Air Traffic Controller Slurs & Blacks Out While Working Alone, A Marriott Stalker & More!

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Travel Tabloids – Weekly Roundup

Travel Tabloids is a collection of the craziest travel related stories from around the web for the previous week or so.  Instead of gumming up your feed reporting on these as they happen we will post them all together, once per week.

I think people find these stories fun and/or interesting and hopefully it helps give you a little distraction in the middle of your work week.  If you find any crazy or funny articles that you think should make it into Travel Tabloids email me at


This woman was stalked by a creepy guy at a Marriott hotel but the hotel staff did next to nothing.  The man was placing notes under her door.  It also took the Marriott Twitter team around 10 hours to respond even though multiple people were tagging them.  Not a good look for Marriott or the local police for that matter. I am glad she made it out safely.

Las Vegas airport controller heard slurring her words as alarmed pilots respond – CBS News

You can listen to the audio here.  Pretty scary when the person controlling traffic at an airport as busy as LAS to goes dark for almost an hour.  I am glad the pilots were able to navigate it safely on their own.  How does an airport have controllers working on their own though.  What if the person has a stroke, which is what my first thought was here, and there is no one else there?  This came from the incident:

“On Friday, the FAA changed its staffing rules to ensure two controllers in the tower before midnight.”

It should be at all times though.

American Airlines flight attendants headed to court over midflight brawl – Fox News
Lie detector tests at airport security? Yep, it’s coming – USA Today

This sounded like adding more time to the process when I originally saw it.  But the way they explain it I think it could make it more seamless.  It takes the human element out of the equation.  The only issue is the IT must be good; if it is poorly done then it could be a hot mess.

That does it for this week’s edition of Travel Tabloids.  I hope you got a few chuckles and interesting reads out of the collection.  Hopefully it made the middle of the work week go a little bit faster.  Let me know if you find anything interesting via email ( or in the comments section.  Also let me know which story you found most interesting this week.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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