Sunday, July 22, 2007

A 'W' Can Make All the Difference

As the world shrinks, with air travel seemingly available to almost every dot on the map, no matter how tiny, the scope for confusion over place names is increasing. The buying of tickets online has removed the ‘safety net’ of the travel agent double checking with the customer whether it is Dulles airport serving Washington DC or Dallas airport in Texas they want to travel to. Or Amman, capital of Jordan or Oman. Or Dakar in Senegal as opposed to Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Spare a though for two students that booked online for their trip to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Imagine their surprise when they arrived at Sydney, Nova Scotia in Canada. There’s not much difference between Sydney, NS and Sydney NSW on the screen but they are literally a world, rather than just a W apart.

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