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Family of Flight Attendant May Have Created World's Best Itty Bitty Bottle Opener

May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve got a great little gadget for our flight attendant friends, and for everyone else, really. A new Kickstarter project is looking for funds to produce a clever bottle opener, and its all designed by the family of a flight attendant (hence the aviation-influenced look).

Apparently all those tiny, airline-size booze bottles are a pain in the neck to open, as the little screw tops just don’t offer enough space to get a good grip for the twisting torque necessary to open them on op. The Mini Opener exists to rescue you from these kind of problems, as it’s the perfect solution for opening mini liquor bottles, cans of soda, and bottles of beer. It’s made in right here in the USA and it's on track to become the next must-have accessory for a properly stocked liquor cabinet.

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British Airways' New Feature is Totally Cool with Obsessive Mileage Counting

April 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

At the beginning of this year, we reviewed the most popular flight tracking websites for managing your personal miles flown and more. Well, there's a new kid on the block with British Airways' just-released My Flightpath.

As with the other websites we reviewed, My Flightpath keeps all data under your own account, but you'll need to sign in with your BA Executive Club number. Then, the data will be populated with your full, associated flying history since joining the frequent flyer program. The tool will track the full mileage flown, minutes in the sky, and how many 'round-the-world' trips it equates to.

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The Best Flight Tracking Websites, Ranked and Reviewed

January 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.

Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."

With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:

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Only Good News for Travelers Looking to Keep Gadgets On During Flights

December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two months after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, the rest of the world is finally beginning to follow along.

British Airways yesterday became the first international airline to declare gadgets safe for use throughout entire flights, even during take-off and landings, and without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet.

This is not something the airline has just up and done on its own; BA secured clearance for the change from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after passing safety tests. Expect more such news from European airlines in 2014, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is next to relax gadget rules on flights.

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Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use Coming to the European Skies ASAP

November 13, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that passengers on domestic US flights are keeping their power on during takeoff and landing (and everything in between), the question becomes when will other countries make the same ruling? Well, we have one answer: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will make gate-to-gate gadget use on European flights possible beginning the end of this month.

The news comes this morning from the EASA in Cologne, Germany. The exact wording is quite plain:

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FAA In-Flight Gadget Update: What Airlines Have the Thumbs Up to Keep the Power On

November 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been nearly two weeks since the Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. Already there's a photo contest and funny flight attendant story, but the freedom is limited to airlines with FAA approval.

The new directive went into effect on November 1, and airlines have been quick to send in their applications. Before keeping that smartphone/tablet/camera switched on, know if you're even allowed to by checking out which airlines even have the go-ahead from the FAA:

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Travel Contest Alert: Keep Your Gadget On, Take a Photo Under 10,000 Feet, Win First Class Flights

November 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like only yesterday the FAA allowed flyers to keep their gadgets turned on below 10,000 feet on flights. In fact, it was last week, and already the approved airlines are going gung-ho to promote this new sliver of flyer freedom.

Thus far, the FAA has given the go-ahead for gate-to-gate portable electronic device (PED) use on all Delta and JetBlue flights, and most American Airlines flights.

Already JetBlue is reminding flyers that it's totally cool to take advantage of the new gadget rule to take awesome photos out the airplane window during take-off and landing. And of course there's a hashtag for that: "share your no-need-to-be-sneaky pics by tagging them #below10kfeet."

In the meantime, Delta has rolled out the first contest to award photos taken below 10,000 feet.

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Take a Look at the First Flight with FAA-Approved Personal Gadget Use

November 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Friday indeed, as today marks the first time air travelers may use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed down the new directive yesterday, but held off on issuing airlines final approval until this afternoon when JetBlue and Delta got the sign-off on required testing to keep devices switched on.

According to ABC News:

Delta said on Thursday that all of its aircrafts had completed the "carrier-defined PED tolerance testing" needed to ensure that the electronic device frequencies didn't interfere with the aircraft. JetBlue said the same today, noting that all of its 191 planes had passed inspection.

These preparations have paid off for the airlines, as JetBlue and Delta came into a photo finish to the be the first airline approved under the new FAA directive. Other domestic airlines have either submitted for approval or are in the process of it, with the goal of Thanksgiving. Of course, flight attendants may just look the other way.

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FAA Finally Allows Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use! But Wait, There's a Catch

October 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Personal electronic gadget use does not crash airplanes. One would think this is already an accepted fact, but it's only today that the Federal Aviation Administration has concurred. At 10am EST, the FAA issued a new directive concerning the use of "PED" (Portable Electronic Devices) on commercial flights.

Previously, all electronics had to be switched off (not just on "airplane mode") during the taxi, take-off and landing portions of flight, and only approved for use while the aircraft was cruising above 10,000 feet. With the new FAA directive, passengers will be able to continue with reading on their tablets, listening to music on iPods and smartphones, and playing games on handheld consoles.

THE CATCH: all electronics will still need to be put away during the safety briefing, and during takeoff and landing roll. Larger electronics like laptops will still need to be shut down and stowed until 10,000'.

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Five Classy Father's Day Gifts for Traveling Dads

June 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Father's Day is only a few weeks away, and we're here to help you out with gift ideas for those fathers and father figures in your life who "seem to have everything" or, you know, "like to jet off to a foreign country at a moment's notice."

We would normally recommend planning a trip for you and your pop to form some long-lasting memories, but we know that's not the most feasible solution due to lack of time and/or lack of funds, so we've narrowed the recommendations down to five affordable, easy gifts for fathers who travel:

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You Get an iPad, and You Get an iPad...

Where: Australia
November 9, 2011 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

...it's like being on The Oprah show when she gives away her favorite things.

Back in early 2010, we brought you the story of iPads being launched as in-flight entertainment options; it just took a while for plans to come to fruition. This week, our friends "down under" at Jetstar actually came through and rolled out new in-flight entertainment options. The LCC is now offering passengers in all cabins the option to rent an iPad on flights from Oz to New Zealand, plus other short-haul internationals. Eventual roll-out across the whole domestic network is in the works.

This is the first time iPads have been offered in the short-haul economy cabin and, frankly, this really makes us super giddy. The rental cost of $10-15 AUD (depending on flight duration) isn't too bad either, considering the entertainment options. Each device is preloaded with TV shows, new release movies and music with a line-up of the hottest games *ahem Angry Birds*, e-mags and e-books.

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Now It's Boeing Going All In with iPads in the Cockpit

October 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

At this point we’ve seen iPads everywhere up in the air, from the cabins to the cockpits, and now it looks like even airline manufacturers are getting in on the tablet craze.

Boeing is now recommending that airlines switch to computer-based navigation charts, maps, and other trajectory tidbits, and that they utilize current electronic options available for the iPad. Jeppesen makes the app—conveniently they’re part of Boeing—and they will soon be offering these pilot friendly products in an Android flavor too. What's happening might not allow for in-flight Angry Birds for passengers sitting in the back, but it will allow pilots to ditch some of their heavy paper products.

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