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A few years ago, Air New Zealand debuted the SkyCouch, which is comprised of three seats in a row in economy with foot rests that extend all the way up to create, well, a little couch on the airplane.
In theory, it is amazing and to some extent very democratic as it costs way less than premium economy and first class. But is SkyCouch comfortable? And can you really sleep in it? Yes and no.
In 2011, Jaunted contributor Eric Rosen took a nap on SkyCouch on a flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, so sleeping is definitely possible but he warned that SkyCouch was not meant for two people trying to get a full night's sleep during the flight. So when we upgraded our two economy tickets to SkyCouch for a trip from Los Angeles to London the other week (for about $500), we were skeptical of the sleeping situation.
Indeed when this editor and her husband made up the SkyCouch, it was not comfortable for the two of us to lay down at the same time.
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It's that time of year when we not only look for spring right around the corner, but also spend one day indulging in little pranks. It's April Fools' Day and this year our focus isn't on airlines' false press releases, but rather actual bad travel ideas we wish were jokes.
Flamingo Air's "Mile High Club" flights
If joining the mile-high club is on your bucket-list, now you can do it safely and securely on an "airline" specifically for those wanting to get nasty on a plane. For $425, a small chartered aircraft will give frisky couples access to a queen bed in the sky for a 60-minute flight. The package includes champagne, chocolates, and one discrete pilot at the controls.
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As we never tire of reminding you, especially as space tourism gets closer and closer to becoming a reality, the upward trajectory of civilian aviation has been nothing short of remarkable. It's only been about a century since human beings figured out how to create fixed wing heavier-than-air flying machines, and we're now on the verge of sending travelers on sub-orbital mini-vacations. As far as history is concerned, that's the blink of an eye.
Of course as soon as people figured out how to get airborne, they almost immediately invented autopilots so they could stay airborne in the laziest possible way. And as soon as they invented autopilots, they tried to use their free time to have sex in the air. Because despite the wide variety and ingenuity of the human race, people are kind of morons when it comes to sex.
Now, fresh off a visit to the Lovers Deep website, we see that the sex under the sea concept is not that of any news media -- it's actually the service this company is selling. That's right, this submarine operator wants to set you up to make a little motion in the ocean.
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We admit there have been times that we may have put noise cancelling headphones just to give the illusion of listening to music, warding off fellow passengers' incessant blabbing. There also have been times we've noticed someone that looks interestingahem attractive ahemand wished we could swap seats to get a little closer.
The latter is how KLM prefers to fly, and they'll soon offer passengers the ability to pick their seatmate based on Facebook or Linkedin profiles. By next year, the airline will not only offer a window or aisle preference, but allow customers to view the profile of other passengers, then choose whether or not to sit next to them.
The first red flag we see is the obvious privacy of personal details. Passengers must opt-in to have their social media profile available for other travelers to see. Which means, not everyone will be taking part in this singles bar in the sky. Sigh of relief! It also begs the question; will the aircraft have a cabin area set aside for these passengers who are single and ready to mingle?