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Dream or Nightmare: You Can Text In The Air Now

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T-Mobile customers now have the option of texting and photo messaging at 35,000 feet on planes equipped with WiFi (which, these days, is most of them). I realize this should logically be a reason to celebrate, especially since T-Mobile’s service seems to be the most insufferable of all phone companies and their customers deserve a treat like this for putting up with it. What I worry about, though, is whether this could be a gateway for things to escalate into the ability to make full-on lengthy phone calls in the air. Some people love the idea of that, but it makes me a nervous wreck. Can you imagine being trapped in a metal tube for several hours with someone who won’t stop loudly yakking away on their iPhone? Besides, what do we really need to text about up in the sky unless, say, our plane got diverted to another city and we wanted to frantically text our aunt to tell her not to start driving to the airport to pick us up? I can’t be the only one who occasionally secretly loves the fact that I’m forced to disconnect for a little while when I’m in the air. The only definite positive of this is that it will open many new doors for creative sexting. [Travel And Leisure] [Image via Shutterstock]

Passenger Shaming Instagram Gloriously Calls Out The Rudest Flyers Among Us

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At last, a solution to those select selfish douchebags who ruin everyone else’s flying experience — embarrass them on the internet! In elementary school, whenever we leaned back in our chairs, scratched up our desks, or generally defiled anything that was communal property, our teacher would ask, “You wouldn’t behave like that in your own house, would you?” (Sometimes the answer really was “yes,” but that’s neither here nor there.) The Instagram and Facebook account Passenger Shaming asks this exact question without ever having to actually say it. Passenger Shaming is awesomely self-described as “photos of assholes taken by anonymous flight attendants & passengers from all over the world. Don’t end up here.” It’s captured shots of passengers kicking up their bare feet next other flyers’ heads, making gigantic messes under their seats, peeing in the bathroom sink, and just being all-around shitty people to the hundred or so other passengers who are stuck in a metal tube with them. Keep reading »

Life Dream Status: Now You Can Relive A 1970s Pan Am Flight

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If you have a tendency to romanticize the golden age of air travel like I do, you can buy yourself a ticket on a glamorous faux Pan Am flight and pretend you’re a part of the magic. Air Hollywood, the aviation-themed movie studio in Los Angeles, created the Pan Am Experience to simulate a 1970s trip on a 747 plane. Air Hollywood has an exact replica of Pan Am’s former 747s, and stewardesses greet passengers in original uniforms from the period. Every last detail on the plane, including the glassware and types of meals served, is historically accurate. As a guest on the flight, you’ll be served cocktails in your seats and enjoy inflight entertainment before heading to the upper deck for a meal. After that, you’ll be able to view the studio’s “vast collection of airline memorabilia” and check out other film sets at the studio. It sounds pretty sweet, except for the part where the plane is a set and doesn’t actually fly. Are there at least plane engine sound effects or fake turbulence for a true aviation ambiance? If you find yourself buying a ticket, report back on whether they stage a take-off and landing. [Laughing Squid] [Image via The Pan Am Experience]

Flight Diverts Because Two “Adults” Won’t Stop Fighting Over Legroom

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A flight had a “Bridesmaids”-style diversion on Sunday (minus colonial woman sightings on the wing) when two passengers couldn’t stop bickering over legroom. A man and a woman headed from Newark to Denver were seated in the “Economy Plus” section of the plane, which is designed to be a bit comfier than regular coach seating (read: a perfect storm for cranky flyers who feel they’re entitled to extra special treatment), when the woman realized her seat wouldn’t recline. She discovered that the man sitting behind her had attached a Knee Defender, a nifty device that blocks airplane seats from reclining. The two handled it like any pair of grown-ups would: by bickering and throwing a tantrum. When flight attendants asked the guy to remove the Knee Defender, he refused, so the woman threw a cup of water at him. The flight crew diverted to Chicago, gracefully chucked those two off the plane, and headed on its merry way to Denver without them. No one was arrested, but I think it’s safe to say that just about everybody’s day was ruined. People of the world, have we seriously stooped this low? Are elementary schools no longer teaching kids to use their words instead of breaking out into an immature shouting match? Keep reading »

When First Class Isn’t Classy Enough: Airline Debuts Private Apartments

Ugh, isn’t flying first class the worst? Those luxurious, spacious, reclining seats. The hot towels and free champagne. The flight attendants not treating you like one of the ragged, poverty-stricken suckers in coach. It’s just awful. Luckily for anyone who’s experienced the plebeian horrors of first class, Etihad Airlines is rolling out a new, higher-end alternative: private 3-room apartments. For serious. Each flying residence will include a private bath with shower, a living room, and — here’s the kicker — a personal BUTLER trained at London’s Savoy hotel to tend to your every need. The uber first class cabins will be available on the airline’s double decker Airbus A380 planes, and tickets for a trip between London and Abu Dhabi will run you about $21,000, one way. If you need me, I’ll be crying into my $17 cracker plate in my over-the-wing seat with a broken armrest. Sigh. [Conde Nast Traveler]

Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

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