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Bottom line: PAL’s new route, Facebook Safety Check

PAL flies to Doha Qatar on March 28, while Facebook mistakenly sends Safety Check notification.
By Entrepreneur Staff |


Doha, Qatar
NEW ROUTE. Philippine Airlines will start to serve Doha, Qatar route on Monday, March 28, 2016. Photo from Flickr / Shahid Ahmed Siddiqi




PAL flies to Doha, Qatar

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is starting to fly to Doha, Qatar Monday, March 28.


The weekly service will fly to the Middle East destination five times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). PAL will utilize its newest Airbus A330 for this route.



In a statement, PAL President Jaime Bautista said that the legacy carrier continues to grow its routes in the Middle East by serving 200,000 overseas Filipinos living and working in Qatar through this newest route.


In January this year, PAL launched its flights to Jeddah and Kuwait.


A formal dinner-reception on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sharq Village and Spa in Doha will mark the inaugural flight.


Manila-Doha route ticket starts at $665 (one way), and $760 (round trip).



Facebook sorry for ‘wrong sent’

Facebook’s Safety Check feature was mistakenly activated for users nowhere near Pakistan, where a bombing occurred in Lahore (and as of this writing), killing at least 65 people and wounding hundreds.


Safety Check is a feature that was meant to ask people in a location where a disaster or tragedy occurred to check in and let others know they are okay. But this location-based feature had a misfire this time.



The “wrong sent” prompted Facebook to apologize on Sunday, March 27 (March 28 Manila time) after its Facebook Safety Check feature sent notifications around the world in the wake of the Lahore bombing.


"We have activated Safety Check in Lahore. We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.Lynda C. Corpuz

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