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Vivienne Westwood, move over. You aren't the only fashion designer doing flight attendant uniforms.
Conde Nast Traveler reports that Zac Posen will design new uniform looks for both the flight attendants and the in-airport personnel.
"I always wanted to work with an airline," Posen told Condé Nast Traveler. "It combines a lot of different skills of mine, and Delta has been a leader, and I hope to make them look stylish."
Sadly, it will take until 2018 for passengers to spy the high fashion in-flight but we do like how Posen and Delta are asking Delta employees what they'd like to see from their uniforms. CNT reports that some suggestions offered at the formal announcement of the Posen partnership today included "The 'WOW' Factor!", "empowered," "classy and stylish," and "A lot of Red!" We say, "ALL OF THE ABOVE."
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After Saturday's devastating earthquake, many people here in the U.S. want to help those in Nepal, but they aren't sure where to start.
If your instinct is to get on the next flight to Kathmandu, that might not be the best plan. Even if you have the time and resources needed to head to Nepal, food, lodging and volunteer coordination may be lacking, making some well-intentioned travelers more of a burden than a help.
But, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of organized volunteer opportunities in Nepal in the future. Habitat for Humanity is already planning a longer-term response that will assist affected communities with permanent housing solutions.
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I was boarding a plane when it happened, the Nepal Earthquake, that is.
I wasn't in Kathmandu. I was in Abu Dhabi, readying for a 15-hour flight back to the U.S., but I knew that one of my good friends was in Nepal and had been traveling around some of the areas most effected by the 7.8 earthquake and its aftershocks. How bad was this really? Was he safe?
While initial reports of the earthquake's magnitude rolled down my Twitter stream, a Facebook notification appeared just before the crew made the announcement for electronic devices to be turned off for take off. That notification, a green exclamation point icon, instantly shared that my friend had used the social network to "mark himself safe." I sighed with relief and turned off my device, beginning the long flight less anxious with the knowledge that he had reached out, somehow, to share his status.
Remember way back to when the Hawaii Superferry was doing its thing, as it took tourists and locals alike across a quick stretch of the Pacific? Well things did not really work out too well, and that last we heard the ferry was sent off to an early retirement over in Virginia—far, far from the islands of Hawaii.
Well now it looks like the state government in paradise is thinking about a little ferry fun once again, as there is discussion about starting up a more affordable way to get between the islands without taking to the skies. Officials like what they have seen over in Washington State, and they have given the go ahead for the Department of Transportation to study how things could shake out. This time there seems to be more of a focus on passengers only rather than cars too.
One of the concerns is that residents just can’t afford the airfare to hop between the islands, and that’s especially the case when multiplying things for a family of four—or more. So there’s certainly a lot to look at here, and by no means will you be taking a traditional ferry between Oahu and Maui anytime soon. However, we’ll see where this goes, and of course will keep you posted.
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Add May 29 to your iCal. That's the date the One World Trade Center's observatory opens to the public, for 100th-story views from the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
Entry won't be cheap, at $32 for adults 13-64 and $26 for children 6-12 (children under 5 are free), but it is significantly more affordable than tickets for the Burj Khalifa's Observatory, which run $55 for adults during peak visitation hours.
The very first batch of tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 8, at 10am EST. Of course complimentary admission is extended to family members of those killed on 9/11, and to the rescue and recovery workers who worked at the site in the months following the tragedy.
You know that moment when you're deep into a long-distance journey and you just cannot get comfortable enough to sleep? And you'd do just about, or pay just about anything for some sort of bed, or sleep support for even a few hours of life-rewewing sleep? Well, Boeing may have a little something for you.
GeekWire touches on the company's newest patent (issued March 24), one which would "solve the common problem of trying to sleep hunched over to the side or straight up." The solution? An all-too-simple addition of a "backpack-like" device which snaps into your seat and provides a front support for a passenger's head and chest, to allow for a forward leaning sleeping position.
Naturally it has a super fun name, too: "Transport Vehicle Upright Sleep Support System."
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This week arrived with the news that the U.S. Department of State had made the decision to discontinue adding pages to passports and, instead, require a filled passport to be replaced with a fresh book. This change, due in December this year, would mean frequent travelers who quickly fill passport pages would have to face the re-application, payment, and processing time of receiving a new passport more often than if the refill pages were still available.
We published the news on Monday and, today, have a response from the State Department. It may very well be the justification for the change being sent to all media reporting on the topic, but it's still worth a read:
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This year's ski season is winding down but there are some big plans for the ski scene in Park City next year.
Vail Resorts made waves in the ski industry when it announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort back in the fall. At that time, it was speculated that Vail could combine, or at least create a strong connection, between PCMR and its neighboring resort, Canyons.
This week, that speculation became a reality. Vail received unanimous approval from the Park City Planning Commission to implement a $50 million "Capital Improvement Plan" that will create the largest ski area in North America (7,300 skiable acres) by connecting PCMR and Canyons via a gondola. It will also complete a number of other upgrades, such as upgraded lifts and restaurants.
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A standard US passport is only 32 pages. Considering it's supposed to last you through 10 years of travels, that's a pretty poor expectation the U.S. Department of State has for its citizens. Thankfully thing are looking up, as The Points Guy received a hot tip from Allied Passport today that, beginning this December, standard passports will increase to 52 pages.
At the same time, the ability to order extra pages will go away, meaning once you've filled your book you'll need to re-apply and pay for a whole new passport.
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In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.
At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.
While the reason for the cancellation isn't clearfrequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreementwe do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.
We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.
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US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.
And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.
Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.
File this one under "what the hell were they thinking?"
American Airlines got a request from a an Illinois family whose young daughter had died. Understandably, they were too crushed to take the vacation they had all planned to take together, and they were hoping to get their airline tickets refunded. This matter should have been handled immediately, quietly, and in its entirety.
So of course that's not at all what happened. Instead, the airline sent an apologetic note, expressing their sorrow for the death of the girl but firmly explaining that the tickets were non-refundable. Mom shared her story on her Facebook page, and from there nature took its course.
An online rage mob formed (kind of appropriately, in this case) and on Tuesday American ended up providing the refunds.
Quote unquote "We fully refunded [her] ticket last night and apologized to [the family] for not doing so immediately when she first contacted us." No kidding.