where you've come from. Weather and all.
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03/03/2021 12:45:22 9 1
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Sounds like you have no clue about the diversity of climate and topography in Australia
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03/03/2021 12:28:44 188 24
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We already have an airline that performs "flights to nowhere" they are called Ryanair.
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03/03/2021 12:35:43 59 33
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Ryanair actually have some interesting routes for those that want to visit the less touristy towns and cities in Europe.
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03/03/2021 12:41:11 5 6
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They once flew me to China, with a layover in Chernobyl.
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03/03/2021 12:27:14 58 54
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Have they borrowed this idea from Boris, he doesn't seem to know where he is going either.
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03/03/2021 12:35:45 46 39
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Well, if you can do better as a Prime Minister, why don't you run for office?
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GW
03/03/2021 12:46:50 9 9
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He wont give that job up needs to fill the Cons mates bank accounts more
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03/03/2021 12:55:23 5 2
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Too honest perhaps? Certainly isn't an intelligence issue.
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03/03/2021 14:31:02 3 1
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That is a terrible argument - you could justify any act of incompetence with that viewpoint.
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03/03/2021 14:56:03 0 0
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No sane or honest person wants the job.
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03/03/2021 12:31:32 140 56
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Aircraft need to fly after a period of time as part of their service schedule, putting paid passengers on those flights is a good way of covering some of the cost. They cannot stand idle indefinitely.
33
03/03/2021 12:36:39 17 5
bbc
Put unwanted aircraft into long term storage. Something like the US have done.
I believe Australia has significant areas that are dry and little used.
16
03/03/2021 12:31:32 140 56
bbc
Aircraft need to fly after a period of time as part of their service schedule, putting paid passengers on those flights is a good way of covering some of the cost. They cannot stand idle indefinitely.
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03/03/2021 12:36:55 19 10
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and putting paid passengers on them uses up much more fuel...
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03/03/2021 12:22:36 267 72
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Great for the carbon footprint. A flight that goes nowhere, simply flying for the sake of flying... Wow!
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03/03/2021 12:37:04 30 33
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Maybe have a go at China, India, Poland and Germany for burning coal. It'll take a lot more flights to generate the C02 that the above countries emit in a day....Get real.
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03/03/2021 12:46:46 35 8
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They presumably burn coal to keep the lights and heating on and other things essential for a modern industrial society to function, not for a pointless day trip.
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03/03/2021 12:53:41 8 5
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EU emits more diesel particulates than those countries
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03/03/2021 15:19:22 0 0
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So that’s a reason for never changing - because someone else doing something worse... hmm
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03/03/2021 15:42:58 0 1
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you forgot USA
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RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
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There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
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03/03/2021 12:37:23 4 2
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Did you really vote for the Australian gov't?
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03/03/2021 12:37:26 3 7
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Crikey mate! What a bl00dy terrible idea.

Skull a couple of tinnies, let's get the shrimps on the barbie, keep the Sheilas happy instead.

No wackers. G'day to you.
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jay
03/03/2021 12:42:53 2 1
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Any flights mate to walk about creek ?
Strueff
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RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
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There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
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03/03/2021 12:37:50 2 2
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They're not doing mystery flights to Canada, do'h
I do not think there would be much choice for Britons. With British passport depreciation post Brexit and EU and many other countries pushing for green passports with approved inoculations by their local regulators the only question Britons would face - will you be landing in Glasgow, Liverpool or Middlesbrough? Solved your mysteries for today? Sorry to spoil your fun.
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03/03/2021 12:47:10 2 3
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EU is full of Covid ...geeen passports? what a joke EU has the slowest vaccine role out in the world
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03/03/2021 13:02:05 1 1
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Always wanted to fly from Luton to East Midlands Airport.
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03/03/2021 12:38:16 69 38
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Environmental vandalism of the highest order - Quantas hand you head in shame.
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03/03/2021 12:47:10 25 45
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The article is in regard to Qantas, not Quantas whoever they are!
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03/03/2021 13:42:12 6 1
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Qantas are trying to safeguard their business and many employees - as are most of us!
Grow up FFS. Removed
Removed
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03/03/2021 17:26:18 0 0
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Call yourself pedants? You're just going to let "hand your head in shame" go?
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03/03/2021 12:38:19 7 7
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For those that think its way to scary or are in fear for whatever reason, don’t worry, no one will force you to go on an airplane, you will be perfectly free to stay at home for the rest of your life if you wish, but maybe no lecture others on what they should do.
52
03/03/2021 12:43:35 8 3
bbc
But you will be forced to breathe the polluted air. So maybe do worry a little bit.
42
03/03/2021 12:38:37 18 8
bbc
Australians must be pretty hard up for entertainment if this sounds like a good idea
62
03/03/2021 12:46:00 11 22
bbc
Do you say the same about those doing staycations in the UK?
70
03/03/2021 12:48:35 4 3
bbc
Just put your washing machine on and look through the "porthole" during the cycle whilst eating crappy microwaved ready meals and chugging a few spirits miniatures.
159
03/03/2021 13:31:56 0 3
bbc
They are, they don’t have the BBC..............
193
03/03/2021 13:41:58 2 0
bbc
Have you seen their Cricket teams exploits lately? ??
357
03/03/2021 17:07:12 0 0
bbc
Well, they did invent Neighbours and Home and Away.
G’day Mr Fishah!
3
03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
bbc
If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
43
03/03/2021 12:29:55 10 11
bbc
What utter nonsense! Just you wait to it’s over and see those sky’s filled up nicely again
11
03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
bbc
I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
44
03/03/2021 12:30:09 2 2
bbc
No thank you!
8
03/03/2021 12:26:25 56 22
bbc
Mystery flight - your health at the end of it will be a mystery.
Think I'll give it a Skippy.
45
03/03/2021 12:30:50 8 10
bbc
Doubt it
46
03/03/2021 12:39:45 1 1
bbc
Next week there will be a story about a plane load of aussies stuck in quarantine because the airline missed a deadline to get them back home before the latest lockdown started.
73
03/03/2021 12:49:23 1 1
bbc
Covid flights next.
47
03/03/2021 12:39:54 35 8
bbc
I'm confused - one bit of the article says the flight doesn't land and does low fly past of "iconic Australian Landmarks" taking off and landing at the same airport and another bit states you go on wine-making and snorkelling tours - bit tricky on board.....
53
03/03/2021 12:43:56 29 3
bbc
They are two different options. A flight to nowhere or a flight to nowhere much
298
03/03/2021 15:24:18 0 2
bbc
That's because you need to work on your reading comprehension.
31
03/03/2021 12:35:43 59 33
bbc
Ryanair actually have some interesting routes for those that want to visit the less touristy towns and cities in Europe.
48
03/03/2021 12:41:11 5 6
bbc
They once flew me to China, with a layover in Chernobyl.
234
03/03/2021 14:22:38 8 0
bbc
Chernobyl is in fact a fascinating place to visit, well worth checking it out, you really can do organised tours.
21
03/03/2021 12:22:48 5 5
bbc
If they are using Boeing 737s, I do hope the "surprise" doesn't turn out to be a bad one!!
49
03/03/2021 12:42:21 4 2
bbc
That would depend on the variety of 737. The 737Max to which you are alluding is very different from the other members of the 737 family.
37
03/03/2021 12:37:26 3 7
bbc
Crikey mate! What a bl00dy terrible idea.

Skull a couple of tinnies, let's get the shrimps on the barbie, keep the Sheilas happy instead.

No wackers. G'day to you.
50
jay
03/03/2021 12:42:53 2 1
bbc
Any flights mate to walk about creek ?
Strueff
51
03/03/2021 12:43:05 9 4
bbc
A “monkey” to go round the block in a plane ?! I always thought the country was off its rocker, this just reaffirms that assertion.
41
03/03/2021 12:38:19 7 7
bbc
For those that think its way to scary or are in fear for whatever reason, don’t worry, no one will force you to go on an airplane, you will be perfectly free to stay at home for the rest of your life if you wish, but maybe no lecture others on what they should do.
52
03/03/2021 12:43:35 8 3
bbc
But you will be forced to breathe the polluted air. So maybe do worry a little bit.
119
03/03/2021 13:03:11 0 1
bbc
Hope you don't moan about HS2 as the intent is to increase freight onto rail thus reducing emissions, as well as faster journey times.
138
03/03/2021 13:12:28 0 1
bbc
Only at 30k feet
47
03/03/2021 12:39:54 35 8
bbc
I'm confused - one bit of the article says the flight doesn't land and does low fly past of "iconic Australian Landmarks" taking off and landing at the same airport and another bit states you go on wine-making and snorkelling tours - bit tricky on board.....
53
03/03/2021 12:43:56 29 3
bbc
They are two different options. A flight to nowhere or a flight to nowhere much
102
03/03/2021 13:00:50 2 1
bbc
Or a parachute jump?
54
jay
03/03/2021 12:44:02 13 6
bbc
????” for the memory of a lifetime...
Recall recall, recall

Get your ass to Mars
155
03/03/2021 13:29:02 28 5
bbc
Why would you take a donkey to Mars?

Ass is a stupid Americanism, it's arse.
323
03/03/2021 16:05:19 1 0
bbc
"Johnny Cabs" - what driverless cars will become... We'll all have 'em!
384
04/03/2021 02:39:56 0 0
bbc
???
5
03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
bbc
If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
55
03/03/2021 12:44:05 2 1
bbc
What I do is take a 2nd plastic liquids bag at security, blow it up with air and then just breath that during my flight... :-)
5
03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
bbc
If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
56
03/03/2021 12:44:15 2 1
bbc
I suggest you talk to a pilot, or a member of cabin crew, or do a little research. The air in the cabin is probably cleaner than the air in your local high street.
162
03/03/2021 13:32:53 0 0
bbc
Yeah, talk to a cabin crew member that has suffered from toxic cabin air from oil fumes entering the cabin from the engines. They'll tell you how clean it is.

https://www.unitelegalservices.org/services/toxic-cabin-air
9
03/03/2021 12:26:44 22 6
bbc
Old idea; Ryan Air did this back in 2017/2018 - the mystery element being, due to a cock up with pilot holidays, was would they honor the flight or just cancel it....
57
03/03/2021 12:44:42 5 5
bbc
It' actually based on an idea that was popular in the 1990's.
30
03/03/2021 12:35:42 4 9
bbc
Take a flight to another part of Australia that looks exactly the same as where you've come from. Weather and all.
58
03/03/2021 12:45:22 9 1
bbc
Sounds like you have no clue about the diversity of climate and topography in Australia
59
03/03/2021 12:45:22 5 5
bbc
Lol, I remember me and my auntie going on a mystery tour. "Allocation at airport" they were great! We ended up in Majorca, all-inclusive for £120 per person. I say we should bring these back now
163
03/03/2021 13:34:03 2 0
bbc
There won't be much need though will there? As soon as we can travel again you know that everyone will be off on holiday. I owe myself at least 3 holidays this year!
29
03/03/2021 12:35:21 5 3
bbc
Be ready for the backlash if you suggest that pilots, like ballet dancers, can retrain in IT...
60
03/03/2021 12:45:35 2 1
bbc
Wouldn't dream of it, however, at least for the next few years, there will be a surplus of people in aviation globally - not just pilots but cabin crew, baggage handlers, airport staff, head office staff etc. They need a plan that will be sustainable and encourages people to fly less
61
03/03/2021 12:45:46 120 36
bbc
Went on a mystery flight to Barnard castle

But the pilot couldn't see and we wound up in port Stanley
121
03/03/2021 13:04:16 23 43
bbc
Hilarious top hole. What a wit you are.
171
03/03/2021 13:36:31 4 1
bbc
Not surprised, the runway is extremely short at Barnard Castle.
202
03/03/2021 13:55:10 0 1
bbc
Do you mean Stanley, Co. Durham, or Port Stanley somewhere out there in the erstwhile British Empire?
216
03/03/2021 14:07:10 3 0
bbc
Barnard Castle.

Will this be OED's new word/phrase of 2020?

HYS alone will see it propelled to the top of the tables.
236
CJR
03/03/2021 14:23:22 5 7
bbc
Yawn ?? so boring now
239
03/03/2021 14:24:53 2 2
bbc
Did you bump into Dominic while you were there?
42
03/03/2021 12:38:37 18 8
bbc
Australians must be pretty hard up for entertainment if this sounds like a good idea
62
03/03/2021 12:46:00 11 22
bbc
Do you say the same about those doing staycations in the UK?
107
03/03/2021 13:02:05 2 2
bbc
No, because the advantage of staycations is avoiding airports, somewhat different to putting a polluting airliner up in the air twice in one day just to visit a vineyard or paddle in the sea.
351
03/03/2021 16:51:48 1 0
bbc
Argh, stop calling a holiday in the UK a staycation! Staying at home is a staycation, if you leave the house it's a holiday.
63
03/03/2021 12:46:39 16 9
bbc
Aus Immigration don't let you in if you have a criminal record. (Was a time it was compulsory.)

So if you get into a scrap on the plane, do you have to stay on it for he rest of your life?
186
03/03/2021 13:44:01 3 1
bbc
No, they divert to Christmas Island and dump you there!
35
03/03/2021 12:37:04 30 33
bbc
Maybe have a go at China, India, Poland and Germany for burning coal. It'll take a lot more flights to generate the C02 that the above countries emit in a day....Get real.
64
03/03/2021 12:46:46 35 8
bbc
They presumably burn coal to keep the lights and heating on and other things essential for a modern industrial society to function, not for a pointless day trip.
92
03/03/2021 12:55:38 26 26
bbc
Jesus, I bet you can't wait for the day were they insert a holiday experience by chip into your brain and you just remain catatonic.
328
03/03/2021 16:19:48 0 0
bbc
Whilst being the worlds largest producer of solar panels and storage cells (China that is), yet still they burn coal (and very dirty coal at that)
32
03/03/2021 12:35:45 46 39
bbc
Well, if you can do better as a Prime Minister, why don't you run for office?
65
GW
03/03/2021 12:46:50 9 9
bbc
He wont give that job up needs to fill the Cons mates bank accounts more
90
03/03/2021 12:54:48 11 4
bbc
I'm pretty sure you can vote against him in a general election. He's not a dictator, he's democratically elected.
173
03/03/2021 13:36:57 2 1
bbc
You might want to look at the ex-labour PM's. Just saying....
40
03/03/2021 12:38:16 69 38
bbc
Environmental vandalism of the highest order - Quantas hand you head in shame.
66
03/03/2021 12:47:10 25 45
bbc
The article is in regard to Qantas, not Quantas whoever they are!
76
03/03/2021 12:49:51 15 5
bbc
Blimey, that's a level of pedantic that even I'm not willing to go to.
106
03/03/2021 13:02:05 2 4
bbc
I’d forgive that, just as I would Q(u)atar Neither the company nor the country know how to use a ‘q’??
191
03/03/2021 13:37:53 1 5
bbc
Pedantry, Worse than Sarcasm.
67
03/03/2021 12:47:45 1 2
bbc
For Aus and NZ cutting themselves off has been doable - they have empty hotels to use for limited quarantine

The problem occurs if the C19 remains in circulation and they don't get all their vulnerable effectively vaccinated (could they sacrifice 20% of 20% of their over 80's - 5%)

Airports will be the place where traveller en route pick C19 up just in time to give to their destination hosts
77
03/03/2021 12:52:21 3 5
bbc
Australia's vaccination program started a few weeks ago.....

Being an island, the UK could have similarly shut down but chose not to. The Result = world beating numbers of death & economic destruction.
23
jay
03/03/2021 12:34:09 4 12
bbc
Just nuke the planet from orbit , please!
If the lockdown lovers get there way we will all be back to candles & mangles !

Furlough 19

I’m scared ??
68
03/03/2021 12:48:00 4 1
bbc
Their way*
If you're going to talk down to people, try to do it properly..
There's also no such thing as "lockdown lovers" no one loves the lockdown, but if people followed the rules in the first place, it wouldn't have gone on this long.
25
03/03/2021 12:34:24 11 6
bbc
Air New Zealand used to do something similar with day-trip flights over Antarctica. These stopped for a very sad reason, but which probably wouldn't happen today.
If Qantas did mystery flights over Antarctica, I'd love to go on one.
69
03/03/2021 12:48:30 4 5
bbc
As stated in the article they do - flights to nowhere from Melbourne out over the Antarctic and back.
42
03/03/2021 12:38:37 18 8
bbc
Australians must be pretty hard up for entertainment if this sounds like a good idea
70
03/03/2021 12:48:35 4 3
bbc
Just put your washing machine on and look through the "porthole" during the cycle whilst eating crappy microwaved ready meals and chugging a few spirits miniatures.
71
Tom
03/03/2021 12:48:54 108 25
bbc
I agree with most things that involve seeing friends & family but if we go back to the way we travelled before, it would be absolute ridiculous.

The 1 positive thing from COVID is we have learned the endless commutes (plane, car, or public transport) are not needed for jobs involving a laptop. We spend more locally, have a far better work/life balance & are more productive than we were prior.
111
03/03/2021 12:52:07 1 12
bbc
you can see journalists on covid wards in Britain so why not
178
03/03/2021 13:40:41 13 11
bbc
Utter rubbish, working from home and seeing nothing but the same four walls day in, day out is driving me crazy. So thanks but no thanks! you can lock yourself up if you want. And productivity drops dramatically when you are depressed, alone and not monitored. This will be realised once we return to normality. Commuting is bad but home working is worse.
204
03/03/2021 13:56:24 8 6
bbc
Except there is absolutely no evidence we are more productive. It suits certain narratives certainly, but only when those narratives are backed up by the economics is it actually an argument.
265
03/03/2021 14:47:47 4 4
bbc
It is not a positive thing. Virtual/ home working has more negatives than positives for the economy and society and we need to snap out of it asap.
303
03/03/2021 15:37:29 0 1
bbc
I don't know who it is, but when measures were more relaxed last summer, someone took a fold-able desk and chair to the local park and worked there all day.
350
03/03/2021 16:55:34 1 0
bbc
I agree perhaps it isn't essential to be in an office full-time. However, there are definite disadvantages to working from home. Easy to be distracted, exercise levels drop, eating/drinking increase, social interaction ceases. Over a period of time colleagues become strangers (people move jobs/retire, replaced by people you've never met). Being with just my partner 24h a day drives me crazy.
363
03/03/2021 17:22:14 1 0
bbc
Except, it is impossible to form an "electronic" relationship. Human beings need to be in the same room at some point.
14
03/03/2021 12:29:38 9 12
bbc
Better to get a jobs strategy around a society encouraged to fly less. Retrain flight crews. I live near Heathrow and have loved the drastic cut in planes overhead, however, feel people in aviation need support in finding new careers
72
03/03/2021 12:49:06 0 2
bbc
Or you need to find a new house, away from an airport which was probably there long before you elected to purchase said domestic residence. Just because you have no desire to fly and explore other cultures, why should everyone else be forced into the same narrowminded view of the World?
101
03/03/2021 12:59:49 1 1
bbc
The environment. I love travelling & go abroad most years but I haven't been on a plane since 2018. I have chosen not to travel for business unless absolutely critical. The house point is fair, I actually live 20 miles away, my next door neighbour used to be a jumbo pilot. I know people up the road who are pilots & cabin crew - all of them redundant. It's an awful situation for them
46
03/03/2021 12:39:45 1 1
bbc
Next week there will be a story about a plane load of aussies stuck in quarantine because the airline missed a deadline to get them back home before the latest lockdown started.
73
03/03/2021 12:49:23 1 1
bbc
Covid flights next.
3
03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
bbc
If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
74
03/03/2021 12:49:37 17 17
bbc
Humans are very stupid in the main. One day we won't have enough oil for essential tasks like transporting or growing food (tractors etc). We'll have wasted it flying aircraft on pointless day trips, as well as manufacturing millions of cars every year also to be used to drive millions of miles a year pointlessly. It will all end badly. But we're too thick to notice or care.
11
03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
bbc
I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
75
03/03/2021 12:49:40 0 2
bbc
In your narrow minded opinion it is. Stay safe behind that sofa!
66
03/03/2021 12:47:10 25 45
bbc
The article is in regard to Qantas, not Quantas whoever they are!
76
03/03/2021 12:49:51 15 5
bbc
Blimey, that's a level of pedantic that even I'm not willing to go to.
118
03/03/2021 13:03:10 5 4
bbc
You presumably mean pedantry??. Sorry to be a canting hypocrite ??
290
NJO
03/03/2021 15:08:21 5 1
bbc
QANTAS is just short for Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services
67
03/03/2021 12:47:45 1 2
bbc
For Aus and NZ cutting themselves off has been doable - they have empty hotels to use for limited quarantine

The problem occurs if the C19 remains in circulation and they don't get all their vulnerable effectively vaccinated (could they sacrifice 20% of 20% of their over 80's - 5%)

Airports will be the place where traveller en route pick C19 up just in time to give to their destination hosts
77
03/03/2021 12:52:21 3 5
bbc
Australia's vaccination program started a few weeks ago.....

Being an island, the UK could have similarly shut down but chose not to. The Result = world beating numbers of death & economic destruction.
93
03/03/2021 12:55:40 0 1
bbc
Yeah, but at least the wealthy haven't had to endure any travel disruptions.
We wouldn't want that.
122
03/03/2021 13:04:49 0 1
bbc
Uk is not like Australia. For one thing there are thousands of lorries travelling between us and Europe every day. How many ferries visit Australia every day?
253
03/03/2021 14:34:49 0 0
bbc
Notice the word effectively - that means both getting the vaccine and it working

Aussies are a bit more non-compliant that Pome's - hence non-voting is illegal

If there is a proper non-compliance proportion deaths are inevitable
78
03/03/2021 12:44:34 2 8
bbc
Australia has done well to keep Covid levels down. UK and Boris left borders open for everyone to fly into the country

UK favours outsiders over citizens
79
03/03/2021 12:45:03 1 4
bbc
Surely everybody will be able to work out any mystery destination, it'll be the places which it costs the lest to fly a plane to. So distance + landing fees = to the cheapest destination.
5
03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
bbc
If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
80
03/03/2021 12:45:08 0 1
bbc
air is recirculated on the plane
2
RJ
03/03/2021 12:23:10 5 10
bbc
There we have it - this'll be the way around our quarantine rules and immigration system.

'We didn't know we were coming here?!?!?!'

Is this what we voted for?
81
03/03/2021 12:45:36 0 3
bbc
what immigration system. UK has open borders to the world
82
03/03/2021 12:46:36 9 14
bbc
In the 1990s we were far less worried about greenhouse emissions due to flights.

Encouraging flying for the sheer hell of it is highly irresponsible and extremely selfish. But then again Australia has never taken any responsibility for its contribution to global warming.
105
03/03/2021 13:01:40 6 5
bbc
Read some real science instead of parroting the likes of Greta Thunberg, Al Gore and the once entertaining David Attenborough. Carbon dioxide is not a significant greenhouse gas. It does not influence climate change , but rises only after temperatures rise.
I do not think there would be much choice for Britons. With British passport depreciation post Brexit and EU and many other countries pushing for green passports with approved inoculations by their local regulators the only question Britons would face - will you be landing in Glasgow, Liverpool or Middlesbrough? Solved your mysteries for today? Sorry to spoil your fun.
83
03/03/2021 12:47:10 2 3
bbc
EU is full of Covid ...geeen passports? what a joke EU has the slowest vaccine role out in the world
12
03/03/2021 12:28:44 188 24
bbc
We already have an airline that performs "flights to nowhere" they are called Ryanair.
84
03/03/2021 12:48:02 17 10
bbc
Ryanair just flies around EU importing covid back to UK
11
03/03/2021 12:28:24 12 14
bbc
I’ll be staying in the UK this year, advise others to do the same. It’s the sensible thing to do.
85
03/03/2021 12:48:20 0 1
bbc
airports have always been open
10
03/03/2021 12:27:14 58 54
bbc
Have they borrowed this idea from Boris, he doesn't seem to know where he is going either.
86
03/03/2021 12:48:58 2 2
bbc
He went to Caribbean British territory last year his dad went to Greece
3
03/03/2021 12:23:16 172 71
bbc
If we've learnt nothing from the pandemic, it should be that society needs to get used to less air travel not more! A disaster from both an environmental and an epidemiological perspective.
87
03/03/2021 12:49:40 7 7
bbc
or everyone should be vaccinated for everything before travel
6
03/03/2021 12:25:45 11 2
bbc
It's for domestic flights within Australia though?
88
03/03/2021 12:50:17 0 5
bbc
domestic flights in UK are rare
287
03/03/2021 15:05:05 1 0
bbc
No they are not lmao
89
03/03/2021 12:53:59 21 9
bbc
My Grandfather drove a coach on a mystery tour everyone on board paid a pound to enter a sweepstake as to where their tour would go too.

My grandfather won the £50 pound prize.
284
03/03/2021 15:01:13 1 1
bbc
If only he hadn't spent £200 on petrol, you would own a bus company today.
65
GW
03/03/2021 12:46:50 9 9
bbc
He wont give that job up needs to fill the Cons mates bank accounts more
90
03/03/2021 12:54:48 11 4
bbc
I'm pretty sure you can vote against him in a general election. He's not a dictator, he's democratically elected.
100
03/03/2021 12:58:56 3 7
bbc
We will.
32
03/03/2021 12:35:45 46 39
bbc
Well, if you can do better as a Prime Minister, why don't you run for office?
91
03/03/2021 12:55:23 5 2
bbc
Too honest perhaps? Certainly isn't an intelligence issue.
103
03/03/2021 13:00:58 7 7
bbc
The only argument I like less is when people say, "I could have done better" go on then go get involved in politics, but ofcourse, they never do.
64
03/03/2021 12:46:46 35 8
bbc
They presumably burn coal to keep the lights and heating on and other things essential for a modern industrial society to function, not for a pointless day trip.
92
03/03/2021 12:55:38 26 26
bbc
Jesus, I bet you can't wait for the day were they insert a holiday experience by chip into your brain and you just remain catatonic.
98
03/03/2021 12:57:30 41 23
bbc
Most of humanity for most of its history never went on 'holidays', it's a narcissistic modern invention made possible due to cheap travel, which cannot possibly be sustained in a world of finite resources, whether you like it or not. Sorry if you see that as being a spoilsport, it's called reality.
311
03/03/2021 15:46:56 2 0
bbc
Get ya arse to Mars
Get ya arse to Mars
Get ya arse to Mars
Get ya arse to Ma.............
349
03/03/2021 16:54:32 0 0
bbc
Total recall springs to mind but people would still complain when the memory implant failed and ended up lobotomised.
77
03/03/2021 12:52:21 3 5
bbc
Australia's vaccination program started a few weeks ago.....

Being an island, the UK could have similarly shut down but chose not to. The Result = world beating numbers of death & economic destruction.
93
03/03/2021 12:55:40 0 1
bbc
Yeah, but at least the wealthy haven't had to endure any travel disruptions.
We wouldn't want that.
94
03/03/2021 12:55:53 1 6
bbc
Is this for people who are indecisive or is this adventurous? Either way, no thanks.
5
03/03/2021 12:24:56 9 15
bbc
If I'm honest, I think it would help sales if airlines simply improved the air up there.

We all know they skimp on the air filtration and oxygen content, which is terrifying in a pandemic.

Telling me I'm going 'somewhere secret' when I'm being forced to breathe other people's farts, sneezes and coughs is a no sell. Thanks.
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03/03/2021 12:56:13 1 1
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The airflow of a Plane is probably the safest in all modes of travel, it's filtered several times before it gets back in to the cabin.
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03/03/2021 12:56:43 38 5
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In the 1950s & 60s, 'mystery tours' by coach were popular in the UK. I knew someone who went on one while on holiday (it was a rainy day), and ended up back in their home town!
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03/03/2021 13:11:14 7 6
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This is actually very true.
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03/03/2021 13:26:51 1 2
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I could do that today easily, just don't use my Sat Nav and I could anywhere - become so dependant!
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03/03/2021 14:04:50 1 3
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TB was also very popular in the 1950's. Some things are best left eradicated.
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03/03/2021 14:08:08 1 1
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Used to be a regular Sunday evening trip out when I was younger.

Driver would leave bus station and after 2/3 miles pull over and ask us where we wanted to go that week.

After a vote we'd end up in a town or village where we could have a town around 5/6 pubs before reboarding and home for last orders.

Loved them.
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03/03/2021 15:04:11 2 1
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This happened to my Gran. She went home and caught up on some house work before catching the bus back to her ‘holiday’
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03/03/2021 12:28:44 188 24
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We already have an airline that performs "flights to nowhere" they are called Ryanair.
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03/03/2021 12:57:25 5 8
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Or easyjet
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03/03/2021 12:55:38 26 26
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Jesus, I bet you can't wait for the day were they insert a holiday experience by chip into your brain and you just remain catatonic.
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03/03/2021 12:57:30 41 23
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Most of humanity for most of its history never went on 'holidays', it's a narcissistic modern invention made possible due to cheap travel, which cannot possibly be sustained in a world of finite resources, whether you like it or not. Sorry if you see that as being a spoilsport, it's called reality.
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03/03/2021 13:11:15 17 15
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You are a bundle of laughs.
To each their own, but I won't tell you what you should be doing, that's your choice.
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03/03/2021 13:28:38 6 1
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The idea of breaks or 'Holidays' were around during the Roman period. Soldiers could take a break after a few years.
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03/03/2021 14:08:48 7 1
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So, should we all live in caves, and hunt our own dinner?

After all that's what we used to do!
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03/03/2021 16:42:38 0 1
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Most of humanity, for most of its history, never had the internet either. And thousands of other, highly beneficial items. If you don't like progress then become a hermit and get off HYS
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03/03/2021 21:06:14 0 0
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Most of humanity for most of its history never went out on "holidays" because there wasn't enough disposable income and, crucially, not fast methods of travel. Heck, back in Edo era Japan some people would hire dog handlers to send money via dogs to temples for pilgrimages because the travel would take a month or more. Plus many places need tourism for their economies.
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03/03/2021 12:57:55 5 13
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Personally I’d like to send our useless government on a one way flight with a broken auto pilot and limited fuel.
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03/03/2021 13:11:00 3 3
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Hilarious old chap.
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03/03/2021 13:22:07 0 0
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It would make a great Reality Show.

Give them ten parachutes, eight of them badly packed.

Then sit back and watch the fun.
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03/03/2021 12:54:48 11 4
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I'm pretty sure you can vote against him in a general election. He's not a dictator, he's democratically elected.
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03/03/2021 12:58:56 3 7
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We will.