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What's the Deal with Passengers Grabbing Luggage During Emergency Evacuations?

March 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

"One is an example. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend."

Something has been troubling us lately. Recent footage and images of emergency aircraft evacuations show passengers consciously disobeying flight crew commands to leave their luggage onboard. Fools are grabbing carry-ons and shopping bags, hopping down the emergency slides with them, and running for their lives.

Granted, emergency landings and evacuations are an extremely rare occurrence and it's likely you'll never have to experience one. Still, should you find yourself queuing up to shimmy out an emergency exit, please remember to put the well-being of fellow passengers before that of your duty-free impulse buys.

Take, for instance, the tragic incidence of the Asiana 214 crash landing at SFO last year. Video footage of the evacuation (as the plane burns!) has passengers running with armloads of bags. Several bags are clearly from duty-free shops. To say this is embarrassing is a gross understatement, especially considering three passengers lost their lives.

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What's This Airplane Shape Doing in the Middle of the Sahara Desert?

Where: Niger
February 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Searching Google Maps yields all kinds of "Easter Eggs"—little surprises tucked away but discoverable to those paying close attention. For example, there's planes flying by, Britain's most picturesque streets, and even the world's largest slip and slide. But it's a feature found in the no-man's-land Ténéré region of the Sahara Desert that really raises eyebrows. Enter coordinates 16° 51′ 53.75″ N, 11° 57′ 13.36″ E into Google Maps and find a tiny dot that is actually a massive shape of an airplane.

This, a landmark hand-built of rock and one of the aircraft wings, is actually a memorial to the 170 people on UTA Airlines 772 who perished when a terrorist suitcase bomb exploded the aircraft in 1989.

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Is LAX Back to Normal after Friday's Shooting?

Where: Los Angeles, CA
November 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

The emergency situation of Friday at Los Angeles International Airport is thankfully over, but while the police continue their investigation into the gunman who entered Terminal 3 and shot TSA agents (killing one), the airport itself returns to mostly normal operations.

For travelers with upcoming flights into or out of LAX, here's the latest answers on what's up at the airport:

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NYC's 'Tribute in Light' Returns for Twelfth Anniversary of September 11

September 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the attacks, but the tenth for the lights themselves. Officially the installation is called "Tribute in Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Nearly every year they've appeared was said to be the last, but here they are still.

Tomorrow and through this upcoming weekend, expect lower Manhattan to be heavily policed, and hordes of visitors to descend upon the area around the 9/11 Memorial.

If you just want to see the lights, however, they're perfectly visible from popular tourist sites such as the Staten Island Ferry and Empire State Building visitor deck. Also, search the #TributeinLight hashtag on Instagram for hundreds of images.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Another Day, Another Incorrect News Report on Asiana 214

July 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who's ready for another round of the newest game sweeping the travel journalism world, "How Racist Can Reporters Get About The Crash Of Asiana Airlines Flight 214" (it's not the world's pithiest name, but it gets the point across). Last round's big winner was the Chicago Sun Times. The Sun Times got into trouble for headlining their story on the crash "FRIGHT 214," which more than one person thought was a not-very-clever reference to the stereotype of Asians being unable to pronounce L's. The paper apologized and that seems to have been that.

Our newest winner, however, may have gone so far over the line that they're probably going to get sued by the airline. And it's not impossible, given the schoolyard racism of the incident, that the airline will win.

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Is This the Stupidest Asiana Airlines 214 Headline Yet?

July 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've now reached the point in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragedy where coverage shifts from being about the story itself, to coverage being about the coverage of the story. Before we continue we want to emphasize that there are some actual angles being covered, from the substantive updates to the actual investigation to the reported heroics of members of the crew.

Then there's travel journalism scandal, which has been covered everywhere from top journalism blogs to international news wires.

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Asiana Airlines 777 Crashes and Burns at San Francisco International Airport

July 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)


It's being reported that a flight crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport just before noon PST. Details are few in these early stages, and rumors of fatalities have not been confirmed. Even CNN is jumping to conclusions.

At this time, here is what we do know about the incident:

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Boston Marathon Bombings Cause Deaths, Subway Suspension, No-Fly Zone

April 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

This afternoon, as the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon was under way with approximately 27,000 runners, two explosive devices detonated in the vicinity of the Finish Line, near the downtown Boston intersection of Boylston and Essex Streets. Initial reports state that the bombs were in trash cans within a block of each other (we've pinpointed the locations on a map below) and the explosions caused storefronts to explode as well as serious injuries for bystanders.

· 10pm: American Airlines is also offering a change waiver for flights to/from Boston. The Wall Street Journal tweets: "Officials found what they believe are 5 additional, undetonated explosive devices in Boston area."

· 8pm: One of the two confirmed dead is an 8-year-old boy.

· 7:15pm: The London Marathon is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday. Organizers are working with US authorities to review security and the potential for a copy-cat crime. The London Marathon is expected to have 37,000 runners. [Source: NBC News]

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Model Maggie Rizer Claims United Airlines Killed Her Golden Retriever

September 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Air travel for pets is often a precarious situation. Some airlines let Fido and Fluffy ride with their owners in the cabin, while others insist that animals go in the cargo hold. And, even if airlines are super permissive (like Pet Airways), it doesn't change the fact that animals often face health risks in the air. Take the sad story of Maggie Rizer's dog, for example.

Rizer, a well-known model and Vogue mainstay, had a golden retriever named Bea. Rizer often brought Bea around the world with her, most recently on a United Airlines flight from Newark to San Francisco. She took to her blog (heartbreakingly titled "And Bea Makes Three") to write about the pooch's death. Here is an excerpt:

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How To Get Tickets To The 9-11 Memorial

September 12, 2011 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been ten years in the making, but yesterday the 9/11 Memorial in New York City opened to families of the victims affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Starting today, the place is open to anyone and everyone, so you’re free to pay your respects. However, you are going to need a ticket, but don’t worry—they’re free.

Timed admission passes are available online, but as you can imagine, they're being booked up quickly. As of this morning, there are a few options for later this month, but you’re going to need to cut of work early—or extend that lunch break—as they’re smack dab in the middle of the afternoon. The online reservation system is pretty slick, as you can pick specific times and dates with little to no hassle—again, assuming availability. Things were a little buggy at times, but we’re just thinking it’s because we’re only one of like a million people trying to access the site.

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The NYC Skyline As We Know It Now

September 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

This Sunday is the 10th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Because of 9/11, everything changed—the skyline of New York City is just one piece of that change.

Remembering all who lost their lives that day, including the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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10 Years Later, Photographer Joe McNally Exhibits 'The Faces of Ground Zero'

August 24, 2011 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Wow, I can't believe it's been ten years already." These are the words that'll drop from many lips, in a range of languages, for the next couple months as we hit the decade mark for the events of September 11, 2001. Everyone has a story—where you were, what you were doing, who you know connected to the tragedies—but can they really compare to those of the First Responders and their families? The history of 9/11 appears on their faces, deepening worry lines and giving a glint to a previously stony glare.

These are the people who star in ginormous polaroids by famed photographer Joe McNally, the polaroids which first went on display in 2002 after McNally captured the images in a studio on the Bowery, mere weeks after the World Trade Center came down. Revisiting the project these ten years later, McNally has switched to a Nikon DSLR but the subjects are the same.

The exhibit—"Faces of Ground Zero: 10 Years Later"—opens today and runs through September 12, 2011. It's located on the first and second levels of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, New York City, and is completely free to the public. We stopped in just this morning...

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