Despite the fact that the USA Today video above is a total snooze (Seriously – can this voiceover lady come lull me to sleep every night?), it’s proof that we’ve got a messy, sticky, gooey problem on our hands (wings?) here.
Bugs. Yuck. Just typing that gives us heebie-jeebies.
USA Today reports that, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the airline industry spent $48 billion on fuel last year. They are seeking to cut that down, and NASA’s Director of Environmentally Responsible Aviation, Fayette Collier, thinks that it could be reduced by about $240 million by focusing on dead bugs. Yes, dead bugs: While seemingly small and insignificant, these critters increase plane drag and fuel burning, which means more engine maintenance, which means more carbon dioxide emissions, which means more air pollution, which means bugs are
causing global warming a bigger problem than just a household nuisance.
This isn’t a new problem, though. NASA has been trying to figure out the bug problem for 30 years. Now, with the help of Boeing, they are working on ways to combat this nasty matter. Scientists are currently conducting experimental flights utilizing non-stick coatings and new wing extensions in Louisiana where swamps are loaded with bugs. (Note to self: Don’t move to Louisiana.)
Check out more about the problems our aircrafts are facing with these insects, and more importantly, what’s being done to remedy the situation.
Paper boarding passes kill trees and the mobile boarding passes kill our iPhone batteries. So here's some news for the eco-conscious and energy conserving: Alaska Airlines may soon be boarding you for your flight via biometrics.
As the airline's official blog explains, Alaska has been spending the last few months working on the ins and outs of a system that would allow travelers to scan fingerprints instead of an ID; in fact, your beautiful biometrics could allow for the ability to do everything from check luggage to board the flight.
Part of the initial test involved using biometrics to grant access to the "Board Room," Alaska Airlines' version of the airport lounge. It worked well and flyers were pleased, so it’s actually now the norm at four lounge locations across the nifty fifty.
Alaska partnered on the testing with the biometrics company CLEAR, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport was the spot chosen for the first few runs — owing to its heavy influx of Silicon Valley tech types. Alaska Airlines likes what they have seen, and though there’s still a lot to work out before biometrics come to an airport near you, just know they’re working on it — and some of us can’t wait.
[Photo: Alaska Airlines]
Last week Goodyear’s new Zeppelin Wingfoot One took flight at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. And a handful of lucky aviation adventurers got to tag along for the ride.
The new helium-powered airship touts some fancy features, including seating for 12 (five more than its predecessor), a restroom (loo with a view!) and seat belts. (Because safety first!)
"Lighter-than-air seems to be a category of aircraft that captures people's imaginations," Goodyear Vice President Pierre Jambon told CNN. "It's peaceful; it's slow; it's a wonderful experience. Will there be an airship renaissance? Anything is possible, but I wouldn't predict that.”
Check out the complete story and some cool photos on CNN here. And you can also take a virtual tour courtesy of the video below.
[Photo: Thom Patterson/Twitter]
When making your final vacation plans for this Summer, take our recommendation: skip the stop to your preferred airline booking website and haul out the road atlas to create yourself a Great American Roadtrip. This is a great way to see our beautiful country — and have a bit more control over experiences (and photo ops) that will last a lifetime.
Okay, we know this isn't the fasted way to get from point A to point B, but with gas prices on average about $1 cheaper than last Summer, packing up the car and hitting the road won't break the bank.
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While the political and pop culture world is fixated on the latest Donald Trump sound bite or Gawker-related gaffe, travel nerds have their own big news story to sink their teeth into — and it comes courtesy of our sibling publication, Conde Naste Traveler, and Jaunted contributing editor Cynthia Drescher.
Yesterday New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that LaGuardia Airport (LGA) will be on the receiving end of a $4 billion makeover. (Cue the meme of Dr. Evil pointing his pinkie finger at his lip. "Four beeeeeeelion dollars.") Cuomo was joined for the announcement by VP Joe Biden, who famously sneered at LGA last year, and as Drescher reports the duo laid out an interesting and inspiring vision for the future: including a "single, structurally unified main terminal" to replace the "current, fragmented layout," increased taxiway space, ferry terminal AirTran rail extension, "enhanced road configuration to reduce traffic congestion," an airport hotel and the creation of a cell phone lot, among other plans.
Head here to check out the full story, but tell us in the comments: Now that we're going to see some big bucks committed to improving the experience at LGA, what are your recs? What would you like to see prorated as part of the makeover?
[Image: NY.gov via cntraveler.com]
This contributor has already expressed some love for the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), but after a sixth experience flying through it on Saturday, I can’t resist touting it some more. There were no lines; I mean none, we walked right up to security. Everyone who works there (even TSA!) is super friendly, perhaps because they aren’t dealing with a massive crowd of frustrated passengers trying to make their way to the gates.
Chloe Mafia — who probably none of you remember as an X-Factor contestant in the UK, but some of you might know as Chloe Khan the porn star — recently had some fun in a cockpit, thanks to a super creepy Kuwait Airways pilot.
According to UK's Daily Star, the pilot, who is currently unnamed (let’s see how long that lasts), was flying from London to New York with 300 passengers on board when he asked Chloe and her Playboy model friend to enter his cockpit. They obliged, despite the fact that nobody outside of the flight crews has been allowed to enter the cockpit since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Apparently, this pilot has been inviting pretty women into his cockpit for a long time, but the world is just now finding out about it.
According to Chloe, he introduced himself as a “naughty pilot.” He smoked cigarettes with them, despite the fact that smoking in a cockpit has been illegal for years as well. The pilot bragged about sleeping with half of the stewardesses he works with, asked Chloe to sit on his lap, sang “Hakuna Matata” for reasons beyond our naive understanding, gave Chloe and her friend champagne to drink, and inquired about her Mile High club status while clearly showing his membership. He even let her PRESS BUTTONS ON THE PLANE’S CONTROL PANEL.
Check out the video Chloe shared!
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The new logo and look features clean, crisp colors of white, gray, and orange. Of course we’re just describing what is up above, so we’ll let that picture be worth a thousand words.
There's some glowing inner beauty as well. As part of the brand remake GOL let the world know that they’ll be handing out free snacks to travelers across the cabin. Also scheduled for an upgrade is the in-flight entertainment system; they’ll be flipping the switch on streaming video, live television, and best of all—WiFi.
Some of the new planes are already debuting the new look, but it might be a bit of time before the upgraded innards take to the skies. Expect that rollout at some point in 2016 — just in time for the Olympics?
Stars: They're just like us!
If you prick them they bleed, if you tickle them they laugh, and if you keep them waiting for their flight in an airport lounge long enough, they'll get bored and start making online videos to amuse themselves. And us.
From that last category of existential ennui comes an Instagram post from actress Kate Hudson on Instagram that brightened up our weekend. "How we deal with airport lounge boredom..." wrote the star in the post, which included a quickie video of her and son Ryder dancing to "Trap Queen." (Also included was the hashtag #WhenYourPreTeenWantsHisOwnInstagramAndYoureLikeNoooooooo.)
It's a cute family moment shared between mother, son, and 1.8 million followers. But the big question: Can anyone out there figure out, based on that colorful contemporary art piece in the background, which airport they were chilling in? Venture your best guess, amateur paparazzi.
[Image: Kate Hudson on Instagram]
"The Donald" continues to make headlines, now this time even on Jaunted. (But it's our final week of flights, so we're feeling a little wild.)
We're not here to talk politics though, we're here to talk planes. And wow - Donald Trump has some "Do you seriously need THAT?!" level of aviation requirements. You can read the full rundown at CNN, but here are our favorite takeaways:
• He has a Boeing 757-200 which would normally be able to seat 228 passengers commercially, but Mr. Trump redesigned it to only carry 43 passengers. Again, we aren’t talking politics, but we think this foreshadows Donald Trump’s strategy should he gain presidency: for every 228 Americans, he would lavishly take care of 43 of them and toss out the rest.
• Each of his 43 passengers gets a 24-caret gold plated seat belt. Other things on his 757? A dining room, large-scale televisions, a master bedroom and a guest bedroom, functional shower, and a four-story tall “T” painted on the exterior. Wonder what that “T” stands for? Our best guess is “Turbulence.”
You've got to love a great partnership.
From now until August 29th, 2015, anyone planning on flying JetBlue to Port-au-Prince from Fort Lauderdale, Boston or JFK will be able to stay at Marriott Port-au-Prince for a fantastic flat rate of $125 per night — plus score a $1 per person breakfast. That's a team-up where we all win.
But even better, JetBlue and Marriott have banded together with the Haitian nonprofit MUCI. They'll donate to MUCI $1 (the price guests pay for breakfast), the organization sponsors reforestation efforts and fights poverty by planting one tree for every dollar donated.
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Alright, you've heard the news, but don't be too sad. We're still publishing through Friday.
There’s a special delivery scheduled for later this year, as KLM is in line to receive their very first Boeing 787. They won’t get their hot little hands on things until the fall, but just the other day the send out a nice preview of what we can expect to experience when things finally take to the skies.
For those keeping score at home it’ll be a 787-9 for the KLM folks, and airline officials are promising more privacy and comfort with their version of the new airplane. Updates and upgrades include new business seating options for those lucky enough to find a space within the World Business Class cabin. Here lie-flat seats are the standard with each having direct access to the aisle. Add in some 16” in-flight entertainment screens, and you’ll be good to go from here to Amsterdam.