Indian hotel managers face jail time for Katy Perry noise pollution

Indian officials are investigating complaints of noise pollution from the Aman-i-Khas hotel where Russel Brand and Katie Perry recently tied the knot. During their wedding reception, party noise exceeded the 45 decibel limit, and that means someone is in trouble.

An official for the Sawaimadhopur district already said that the newly weds will not be charged, but that hotel management is not going to get off that easy.

To clarify, Wikipedia lists 45 decibels around the noise level of a conversation when two people are about 1 meter apart. The punishment for “talking softly” could mean several days in jail for the hotel managers who were on duty.

After the Indian wedding and reception, the couple flew to the Maldives – I just hope they have someone to help translate whatever the locals tell them.

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Bangkok Balloon Protest Endangers Airport Today

If you’re flying out of Bangkok today, be very, very careful.

Residents living near Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi airport have threatened to release a wave of balloons into the air to disrupt flights today.

The source of this dangerous protest is the airport itself. Villagers living nearby have complained bitterly to authorities about the horrific noise pollution which has destroyed their otherwise bucolic lifestyle since the airport opened a year ago. The airport authorities responded to their complaints with gifts of earplugs and sleeping pills. This, as you might imagine, hardly placated the airport’s angry neighbors. What they really want is some financial retribution so they could move to quieter environs far away from the jumbo jets.

So far, the government isn’t willing to concede to this demand and as a result, the airport is facing the balloon protest today. Let’s just hope that none of the balloons cause a plane to crash into one of the local villages. That would be ironic, wouldn’t it?