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Air Canada runway accident

An Air Canada Airbus A320 has been damaged landing at Halifax airport.

A plane has made an "abrupt" landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather.

JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

JetBlue pilot captain Clayton Osbon is removed from the plane after erratic behaviour forced the crew to land in Amarillo, Texas.

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

Buyer beware when booking online

Waikiki in Honolulu is the most famous stretch of beach on Oahu, Hawaii.

With $2000 ready, a question nagged at my mind. Why is the money going to a bank in Poland?

Fog disrupts Auckland flights

HOLIDAY OVER: Matt and Claire Fistonich are waiting for a flight home to the Kapiti Coast.

Low cloud in Auckland delayed or cancelled more than 30 flights.

Thais smile through gritted teeth

Chinese tourists visit the Emerald Buddha Temple in Bangkok.

Drying underwear at a temple and defecating in public; that's a sample from a litany of complaints about Chinese tourists.

How to avoid travel scams gallery

PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Thai ladyboys wait for customers outside a bar in the red light district September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly arrests in the popular sex tourism district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

They're ingenious, the ways that the scam artists of the world have found to separate you from your cash and valuables.

Nothing to declare here video

SUITCASE STOWAWAY: Just another case of a man trying to sneak a woman across a border in a suitcase.

Forget first-class, is travel by suitcase becoming a trend?

They had just gone for a pint

DISTANCE TRAVELLED: 11,000 kilometres from Middlesborough, UK to Thailand.

A few beers on a quiet night in England turned into an 11,000-km trip to Thailand.

Bus tests 'insufficient'

144 COMPLAINTS: The number of people who said they were stuck in Go Wellington bus doors between August 2011 and July 2013.

Police seek harsher fine for Wellington buses after more complaints of trapped customers emerge.

'Termites of the sea' threaten dive spot

UNDER THREAT: The Busselton jetty is under threat from "termites of the sea".

One of Western Australia's most popular dive spots is under threat from a pest known as the "termites of the sea".

LGBT travellers face big challenges

NEEDS TO CHANGE: The LGBT demographic embraces travel so much, but they also face 'prejudice' and 'hostility' worldwide.

The demographic that embraces travel so much also face 'prejudice' and 'hostility' worldwide.

Top 8 reasons for flight turnarounds

Passengers rest, wrapped in the blankets of German air carrier Lufthansa as they wait for their transfer at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt, September 4, 2012. Lufthansa passengers face widespread flight disruption after cabin crew representatives said they continue a series of strikes over pay and cost-cutting measures at Germany's largest airline. The UFO union, which represents around two-thirds of Lufthansa's 19,000 cabin crew, late on Thursday called on its members to strike from 0400 GMT to 1500 GMT on Tuesday in Frankfurt and Berlin's Tegel airport from 0300-1100 GMT. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CIVIL UNREST TRANSPORT)

From the infamous nut rage incident, to a smelly poo, here are the top eight flight turnbacks from recent years.

Lufthansa grounds flights

Germany's Lufthansa airlines

Thousands of international travellers were stranded as a strike by Lufthansa pilots was extended

Polar bear attacks tent, injures tourist

BEAR ATTACK: A polar bear jumping between ice floats in Svalbard Norway in the Arctic.

A polar bear dragged a tourist out of his tent as he slept on a remote Arctic island.

Air NZ flight turns back

030214 News Photo:Dean Kozanic FairfaxNZ. Christchurch International Airport. Air New Zealand and Jet Star taxi for take-off. Air NZ Boeing 737 lands. File

An early morning flight from Hamilton to Wellington was forced to turn back due to suspected engineering issues. 

Lufthansa pilots' strike affects hundreds of flights

GROUNDED: German flagship carrier Lufthansa's parked planes at Munich airport.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled, affecting around 80, 000 passengers, in a strike by Lufthansa pilots

Air NZ flight takes unscheduled detour

A LITTLE DETOUR: A flight tracking website shows the flight heading north, before completing a wide loop around Great Barrier Island, making its way south to the East Cape and returning to Auckland.

An Air New Zealand flight to Rarotonga has returned to Auckland Airport after taking a little detour.

Model's video exposes bad travel habits

Duangjai Phichitamphon

Thai model was waiting in line at a South Korean airport when a swarm of Chinese tourists overwhelmed the orderly queue she was standing in.

Violent passenger 'storms cockpit'

UNRULY PASSENGER: Redditor iLL_D shared this image of the passenger being restrained.

A United Airlines flight had to turn back to Washington when a passenger stormed the cockpit, claiming to have a bomb.

Man travels with wife in suitcase

HE PACKED WHAT? A Frenchman was stopped by border security in Poland while attempting to smuggle his wife into the EU in a suitcase.

A man's attempt to smuggle his wife into the EU in a suitcase was unnecessary, Polish border guards say.

Man explains threat to blow up ferry


A man who threatened to blow up a Bluebridge ferry has explained his actions in court, saying he was not in a good state of mind.

Thailand bans 'underboob selfies'

BAD GAL RIRI: Rihanna would certainly have to monitor her Instagram account if she was in Thailand, as she's a firm fan of the 'underboob selfie'.

They've criminalised the risky snap, threatening up to a five year jail sentence.

Air NZ plane aborts takeoff

030214 News Photo:Dean Kozanic FairfaxNZ. Christchurch International Airport. Air New Zealand and Jet Star taxi for take-off. Air NZ Boeing 737 lands. File

An Air New Zealand plane had to abort a takeoff at the last minute, leaving passengers stranded for two hours.

Fire breaks out in passenger's luggage

KLM Airlines Fire

Quick thinking crew stepped in to extinguish a small fire that erupted in an overhead compartment on KLM Airlines.

Asiana plane returns with wrong passenger

UH OH: An Asiana plane had to turn back to Hong Kong after the wrong passenger was found on board.

An Asiana plane with 259 passengers aboard returned to Hong Kong after finding a wrong passenger was aboard the aircraft.

Plane 'slid' off runway

An Air NZ Boeing 737 lands at Christchurch Airport.

Passengers arriving at Christchurch Airport were surprised to find their plane slid off a runway after landing.

Fog delays Wellington flights video

Air NZ flights are being delayed by fog.

Flow-on delays likely at Wellington Airport on Monday after fog hampers flights.

Thousands fooled by fake Qantas giveaway

The fake 'Qantas Airline' Facebook page with 2,488 likes.

A fake Qantas Facebook page offering free first class flights for the rest of the year has fooled thousands of people.

'Smelly poo' forces flight to return

FOUL ODOUR:  A British Airways flight enroute to Dubai was forced to turn back when the cabin got a little stinky.

A British Airways flight was forced to return to London after a  "smelly poo" was discovered in a toilet.

US plane lands after blowing a tire video

Plane, generic, strap

A Republic Airlines flight from Denver to Kansas City landed safely after one of its tires blew on takeoff.

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