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Celebs! They're just like us! Well, "us" in general, since we would probably never find ourselves in the messy predicament actress and comedian Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, SNL, Marcel the Shell) found herself in on a flight yesterday:
I'd like to apologize to everyone on @JetBlue flight 794 for throwing up on myself the plane, to thank the very kind staff, &to die of shame— jenny slate (@jennyslate) November 10, 2013
JetBlue's flight number 794 travels from Austin, TX to New York, NY, a popular route with filmmakers, musicians and others in creative industries.
Thanks to Slate's attention to detail and inclusion of the flight number in her tweet, @jetblue responded that they will go the extra mile to make sure the crew receives her thanks and appreciation.
Also onboard was fellow comedian and new author Rob Delaney, who also took the time to tweet an observation at JetBlue, to which JetBlue replied with their usual social media brilliance.
Ryanair / Airlines / Airline News / Twitter / LCCs / Social Media / → All Tags
The traditional approach of Irish LCC Ryanair - reviled customer-demeaning, customer-exploiting airline that it is - has been to avoid social media except in those precise cases where it can be used as a platform for the airline's celebrated douchebaggery. When travel bloggers label you literally the world's worst airline, getting feedback from customers probably isn't high on your list.
We actually once wrote a post musing about what a Ryanair Twitter feed might look like. One possibility we imagined at the time: "@BritishAirways is teh suck lolol!!1!"
After a super swanky 3-day wedding in San Diego last weekend, LeBron James and Savannah Brinson have surfaced in Rome, Italy.
It appears the high school sweethearts are spending their honeymoon visiting the city's ancient ruins and are loving every minute of it.
Social Media / Twitter / Airline Industry / British Airways / Lost Luggage / Bad Ideas / Travel Rants / → All Tags
The growth of Twitter has had an uneven effect on the airline industry and its relationship to travelers.
On one hand, it has enabled the development of a real-time concierge service that really does help customers. We've publicly tweeted about airline-driven mistakes, then gotten transfered to direct messages, and then gotten incoming mobile phone calls...and then gotten our problems resolved. There are articles and even studies about the effectiveness of airlines' Twitter war rooms.
On the other hand, there's something about Twitterand it's the same thing with Yelp and TripAdvisorthat transforms some people into gigantic douchebags. Or at the very least, it allows them to publicly highlight their douchebaggery in breathtaking ways. Let's take this gem of a userthe guy who paid $1,000 to promote a tweet attacking British Airways for temporarily misplacing his father's luggageas a case study.
Breaking News / Airport News / Airports / KIA / Nairobi Travel / Kenya Travel / Africa Travel / Twitter / NBO / JKIA / Kenya Airways / → All Tags
[Update 4pm EST]: The International Arrivals building was indeed the one on fire, and it has been destroyed enough to cause the airport to cease international flights. The airport has however reopened for cargo and domestic flights. An AP video (see below) states that the airport is looking to convert another airport building into a makeshift international terminal so that those flights may also resume sooner rather than later.
[Update 1:30am EST]: Kenya Airways has issued a statement via Facebook declaring that all their passengers are safe.
[BREAKING NEWS 1:10am EST]:
Reports are flooding in from social media and even from the BBC, that Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA/NBO) is closed due to a massive fire engulfing a building on airport property.
All passengers and staff have been evacuated and the airport is closed as of 7am local Nairobi time, although Twitter users reported that airplanes continued to land even after the Nairobi Fire Department's trucks arrived to tackle the blaze. There's no word just yet on if the fire has caused casualties or injuries, or even what the cause of the fire may be.
Only one major rumor has been confirmed by the airport, with this statement: "We confirm reports of a fire at JKIA affecting part of the international arrivals building and Unit 1 departures."
You've arrived. That was a long flight, wasn't it? You unpack, get settled in and finally sit still for a moment, only to have your balance tell you that you're still in motion.
The feeling of being in flight or sailing on water even though you're on solid ground typically manifests itself a few hours after disembarking from a long-haul flight, a cruise, a train trip or really any extended period where you've been in motion. We suffer from it quite regularly, especially after flights over 10 hours and any time spent on a ship. It's wholly unpleasant, but more of an annoyance and a sad reminder that the journey has come to an end.
Still, what do you call this sensation? We always just referred to it as "phantom motion," but it turns out that there are two official names:land sickness (for the feeling of being in flight) and sea legs (for the feeling of being on waves).
Social Media / Vine / Travel Videos / Airlines / Airline News / Twitter / → All Tags
Okay so Twitter's little video sharing app Vine has been around now for four months, and while it's been fun to play with, it hasn't quite caught on to turn any travel-related Vines viral. That said, several airlines have begun to test it out, and even use it in contests, such as when American Airlines awarded a Vine-r with a flight on their 777-300ER to London.
If you're at all curious to watch how airlines make this new social media tool work for them, or you'd just like to follow more Vine accounts in general, here's whose Vine-ing thus far:
Social Media / Airline Lounges / Business Class Travel / Free Stuff / Klout / Twitter / Facebook / → All Tags
Free WiFI, snacks, drinks, nice restrooms (and maybe showers!), a comfy place to sit, power outletsairline lounges are as near to haven as a traveler can get in an airport. Too bad entry to them is reserved for an airline's most loyal or highest spending flyers...unless you're in possession of a coveted day pass.
Right now, however, American Airlines is welcoming anyone into their Admirals Club lounges with a free day pass, provided you have enough Klout.
You see, AA wants to hear what even those in Economy have to say about the Admirals Clubs, and naturally they also want to hear it on social media. A one-day pass is typically $50, but they'll hand it over for free if you've got a Klout score of 55 or higher. That pass will then grant you access to one of the 37 worldwide Admirals Clubs (we suggest the one at London-Heathrow).
One winner of all will also be chosen for a one year membership to the Admirals Club. Nice!
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Rainn and his fellow Office cast mates were on their way to Scranton for The Office Wrap Party but their plans were derailed when their flight from Philly to Scranton left 10 minutes early. After missing the flight, Rainn unleashed a Twitter rant on U.S. Airways.
Social Media / Travel Photography / Vine / Twitter / Travel Tech / Videos / iPhone / iPhone Travel Apps / The City via Vine / Hong Kong Travel / Chinese New Year / → All Tags
Video-sharing app Vine has existed on the social media scene now for several weeks and, though we've already made our feelings on the Twitter-owned newbie well known, we're still giving it a chance. After all, though the "Instagram of video" lacks so much now, there's real potential for the future if Vine gets cracking on some fresh coding.
Anywho, over two trips in the last two weeks we've attempted to find some usefulness in Vine, andget thiswe succeeded. Vine is best deployed for sharing the tiniest moments in travel, those which would be easily lost in the static menagerie of Instagram. Below are six examples, all shot while we tooled around Hong Kong during Chinese New Year last week.
Note: Control each Vine by clicking on it to pause. Also, click the sound square at the top right of each Vine to enable the audio.
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Elementary logic: all organizations are increasingly leveraging social media, zoos are organizations, therefore zoos are increasingly leveraging social media. What differentiates zoos from other groups, of course, is that their tweets, posts, photos, and videos are much, much cuter.
Our beloved San Diego Zoo probably sets the standard for social media completionismtheir annual Panda Week activities are to the pointbut the National Zoo in Washington, DC is not far behind. Last year they live-tweeted the artificial insemination of a giant panda and the subsequent birth of the panda baby. Both of those were neat but not particularly cute.
The zoo's most recent live-tweeted event did much better on the cuteness front: photos and descriptions of elephant baths.
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Vine. vine. VINE. Everybody's talking about Vine, the free "movie" app from the people at Twitter. Rolled out last Thursday, Vine allows users to create 6-second clips with audio, like a talkie GIF, on an iPhone. The app mainly hit the headlines for a slip-up that placed a porn Vine as an "Editor's Pick." Whoopsies, but it did the job of getting the word out about the new launch.
Clips can be live action, stop motion-style or loops, or a combination of all three depending on how you touch the app. There's no editing capability so a Vine requires extra forethought. Travel is one of only several official categories, and travel Vines are accessed by searched the "#travel" hashtag. The content there is already a complete mess of whatever, with nothing interesting enough to spend more than a second or two watching.
It took us like a half-hour to produce the 5-second Vine embedded below, and it's not like we're proud of it (click the link to make it work--another negative!).