Aviation

Turbulent flight leaves 20 per cent of passengers vomiting

An Air New Zealand crew is being showered with praise for the way they handled strong turbulence during a flight into Invercargill Airport on Wednesday.

The turbulence was so bad one passenger estimated around 20 per cent of those on board were vomiting.

Which sounds like a nightmare, if you ask us.

But many passengers have praised the airline for the way they dealt with the ordeal.

Owen Scott was onboard the flight, which was travelling to Christchurch, and said the pilot told passengers he was dealing with 180kmph crosswinds.

“I would say he had his work cut out, he would have been busy up there. I think Air New Zealand did a great job, I think the pilot deserves a medal,” he told SMH.

Air New Zealand Boeing 777

Scott estimated that the plane was rocked by strong turbulence for all but 10 minutes of the flight.

He also admitted he could not fault the care shown by Air New Zealand staff during and after the flight.

The airline said in a statement the flight made a normal landing in Invercargill, however, emergency services were on hand to provide assistance to some customers who were feeling unwell.

“Air New Zealand offered customers travelling on the flight a full refund in recognition of their experience, and customers also had the option of attending a debrief with the flight crew,” the airline said.

“At least one customer has contacted the airline saying the refund offer is appreciated but unnecessary.

“He and his travelling companion specifically praised the pilots and crew for their exceptional management of the flight and highlighted the excellent care they received on arrival in Invercargill.”

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Road & Rail

Tourism

Kiwi rail journey provider closes outdoor carriages due to dangerous selfies

Passengers’ risky behaviour in search of the ultimate selfie has forced the closure of some iconic train viewing platforms.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel Agents

Afterpay expands into travel with lay-by holiday offering

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel Weekly’s editor is planning to lay-by a holiday as soon as he finishes paying off a Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set from Kmart.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

At least 29 people killed in Madeira tourist bus crash

by Ali Coulton

The driver reportedly lost control of the bus before it plunged off the road and rolled down a hill.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

India’s Jet Airways collapses due to funding shortage

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s turning out to be a day of collapses this fine Thursday, with the office chair of Travel Weekly’s editor having just given way to his posterior.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad to operate entirely plastic-free flight for Earth Day

This Earth Day, Travel Weekly is committing to slapping single-use coffee cups out of the hands of at least three commuters on our way to work. They’ll thank us when they recover from the burns.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia to no longer be a controlled company following new acquisition

Online travel behemoth Expedia has broken the shackles and surfaced from its parent’s basement looking rather healthy, rather than malnourished and disheveled.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

One in five Aussies admit to missing their pets more than their kids when they go away

Pet owners across Australia are no doubt preparing to say tearful goodbyes to their furry life partners before going away this Easter, while simultaneously flipping off their kids.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Qantas Holidays rewards premium agents, Bench Africa famil + more!

Does seeing all the famil pictures in our agent wraps make you green with envy? Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to come into work for the next four days. We know we are.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Preferred hotels & resorts new members, Australia gets a second voco + more!

We took a 10-minute break from scoffing Easter eggs to bring you up to date with all the latest hotel openings and deals. You’re welcome.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Tourism

Travel Agents

Wholesalers

Why you need to attend the Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow

The Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow is just around the corner! Here’s why YOU need to be there.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival cruise ship rescues dozens of people adrift at sea

A Carnival cruise ship has gone all Baywatch and saved the day by helping rescue a vessel carrying more than 20 passengers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WTF? Air stewards are selling unwashed uniforms on eBay

Inspired by this story, Travel Weekly’s editor is attempting to sell a pair of his unwashed Calvin Klein briefs on Gumtree, all for a low, low price of $1.25 plus shipping.

Share

CommentComments