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For less than, well than most things, today you can grab yourself a flight to a load of European destinations.

Hurrah!

But you only have until 11.30am TODAY. 

Yes Ryanair has just now kicked off its rapid-fire Black Friday sale – and suffice to say it's even better than we hoped.

In fact, the low-cost Irish airline is selling off a load of seats priced at a ridiculous €2 – albeit for a seriously limited time only.

Sure, where would you be having it?

The destinations up for grabs aren't half bad either: think Oslo, London, Nice, and Paris from Dublin, Cork, Derry, Shannon, Kerry, and Knock. And there are further bargains for around a tenner if you reckon that Barcelona or Basel is more up your street.

Did we say HURRAH!?

Ryanair has a handy budget calculator too which allows you to source the cheapest flights – at a glance most of them seem to be in December and January. 

All we can say now is… be QUICK because only a limited number of €2 journeys are on offer and it all wraps up frustratingly fast!

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There is now growing certainty that Metrojet's Irish-owned Airbus A321-200 was blown out of the sky by an explosive device planted in luggage.

Indeed, British prime minister David Cameron said this afternoon that it was "likely" that a bomb caused the tragedy.

Furthermore, there are huge concerns relating to airport security at the tourist hotspot of Sharm el-Sheikh – meaning all British and Irish flights to and from the region have been suspended. 

The move has resulted in some 20,000 people being stranded in the region, although London has said it will begin evacuating people from tomorrow. 

Some 224 people died on board the Moscow-based airline on Saturday morning.

The plane crashed in a remote mountainous part of the Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from the resort – where temperature of 28C at this time of year make it an immensely popular winter sun destination for Irish tourists.

Following a similar announcement by Downing Street, the Irish Aviation Authority last night said it had directed "Irish airline operators not to operate to/from Sharm el‐Sheikh Airport, Egypt or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace until further notice".

Except for three Ukrainians and one Belarusian, all of those on board Flight 7K9268 were Russian. Twenty-five were children.

EmiratesLufthansa, Qatar Airways and Air France have all already stopped flying over the Peninsula, while British Airways pilots were told months ago not to fly in the area below 25,000ft because of the risk of terrorist-lead strikes. 

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Some 40 bodies have already been recovered from wreckage following a plane crash in the north-eastern African country of South Sudan.

The cargo aircraft is believed to have crashed this morning shortly after taking-off near the international airport in the country's capital, Juba.

It is unclear how many of the casualties were on the plane and how many were on the ground, although a presidential spokesman told Reuters there are two on-board survivors: a child and a crew member. 

The Russian-built plane was heading to Paloch in the Upper Nile State and crashed less than a kilometre from the runway.

Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan, reporting from the scene, said this morning: "It is raining hard here in Juba, making it difficult to look for more victims.

"The cargo plane was carrying passengers and it is believed that many of them were not wearing seat belts."

The Juba airport hosts regular commercial flights, as well as military aircraft and cargo planes delivering aid to remote regions cut off by road. South Sudan remains one of the world's most volatile nations.

The Department Of Foreign Affairs states on its website: "We advise against all travel to South Sudan, including the capital Juba. 

"Anyone thinking of travelling to South Sudan should reconsider their travel plans and not to travel at this time."

The country currently implements a 6pm to 6am curfew. 

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Russian officials have now said publicly it is “impossible” that a technical fault or pilot error caused Saturday’s Metrojet tragedy.

Some 224 people died on board the Moscow-based airline on Saturday morning.

The Irish-owned Airbus A321-200 crashed in a remote mountainous part of the Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from the holiday resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

With mystery continuing to surround the incident, Metrojet's Alexander Smirnov explained earlier today: "There are no circumstances where a plane can just fall apart in mid-air.

“There is no technical fault or stopping of internal systems that could lead to the aircraft's dismembering.

"If we don't take in fantastical versions that the plane can be destroyed by a change in pressure, the only plausible reason is mechanical action aimed at the plane."

Despite earlier reports from Egyptian officials, the aircraft's crew did not make any distress or SOS calls prior to the crash.

There has been growing speculation in the Russian media that Flight 7K9268 may have been destroyed by an on-board explosion.

And although politicians from Egypt, Russia and the US have previously played down the likelihood of an Islamic State-linked terrorist attack, Mr Smirnov said today that "nothing can be ruled out".

Except for three Ukrainians and one Belarusian, all of those on board were Russian. Most of them were holidaying in Sharm el-Sheikh – a resort also popular with Irish tourists. Twenty-five were children.

With a 20km radius currently being scanned, more than 170 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. The remains of 140 victims were flown to St Petersburg this morning.

Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Air France have all stopped flying over the turbulent Sinai Peninsula until more is known about what caused the crash.

Mail Online reported over the weekend that British Airways pilots were told months ago not to fly in the region below 25,000ft because of the risk of terrorist-lead strikes. 

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A man who fell ill on an Aer Lingus flight became “extremely violent” before falling unconscious and dying on board the plane.

The Lisbon-Dublin flight EI 485 had to be diverted to Cork when the dead man, aged 24 and a Brazilian national, bit a fellow passenger who was attempting to restrain him.

A 44-year-old Portuguese woman onboard the same plane has now also been arrested. It is believed that she was travelling with the dead man. 

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Gardai allegedly found 2kg of a powdered substance in her luggage and she is currently being detained under the Drug Trafficking Act, according to RTE News.

The Irish Mirror reports that the crew yesterday evening broadcast an emergency Pan Pan message three times in quick succession and advised air traffic controllers of an incident on board the Airbus A320-200.

The pilot requested clearance to divert and land at Cork Airport, telling controllers that there was a man “running amok” and that he had “injured one or two passengers”.

It is also understood there was a doctor and two nurses on board who tried to assist the restrained passenger.

In an astonishingly account, John Leonard, who was also on the plane, told Cork's 96fm that the Brazilian man was "on the ground shaking violently".

He went on to explain: "The noise he was making was like something I have never heard before. It's not something you'd hear everyday. It was like deep anguish is the best way I could describe it, very, very troubled.

"Not screaming in a sense, you know if you'd hurt yourself or something, just very guttural, from deep within him."

Mr Leonard furthermore said that it was a "very violent end". He stated: "To die that way in the back of an aeroplane, it's not right. It was not very pleasant at all."

All 168 passengers and six crew members were removed from the plane in Cork while gardai, airport paramedics and an ambulance rushed to the scene.

The passenger who suffered from the bite was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

The Irish Mirror adds that although the dead man wasn't Irish he “may have been studying in the country”.

Describing the incident as a “medical emergency,” Aer Lingus said last night in a statement: “Flight EI 485 Lisbon to Dublin diverted into Cork due to a medical emergency on board.

“There were 168 guests and six crew members on board. The flight landed safely at 17.40 local time.”

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If you’ve been a fan of millionaire heiress Paris Hilton since the good ole days The Simple Life, or even if you’re just addicted to her Instagram feed (no judgement here), then you know she likes her luxuries.

She really, really loves to travel in the most glamorous fashions. She generally hops aboard private jets to all manner of exotic locales. We’re talking luxury resorts in Dubai.

However, in her most recent jet-setting adventure, the reality TV star was set up for a terrifying prank. She hopped aboard a small plane for what she thought was going to be an aerial tour of Dubai.

She was wrong. Mid-flight the Hilton hotel heiress is tricked into thinking her plane is about to go crashing to the ground.

The clip, which is available on YouTube, although many have been removed, is from a show called “Ramez in Control”. It’s an Egyptian television show that regularly pulls pranks on unsuspecting members of the public.

The 34-year old Paris was petrified when after a few minutes in the air, an alarm started ringing followed, by a side door opening and a man being thrown from the plane.

There’s a lot of shouting and crying as the passengers are (naturally) horrified at being told they have to jump from the plane before it hits the ground.

Paris was not amused when the plane makes a safe landing on the runway. We feel like someone may be in a spot of trouble after this stunt.

Paris took to twitter to address the prank after the video was released online. You can watch her terrifying experience below. Whatever feelings you had about Paris before, we think everyone agrees this was a horrible prank to play. The worst.

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It has been reported that a Malaysian passenger plane with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board has crashed in Ukraine.

The Boeing flight was on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and is said to have crashed close to Ukraine’s border with Russia.

Plumes of smoke are visible in photos and videos emerging from the country.

The story is developing.

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Don’t you just hate that groggy feeling you always seem to have when you get off a plane?

Whether it’s a one hour flight for a Hen weekend or a journey half way around the world, you always end up looking crumpled and somehow a bit hungover, even if you haven’t had a drop to drink.

Here are some tip to avoiding that flight hangover.

Make it a no-booze zone
While the thought of a pre-holiday tipple is oh-so tempting, the old saying ‘one in the air, is worth 10 on the ground’ is not too wrong far. Alcohol will dehydrate you much quicker in the air, leaving you feeling headachy and sick when you land. Wait ‘till the hotel to enjoy a holiday cocktail!

Think pineapple
Pineapple has been proven to help ease tummy trouble when flying. It especially helps stomach woes because of an enzyme the fruit contains. The altitude does crazy things to your digestive system, so down lots of pineapple juice or tuck into chunks of the juicy fruit.

BYO
If you have the option to take a bag on board, leave some room for a small cooler filled with your favourite healthy snacks to avoid having to chomp those unhealthy (and very pricey) on-flight foods.

Water, water everywhere
All that recycled air in the plane will leave you feeling thirsty, your skin dried out and your arms and legs bloated. Keep sipping water during the flight to stay on top of your hydration.

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Au revoir  Paris!

The Kimye wedding festivities have taken flight as the couple and their hundreds of guests have touched down in Italy for the hotly- anticipated ceremony.

The pair are set to say ‘I do’ at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere around 6pm tonight at their star-studded ceremony.

Kim and Kanye will apparently take their vows in front of a giant wall of white flowers, similar to the one Kanye got his soon-to-be-wife for Mother’s Day.

Kanye was spotted stepping off the private jet at the airport in Florence a couple of hours ago, shortly after Bruce Jenner and Scott Disick landed.

Kylie Jenner’s rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith was one of the many celebrity guests who flew into Florence for the big day.

While Brody Jenner is reportedly boycotting the wedding, his brother Brandon and wife Leah posted a romantic snap on Instagram en route to Florence earlier.

While everything seemed to on track, reports are coming in that catastrophe has struck with the wedding cake, which apparently toppled over on the drive to the airport in Paris!

The cake was said to be seven tiers and about six feet tall.

Let’s just hope they have a back-up on board then!

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Imagine getting onto a plane to be greeted by the cast of smash show The Lion King.

Watch how performers treat the lucky passengers.

 

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