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Drug smugglers caught at Reina Sofia Airport

Posted by dolly diver on October 14, 2008
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Guardia Civil Officers at Reina Sofia airport arrested two people yesterday and charged them with smuggling cocaine into Tenerife.

The suspicious looking couple, a 26-year-old Colombian man with initials F.S.G.M., and a 19-year-old woman from Ecuador, were stopped by the officers. Nothing illegal was found in their luggage but they were found to be carrying 700g of capsules of cocaine in their stomachs.

Just another manic Friday

Posted by dolly diver on September 12, 2008
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Reina Sofia Airport TenerifeThis morning started exactly as normal. Get up, switch on Sky news see what’s happening in the world over a cup of coffee. I watched in amazement and incredulity at the demise of XL airlines. All those poor stranded people, all those poor people out of work. Have breakfast, leave house, 10 mins later the mobile rings.

In one of our other guises we are Dragonfire TV and the trusted supplier of stories for the award winning Sky news team. The call was from Sky news UK, could we get any footage of stranded people at the airport. Absolutely, we’ll go to the airport now and see what we can do but normally the airport police are not happy with anyone filming inside the airport. When we arrive at the airport a most peculiar scene greeted us within the airport building.

 	reina-sofia-airport-2Instead of huge queues at the check in desks there were huge queues at the airport flight supplier’s offices. One quick question “are any of you affected by the XL collapse and would any of you like to speak to Sky News”. We were almost mobbed with volunteers.

As for the airport authorities they obviously decided there was no point in trying to take on the dozen or more TV crews doing interviews and gathering images for their relevant news programs. Within a matter of minutes we had some 10 or more interviews done with all of the other necessary views to go with them. A further phone call to the UK, then a trip to the transmission point elsewhere on the Island which allowed the images to be transmitted back to the UK to be edited ready or the 3pm news.

Link to video  Sky news click XL holidaymakers stranded

And now…back to the plan for the day are they behaving themselves on the forum!

Heat wave warning

Posted by dolly diver on April 25, 2008
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Batten down the hatches and switch on the aircon as the Canary Islands are in for a sweltering week-end with temperatures well into the 30s, according to the Met Office.

This morning at 11am the temperature at Reina Sofia Airport was reading 34° and the blanket of dusty air is gradually creeping towards Los Gigantes.

Yesterday saw the warmest day of the year so far in many parts as a mass of warm desert air (calima) hung over the Islands.

Forecasters predict more of the same until at least Sunday, particularly in southern areas.

Several islands have placed forest fire brigades on stand-by in case the dry air and high temperatures trigger blazes.

People with asthma and other respiratory ailments have been advised to stay out of the sun and keep windows closed to prevent dust from worsening their condition.