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8 lessons we can learn from the aborted flight of US Airways flight 1702

By now, you’ve likely read about US Airways flight 1702, Philadelphia (PHL) to Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), scheduled for late afternoon on March 13th. Initial news reports indicated the Airbus A320 with 149 passengers and five crew on board, blew a tire during the takeoff. With the nose gear already off the ground, the pilot aborted […]


Top travel videos 2012 from Vimeo

The staff of Vimeo, the competitor to YouTube for user-generated videos, selected some of the best travel videos posted during this past year. I have collected three of those selected here. The lead video, above, features a trip across the USA in three minutes. The second, a similar journey across South America. The final video here is vision of Chicago by night.


Noise-canceling headsets … worth every dime they cost!

Listening to one’s MP3 player, smartphone, DVD player, or laptop while flying can mean you need to crank up their volume hear them above the jet engine noise in the cabin, as well as other cabin noise. Ned Levi examines the use of noise cancelling headsets and ranks his top 3 units.


What we’re watching: Airline fees, Video of jetblue FA escape, Dubious travel awards

Passengers and the government are fighting back against the airlines who are attempting to hide their fees in order to make their base airfares look more affordable. We also have video of the slide deploying on the JetBlue flight docked at the Jetway when Steven Slater slid into unemployment. Plus, there is an amusing video of dubious travel awards.


Ten rules for choosing a Digital Photo Frame

Once home travelers want to display their photos for friends and family to show where they’ve been and tell about their travel adventure. One option is to use a digital photo frame. Ned Levi discusses his ten rules for choosing a digital photo frame.


What we’re watching: Continental ads, PanAm introduces jet powered planes, how things have changed at United

This collection of ads, the Continental ones above and the old PanAm and United Air Lines ads below focus on something that we seem to have lost in the airline business — customer service. When we look back at these ads below or even watch contemporary ads made for Continental, the last remaining airline to serve meals in coach on domestic routes, there is certainly a sense of once upon a time.