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Our Sad Farewell to SkyMall

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Say it ain’t so: SkyMall—the beloved inflight magazine filled with all those items that in turn filled you with desire and made you scratch your head in confusion—has declared bankruptcy. Before the time of iPads, streaming TV channels, and other forms of electronic entertainment, SkyMall was the one constant, that reliable bit of comic relief you could always find waiting in the back-seat pocket after the hell of boarding was over. In honor of the magazine, here are a few products that perfectly exemplify why we loved it:

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New FAA Rule Goes Into Effect for Flying With Musical Instruments

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Last summer, classical trio renegades Time For Three visited T+L's offices for an impromptu concerto, telling us about their musical inspirations and travel challenges—among them, a fairly well-publicized run-in with a TSA agent hell bent on gate checking the group's vintage Stradivarius.

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LATAM Airlines Group Launches VIP Lounges and New Routes

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LAN and TAM Airlines officially launched their first international VIP lounge as the unified LATAM Airlines Group and announced a handful of new routes planned for this year. The merger of the two South American companies, which started in 2012, has created one of the largest airline groups in the world with service to 135 destinations in 24 countries around the globe. The new VIP lounge, located in São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, is their largest and most stylish in Latin America. 

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New Business Class-Only Airline Expands With Flights Between New York and London

We first wrote about La Compagnie—a business class-only airline founded by industry veterans Frantz Yvelin (L’Avion) and Peter Luethi (Swissair; JetAirways)—when it launched last July with flights connecting Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport. The carrier just announced that it will be launching its second route, between Newark and London, on March 29, 2015. Travelers will be able to book tickets by the end of December. The same tiered ticket structure (based on cancellation and change options), baby-blue airplane, and business-class amenities will apply.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Expedia Releases Airplane Etiquette Study

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What are the biggest no-no’s while flying? Kicking the seat in front of you, according to Expedia’s second annual Airline Etiquette Study. The travel giant partnered with research firm GfK and asked 1,000 Americans to rank fellow fliers’ most bothersome actions.

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Thanksgiving-Like Airport Congestion is the New Normal

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If you love Thanksgiving (who doesn’t?), consider planning trips through Chicago’s Midway Airport and Las Vegas’s McCarran International airport next year. Why? By the end 2015, the two airports will experience Thanksgiving-like congestion every single day. (So no more alone-time suitable for Celine Dion sing-alongs).

That’s the latest from the U.S. Travel Association and research firm Cambridge Systematics, Inc. who looked at the 30 busiest American airports in their annual study. A steady increase in demand combined with an equally steady underinvestment in infrastructure is making Thanksgiving-level congestion the new normal.

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Book a Seat on the Pan Am Stage

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If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life, tickets to an authentic, first-class meal service in a perfect replica of a Pan Am aircraft might do the trick.

After boarding a refurbished Boeing 747, guests to the Pan Am Stage—a partnership with Air Hollywood—will get a blast from the past, with flight attendants in iconic, mod uniforms serving signature fare from original Pan Am flatware.

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The Upside of Jet Lag

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Most people will tell you that sunset is the optimal time to visit Humayun’s Tomb, the red-sandstone-and-white-marble mausoleum in Delhi that inspired the Taj Mahal. (To my eyes it’s even more beautiful than its successor.) Me, I’m partial to sunrise. In this otherwise chaotic city, it’s one of the rare peaceful times to explore its acres of Persian-style gardens planted with mango and lemon trees.

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JetBlue’s New Hue: Adds Bag Fees, Cuts Leg Room

The rumors are true: JetBlue—long hailed as the airline holdout for ancillary fees—is adding a highly controversial checked bag fee and taking back some of your legroom.

Only six months after the famously egalitarian carrier debuted its new premium Mint class, JetBlue is taking another step toward becoming more of a traditional airline by introducing, in mid-2015, a tiered airfare structure that will bundle checked bags and other, yet-to-be-named benefits into ticket prices.

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Trip Doctor Challenge: What Should I Do When My Flight Is Canceled for Weather?



Looking for quick solutions to your travel concerns? Our resident expert Amy Farley has the facts with Travel + Leisure’s Trip Doctor Challenge. 

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