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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]

Travel Porn: 13 B&Bs Surrounded By Fall Foliage

It’s that time of year again when our formerly lush, green trees explode into the kinds of oranges, reds and yellows that are too beautiful to possibly last year-round. Fall foliage is the perfect excuse to spend a weekend in the middle of nowhere soaking in all those bright colors, or at least to daydream about it! Here are 13 stunning bed & breakfasts that ensure insane views of autumn at its finest.

Brit’s Brain Goes Haywire Over New York Subway System

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British journalist Bim Adewunmi has been in New York for the last few weeks and apparently taking the subway has driven her insane. Writing in The Guardian, she expresses the feeling in the most colorful way possible:

“Think of a book with an opening scene set in a village in rural England. There’s a winding country lane, and in the distance can be heard the relentlessly tuneful whistle of a milkman, and the gentle moo of a cow. Yes, there are still milkmen and there are still cows, but look closer: the cows are wearing smart white coats and jaunty little hats, delivering milk extracted from humans. Terrifying image, isn’t it?”

Everything about her description of the MTA is glorious. Some more highlights: Keep reading »

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 »

This Is What Aurora Borealis Looks Like In Real Time

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How Dreamy

Posters, photos and time-lapse videos of the Northern Lights are stunning, but what would the Lights look like in real life if we came upon them ourselves? Videographer O Chul Kwon captured a the real-time movement of Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife, Canada, and now I can sufficiently daydream that I’m right there experiencing it too. The video captures the excited gasps and shouts of people on the ground as the Lights grow brighter and brighter. They sure do move fast! [Gizmodo]

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]

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