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Boeing’s Dreamliner Lands in Africa

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This month, Ethiopian Air became the first airline outside of Asia to operate Boeing’s newest airplane: the 787 Dreamliner. The buzz-worthy aircraft has been making headlines for its advancements in technology and enhanced in-flight experience. Some of the new in-plane elements include larger windows, LED lighting and better cabin pressure that mimics an altitude closer to sea level. The true eye-catching feature for airline companies, however, is the plane’s lightweight and extreme fuel efficacy; something Ethiopian Air is excited about. Snag one of their first flights when they begin flying the plane on routes throughout Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Their next step: flying an international route to Washington D.C. And, after that, the possibilities are endless.

Kelsi Maree Borland is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Ethiopian Air

Snakes (Almost) on a Plane: TSA Finds 821 Firearms, Chainsaw, and Slithering Reptiles in Carry-Ons

201208-b-concealed-weapons-on-airplanesjpg"Whaaaaaaaaaat?" That's what I said to myself after reading this piece by Gizmodo who reported via the Transportation Security Administration's blog, that since January 1st, TSA agents have discovered 821 firearms in carry-on bags at airports around the country. Of these, 691 were loaded, and 210 were locked and loaded with a round chambered. Some other bizarrely alarming weapons discovered while passengers were filing through security? Dead venomous snakes (snakes almost on a plane!), a gun in a hollowed out book (retro move there), an explosive grenade, a spear gun, eels, a gassed-up chainsaw, and a chastity belt. Too weird, America. But keep up the good work TSA! And in the future, before you confiscate that sealed bottle of Poland Spring in my backpack, can we just put a few things in perspective?

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 Marguerite A. Suozzi is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Escape Aunt Annie: Airport Food Takes Off

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As predicted by T+L’s editors this January, things just got a little better for frequent-flying gourmands.

Jamie Oliver recently opened a restaurant area (a bakery, a bar, and an Italian eatery) at London Gatwick, joining the growing ranks of chefs extending their empire into airports (Gordon Ramsay’s 4-year-old Heathrow cafe, Plane Food, offers both sit-down meals—timed menus and leisurely menus—and takeout “picnics” to enjoy on the plane. A host of haute cuisine celebs, including chefs Michael White, Anne Burrell, Andrew Carmellini, have created menus for new cafes in Delta’s Terminals C+ D at New York’s LaGuardia. Terminal 2 at San Francisco International features restaurants from Chefs Cat Coura and Tyler Florence, as well as a room dedicated to yoga for those craving spiritual food.)

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Man Travels to Slumberland on Luggage Conveyor Belt

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We’ve always felt that finding a comfortable place to rest your head at an airport is challenging, but a Norwegian tourist at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome had no problem drifting away to Slumberland. When he found the ticket check-in counter was empty, the unnamed man wandered behind the desk to take a nap on the baggage conveyor belt. He was sound asleep, hugging his suitcase, until the belt started to move. Of course, as any adventurer would do, he stayed on, riding on the baggage belt (and through the x-ray machines) for 15 minutes until airport security took notice and removed him. Shocked? Airport security wasn’t. They see similar incidents twice a year.     

Kelsi Maree Borland is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of iStock.com.

Confessions of a Flight Attendant

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A 20-year airline-industry veteran—who asked to remain anonymous—gives us the lowdown on working in the sky.

“People treat the plane like a bathroom. I’ve seen passengers changing their babies’ diapers on the tray table, clipping toenails, and picking their noses.”

“Instead of the stereotype that we’ve all slept around, now it’s that we’re all old, fat, and mean. But we’re not.”

“How to get under my skin: push the call button to find out when we’ll land or to ask for beverages before we take off. Basically, you never want to push the call button. Period.”

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Alaska Airlines Technician Tapes Handwritten Excuse Note to Damaged Wing

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When you look out of an airplane window in flight, you expect to see clouds, treetops, vast landscape or ocean—but certainly not notes from the plane technicians. On a recent Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle, a passenger spotted a minor tear in the aircraft's wing that was covered by a handwritten note that read: We know about this. (As if the missive would truly ease any discomfort.)

The incident exploded on Twitter and Facebook, leading to an apology from the major airline carrier. It admitted the note was inappropriate but upheld that the technician who penned the letter had good intentions.

Kelsi Maree Borland is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Don Wilson/Port of Seattle

Raging Bull Shuts Down Vietnam Airport

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"This delay is bull," flight attendants likely complained at a Vietnam airport today when a wild bull shut down air traffic in Phi Bai. Bulls are not typically seen in the area, and the flight controllers was afraid that it would run onto the runway. Eight flights were affected, until the bull was finally captured, tranquilized, and released back into the wild. Departing passengers were treated to the film "Raging Bull" as their in-flight entertainment. 

Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo by iStock

New Perk: Complimentary Airport Transfers for Leading Hotels

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How would you like to have a driver waiting for you in baggage claim to whisk you away in style to your luxury hotel? That’s what Leading Hotels is giving its Leaders Club Unlimited Members. Membership is $1,200 annually, but if you're a frequent traveler the cost of this pleasant perk adds up. Membership includes one-way transfers from airports to Leadings Hotels in ten of their most popular global destinations: Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, New York City, Paris, Rome, Vienna, and Zurich.

Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo courtesy of Leading Hotels 

 

Tech Thursday: Three New Technologies to Make Travel Easier

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I love to travel. Obviously. I wouldn’t work here if I didn’t. And I love when I hear about advances in technology that can help make traveling easier. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw our friends over at sister mag Executive Travel reported three new improvements that are underway that’ll help speed things up while you get to your destination, so you have more time to enjoy that beachside mojito.

The first will help you speed through the baggage check a little faster. How? By printing out your baggage tag at home, while you’re checking into your flight online. The technology was created by Unisys Corporation, and is currently being tested at Billund Airport in Denmark. When passengers show up at the airport, they simply drop their bags off at a special counter and head on over to security.

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8 Gadgets to Keep Kids Busy While Traveling

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More than 34 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend—and most are be driving. Pack these eight gadgets to keep your kids entertained while you’re on the go. 

Travel Kiddy Kids Travel Journal: Ages 5+
Older kids can personally document their journey with this customizable journal. With pages for maps, favorite places, daily activities, and favorite events kids can create their own unique souvenir of their adventure. $10
Travelkiddy.com


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