What we’re reading: Ten places to spend the end of the world, when safety risk is highest, El Al adds fuel surcharges


End of the (Mayan) world? 10 places to go out in style

If you believe the Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012, you may want to visit the ten places Smarttravel.com put together before then. Even if you don’t believe that, these are nice places to visit also.

For you planners and you naysayers, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 destinations to witness the event (or nonevent). These cool bunkers, mystical sites, places with ironic names, and culturally significant locations are great spots to go out having the time of your life, even if the end of days is a no-show.

BYU scholar finds safety risk highest when airlines are closer to financial targets

A new statistical analysis by a Brigham Young University scholar finds that “the closer an airline comes to meeting its financial targets, the more likely it is to crash a plane.”

“Risk tapers off when airlines move away from their target in either direction,” said study author Peter Madsen, assistant professor of organizational leadership and strategy at BYU. “Once you are operating beyond your goals there is less pressure to operate as efficiently as you can.”

El Al adds fuel surcharge to airfares

El Al is adding another fuel charge of up to $40 per return ticket.

Beginning January 5, economy passengers will pay another USD$10 per leg on flights between Israel and North America, Asia and Africa, while business class fliers will pay USD$20 more.

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