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Another bad week for Boeing. This time an incident as an American airline moves its fleet to a common airfield to supervise testing and software upgrades following the 737 Max fleet grounding.

A Southwest Airline Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft had to do an emergency landing after having engine problems after take-off in Florida on Tuesday. No passengers were aboard the Southwest Airlines flight, ferrying the plane from Orlando to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the global grounding.

Just after take-off yesterday the two pilots reported “a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff.”

“The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport,” according to the airline.

The global fleet of Boeing 737 Max jets has been grounded indefinitely after two fatal crashes involving the aircraft type, in March this year and October last year.

It is unclear if yesterday’s emergency landing was related to suspected problems with the 737 Max aircraft. An investigation into the crashes has been focussing on an automated anti-stall system and not engine problems.

Southwest Airlines says its 737 Max fleet are being moved to its Orlando maintenance facility for a review. Before the international groundings, FAA officials said the planes were safe, despite similarities raised after the Lion Air flight that crashed in October.

The causes of the crashes have yet to be determined. But the focus has been on an automatic safety feature which may have forced the nose of each plane lower when it incorrectly believed the plane was in danger of going into a stall.

Southwest Airlines has 34 Boeing 737 Max jets.

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Thai temple tour, via a jet ski on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya | VIDEO

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In this brief video, Chris our Thaiger ‘adventure’ Vlogger, takes you on a ride through the Chao Phraya River…on a jet ski! There are plenty of ways for tourists to take the well-trodden path of temple-hopping whilst in Thailand. THIS is a very fresh view of some of the famous river’s lesser known temples.

You can stop off and a look around (make sure you’re dressed appropriately) during your very-own river trip. The Chao Phraya River is the main river that runs through Thailand, and for 2,500 Thai baht you can rent out a jet ski and do some temple hopping as well as speeding your way around Ko Kret.

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Is THIS the cheapest five star hotel in the world? Right here in Bangkok | VIDEO

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Is THIS the cheapest five star hotel in the world? We think it is! It certainly passes all the legal expectations of a 5-star property and it’s smack bang in the middle of a touristy area of Bangkok.

It’s ‘of an era’ and it’s easy to imagine this older style Bangkok hotel in its heyday, probably in the late 80s. But it’s certainly luxurious and looks like a steal for a lot less than 1,000 a night.

Chris sneaks in for a quick look. Let’s check it out.

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When the airlines, in particular, were asking the government to put their hands in their pockets for some relief funding in August last year, it was genuinely thought that international tourists would be coming back for the high season in December and January. At the very least local tourists and expats would head back to the skies over the traditional holiday break. And surely the Chinese would be back for Chinese New Year?

As we know now, none of that happened. A resurge in cases started just south of Bangkok on December 20 last year, just before Christmas, kicking off another round of restrictions, pretty much killing off any possibility of a high season ‘bump’ for the tourist industry. Airlines slashed flights from their schedule, and hotels, which had dusted off their reception desks for the surge of tourists, shut their doors again.

Domestically, the hotel business saw 6 million room nights in the government’s latest stimulus campaign fully redeemed. But the air ticket quota of 2 million seats still has over 1.3 million seats unused. Local tourists mostly skipped flights and opted for destinations within driving distance of their homes.

As for international tourism… well that still seems months or years away, even now.

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