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TSA has a press strategy - and we've discussed it before - which isn't very sophisticated but still somehow makes sense in a caveman sort of way. The agency wants American citizens to know that there are people out there trying to carry dangerous weapons onto airplanes. Fair enough. So their media outreach goal has been to show American citizens that there are people out there trying to carry dangerous weapons onto airplanes. See what we meant about not being very sophisticated?
Traditionally the agency has settled for very straightforward press outreach. Every time someone got caught carrying a knife or a gun or a cane with an effing sword in it through security, TSA would reach out to reporters to try to get a story written. That's why if you type in "TSA" on Google News, you'll get a bunch of local outlets writing one-off stories about weapons found in airports.
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Almost everything that's been said has been said, so here's the news plain and simple: the royal baby arrived today to parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.
While royal watchers and much of the UK catches their breath, brands are racing to express their well wishes. Of course airlines are getting in on the action, taking to Instagram and Twitter. Here's a few who've likely already sent little wooden toy airplanes to the hospital:
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Not like you need any more reason to travel to New York City, but hear us out a moment.
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline, dramatic and backlit. It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action.
During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline.
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Instagram has had video functionality for all of 24 hours at this point, and already an airline has pounced on the opportunity to use it as a marketing tool. Smart. Very smart, especially since this weekend will likely see Instagram addicts toying with making videos and searching for creative ones as inspiration.
That airline is JetBlue, and they're simply asking flyers to celebrate National Paper Airplane Day (today) by making either an Instagram Video or a Vine showing off paper airplane skills in a chance to win 20,000 TrueBlue miles. That's enough for a roundtrip flight, or several depending on your destination.
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In today's awesome-stuff-found-on-the-internet, we have behind-the-scenes Instagrams of fashion designer/luminary/man-about-the-world Karl Lagerfeld. Don't sigh just yet, for these aren't your run of the mill backstage shots; they're candids of Karl's travels by private jet, as photographed by Sebastien Jondeau.
Today they've flown from Prague to Singapore. That's no small puddle jump, and so their flight prep and onboard meal (sashimi!) come under Instagram focus.
Jondeau, a bodyguard of sorts, acts as Karl's shadow as he travels around the world taking care of business. In his spare timetaking clues from his other Instagram photosSebastian enjoys dirt biking, cycling, skiing, and meeting cats.
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After little less than a month of 3G internet access for foreigners visiting North Korea, Wired UK reports that the signal has been shut down as the hermit kingdom once again retreats into its usual campaign of warmongering.
Still, for that brief period, a few journalists were able to post tweets and Instagrams live from within the borders and, ever so briefly, skyrocket international cultural interest in a country that's usually only making headlines for their politics. Perhaps the 3G access was cut because of this, these images of a "softer side" of North Korea that's contrary to the propaganda officially proliferated by Pyongyang? We can only wonder as, of course, the last thing we can expect is clarification of any actions taken by North Korea.
If you missed the stream of social media during the brief 3G period, it thankfully all lives on in the internet. Here's where to find it:
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As regular readers of Jaunted know, every Wednesday we take some time out to feature a Travel Cat, defined as a cat (usually a stray) who has found for himself somewhere awesome to live in this world. Maybe that's in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia or on St. Maarten's Maho Beach, these kitties sure have the life.
Submissions for Travel Cat come to us via Twitter, email and--most importantly--Instagram, where we started the #TravelCat hashtag. Through this hashtag, Instagrammers share photos of cats they've spotted around the world, but there's also a lot right inside their own homes, apparently trying to go on vacation as well. We've gathered up all of these "armchair Travel Cats" in Buzzfeed-y style and, without further ado, here they are:
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Three quick questions for you: are you on Instagram? Do you like drinking tea? How about an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Kenya?
Liptonyes, the iced tea companyis looking for one outstanding Instagrammer to head over to Africa to visit the Lipton Rainforest Alliance certified tea estates in person. Yes, kinda like how Olive Garden has a real cooking school in Italy and how Sutter Home wine is a real Napa vineyard, Lipton's teas are truly made from leaves ethically harvested in Kenya and they're pretty proud of the fact.
You have until March 2 to submit to this "Liptagram Challenge," and there will be weekly prizes for photos, but it's that Grand Prize of the Kenya trip you should set your eyes onhow often does a Kenya trip come up as a prize!?
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We love a good, easy Instagram contest where the prize will have you traveling thousands of miles away for the effort of posting a single photo. This is why you've just go to enter Cathay Pacific's "Snap & Share Your Wishes" contest to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The concept is simple: just post an Instagram (with the proper hashtags noted below) and well wishes for Chinese New Year 2013. There'll be winners for Cathay goodies every week, but a single Grand Prize will bring the lucky Instagrammer a pair of roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong for the 2014 Chinese New Year festivities, including passes to the official Cathay Pacific International Night Parade.
Here's how to enter:
In case you've ever wondered what it'd be like to create a video using Instagram filters and common Insta themes, like, say a day of travel viewed through airplane windows and selfies, then have we found the music video for you.
It's the video for the song "Paradise" by Wild Nothing and directed by Matt Amato. The YouTube description is simple: "A story of plane travel and waterfalls starring Michelle Williams," but we can't help to try and figure out the airports and airline traveled by Ms. Williams.
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An instagram we recently posted with Qatar announced their Oneworld membership
Question or two for you. Have you traveled anywhere recently? Do you Instagram? If you answered yes to both (we hope you did), then you're already half-way to winning roundtrip flight on Qatar Airways.
In what is surely one of the easiest, most open Instagram contests yet, the Qatar Museums Authority is celebrating their "Art of Travel: Bartholomäus Schachman (1559-1614)" exhibition of watercolors from explorer Schachman's travels in the Ottoman Empire. What the Museums Authority wants to see from you is not a watercolor, however, but one great Instagram.
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Earlier this year, photo-sharing app Instagram revealed their very first photo, taken by founder Kevin Systrom while he was traveling in Mexico.
Well, travel takes the top spot yet again as Instagram listed their most Instagrammed locations for the entire year. Posted on their blog, the list shocks by putting an airport, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International, at number 1, and Times Square at a lowly number 4. There are actually two airports that make the cut, for Los Angeles International ranked sixth, higher even than the Eiffel Tower.
Check out the full top then on the Instagram blog.