The Luxembourg company AeroLux Travel has announced that it will no longer offer a cross-continental tour of the U.S. by hot-air balloon.
“Travel across the USA in a hot-air balloon,” read the advertisement, last seen on the company website last week. “See the whole country from the sky during one magical week.”
The advert described the accommodation as “first-class,” individual suites grouped together that combined “are the same size as a couple of buses and no heavier than the one-ton payload of your average weather balloon.”
Days before removing the offer, the company stated that “for reasons of safety and to avoid unnecessary confusion, all cross-country balloon trips in the U.S. are first reported to the Department of Defense, the FBI, the White House, and every major news outlet.”
Some observers suggest that the removal of the offer was due to the rising cost of hot air, as politicians across the world have been expelling it at record levels.
However, others speculate the reason is because the cost of travel insurance for such cross-continent sky voyages has, for unknown reasons, increased a hundredfold.
“Who wants to fly across the U.S., or any place, really, attached to a giant inflated sack?” explained company spokesperson Remus Groen. “We realized that on one does, and that’s the reason we took the trip off the table – the only reason.”
“Sorry to those of you who had already booked a package,” he added. “You’ll soon receive vouchers for a week-long luxury submarine cruise on the Moselle.”
Originally published by RTL Today