Travel Video of the Week: Air New Zealand’s “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has a history of making viral-ready safety videos (like this one), and their latest—”The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”—is more of the same. Like others before it, it features a Hobbit theme and includes a number of the real-life people involved in the epic series, including Elijah Wood and director Peter Jackson (who is apparently […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of October 22, 2014

Could major US airline create an “economy minus” cabin?

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Hilton introduces new lifestyle brand Travelers From West Africa Must Now Enter US Through Only 5 Airports Bermuda tourism back in business after Gonzalo Passenger charged in air rage row over reclining seat, could be jailed for 20 years Ex-pilot wore old uniform, badge to cut security […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Lufthansa Pilots Striking Again

Lufthansa

Lufthansa Pilots Striking Again As detailed in this Skift post and this BBC News post, Lufthansa pilots are striking again—for 35 hours starting today and ending tomorrow local time at midnight. The issue at the center of the strike is “transition payment for those wanting to retire early,” and there’s no word yet on how the airline is […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of October 15, 2014

Heart One, the first in Southwest's new livery, sits at a hangar at Dallas Love Field

THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Southwest Airlines celebrates end of Wright Amendment Virgin Atlantic cancels Little Red domestic flight service Marriott to adopt new stricter cancellation policy Detectives in Dubai are going to be wearing Google Glass so they can fight crime using facial recognition technology. Federal Officials Cast Doubt on Ebola […]

Are Travelers Abusing The System With Service Animals On Planes?

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If you’re following me on Facebook or Instagram, then you know that I recently posted a controversial photo that quickly became the center of a heated debate between my friends and followers. The photo was of a woman walking a small dog on a leash aboard a flight from Los Angeles to Toronto. What caused the […]

Travel Video of the Day: Ebola Joke on a Flight Brings in the Hazmat Suits

Hazmat

On Wednesday, in the midst of the recent Ebola panic, a passenger on US Airways Flight 850 from Philadelphia to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, made an off-hand comment about possibly having Ebola. Specifics are unclear, but first-hand accounts suggest the man, who had been coughing during the flight, mentioned the virus and having “been to Africa” […]

Airline Review: Thai Airways’ Low-Cost Carrier Thai Smile

Thai Smile flight attendants on CEI to BKK flight

Last week, I began telling you about my incredible trip to Southeast Asia. My long-haul flights were on British Airways but once in Thailand, we took two round-trip flights on two of the country’s most popular low-cost carriers. The first one was on Thai Airways’ brand new subsidiary called Thai Smile (officially launched July 7, […]

Airline Review: Air Asia

Boarding Air Asia to Seim Reap from DMK

I first learned of Air Asia when I heard about Sir Richard Branson dressing up as a female flight attendant and working an Air Asia flight after losing a bet to the airline’s owner, Tony Fernandes. Wouldn’t you have loved to see that? But what I like most about Air Asia is that you can […]