Boozing Fuels Britons ‘Bad Behavior Abroad’

LONDON ~ Bad behaviour abroad, often fuelled by excessive drinking, has sent the number of Britons arrested overseas soaring, a report by the Foreign Office showed this week.

In its annual report, British Behaviour Abroad, the Foreign Office said “many arrests” of Britons abroad were due to “behaviour caused by excessive drinking.”

Arrests in Spain went up by a third (32 percent) to 2,032 – the highest number of any country – in the April 2006-March 2007 period reviewed.

EU to Publish List of Items Banned on Planes

BRUSSELS, August 8, 2008 (AFP) – The European Commission announced it will make public the lists of items that passengers may not bring on planes as cabin baggage, ahead of an expected European court ruling on the issue.

Its vice president, Antonio Tajani, in charge of transport issues, said the original decision to keep the list out of the public domain had been made for security reasons, in the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001 and later attempts to bring down transatlantic flights departing from Europe.

The list of prohibited items, circulated to reporters in Brussels, includes all firearms as well as toy guns and knives.

Malaysia, China to ‘Lead Regional Travel Growth’

SINGAPORE ~ Travellers from China and Malaysia are expected to lead tourist industry growth in the Asia-Pacific region during the second half of 2008, a survey released on Wednesday showed.

Outbound trips from Singapore, South Korea and Thailand are also expected to see double-digit growth as travel demand remains robust despite rising inflation and higher fuel prices, credit card firm MasterCard said.

Travellers in the Asia-Pacific are expected to make 88.3 million trips – for business and leisure – in the second half of 2008, with Malaysia and China accounting for more than half of the departures, it said.

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