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Everyone loves a good airport beer, and perhaps a good shower beer when the mood strikes, but what about a helicopter beer?
This last weekend, the China Helicopter Tournament 2013 in the province of Shandong decided that a fun challenge for the 20 competing pilots would be to open a beer bottle...using bottle openers mounted to the skids of their choppers.
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In case you’ve forgotten to flip the pages on your puppies and kitties calendar it’s already October, and in fact next week is Halloween. That means November—and apparently the start of the holiday season—is just about a week away. We can’t fight it and say it’s too soon to start talking about Santa and his elves, so we just say congratulations to Delta for being the first in the industry to officially welcome the holiday season—even if it’s October.
Delta just revealed a revamped in-flight safety video building off their previous versions, as they wanted something to welcome one and all during the busy travel season that is just weeks ahead. The video runs almost five minutes, and is a great distraction as you’re enjoying your morning coffee and ignoring the messages arriving within your inbox.
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Sweet Home Chicago!
More than half of the population of Illinois calls Chicago home and with it being a world class city, millions of travelers either come to walk the Magnificent Mile or spy on the city from one of two rooftop sky-decks. Whichever category you fall into, you can't help but to be awe-inspired with this video.
Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, Windy City Nights is a beautifully shot time-lapse video that showcases everything that makes the Second City awesome. Max Wilson is the film-maker and spent about 2 years traipsing around Chicago to nab the perfect shot as the rest of the world whizzes by. Spoiler alert: his hard work paid off.
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The masters of creative and humorous in-flight safety videos have struck again with another brilliant take on maintaining well-being during flight and in the event of an emergency. We've seen Air New Zealand use nude cabin crew, cartoons, and even hobbits, but this time they've recruited Betty White to help us remember to fasten our seatbelts and point out the emergency exits.
The Golden Girl is featured in the airline's latest vid, titled "Safety Old School Style," as some Air NZ cabin crew help passengers with all the basics. Betty gets a little backup from some other "folks that have been there and done that," including The Love Boat's most famous cruise ship captain, Gavin McCloud.
Not all videos are tilt-shift, but the time-lapse rush is a common technique, even in sleepy locales like Ardennes and Vermont. If you do nothing else today, take a moment and browse Little Big World's videos and indulge in a few minutes of 2-3. We have just one warning: may lead to overwhelming feelings of wanderlust.
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We don't do this very much, but there's a Saturday Night Live sketch you need to see.
We won't spoil the best bits, but the situation involves two "Express Air" gate agents (one of whom is Tina Fey) at an unspecified airport, boarding a flight by groups. They begin innocently enough by boarding the elderly, but after elites have their turn it all goes downhill...into hilarious territory.
This is something of a comment on new procedures of recent, specifically on American Airlines, to add another boarding group just for travelers without rolling carry-on luggage. That's right; if you're flying AA and you're traveling light with only a briefcase, backpack or purse, then you'll be called to board somewhere between the elites and the regular groups. SNL has their own take on this, of course.
To watch the short video, head to Yahoo Screen.
Spring is beginning in South America. It's nearly the perfect time of the year to embark on those bucketlist trips to Machu Picchu, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, the Andes, wine country and more. While these spots are absolutely worth your time and travel money, it's important to remember that so is the rest of the continent. In just over five minutes, three filmmakers make this case with stunning shots and exhilerating experiences caught on camera.
The short film, titled "In South America: Untamed Winds" and sponsored by Latin America for Less, follows friends, Vincent Urban, Clemens Krüger, and Stefan Templer on their 4-month road trip through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and southern Brazil. The "untamed winds" are themselves an additional character, as you'll come to see.
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"Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay." It's a cute slogan, and believe it or not it comes from the tourism board of Philadelphia, PA.
The words are backed up by a new commercial following the "selfie" antics around the city by drag queen Miss Richfield 1981, all with the aim of driving Gay Travel to Philly. So what's the big deal? Well, this is actually only the third commercial by a US destination focused on the LGBT audience, and yet here we are in 2013.
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We’re here to remind you that just because the weather is starting to get a little cooler, it doesn’t at all mean that fun trips to Europe have to wait. That’s especially the case for Amsterdam, as a new tourism video has us yearning for a visit in any season.
Their latest ad lets travelers know that everything hip is from Holland, and it looks like the whole thing was shot with liberal application of instagram filters. From bicycles and townhouses to "quirky hipster stuff"—their words not ours—the city has it all.
Late September through November is a lovely time to form any excuse to hop over for a long weekend over in Europe. Perhaps this is that excuse.
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This has been a week of ups and downs on social media for British Airways. After sailing on positive press for their new A380 and 787 aircraft, a hit came in the form of a single promoted tweet bashing their luggage handling. More on that later.
For now, we return to their bright and shiny planes new to the tarmac, both of which will take to the skies on their inaugural routes within 30 days of each other. In fact, the 787 already has set up and out on its route from London to Toronto, but it's the London to Newark route inaugural on October 1 that'll be the real trophy. To prepare for this and the September 24 start of the A380's service between Los Angeles and London, BA is launching a fresh ad campaign, first debuted this morning on social media channels.
When the term North Pole is thrown around, images of polar bears, icebergs, snow, and sometimes even Santa come to mind. Now you may add a lake to all that imagery of northernmost point of planet Earth.
The folks up at North Pole Environmental Observatory are tasked with ensuring that the frozen-tundra ecosystem is monitored appropriately. This scientific body is chock full of environmental experts who closely watch the happenings of the top of Earth and, this season, they've witnessed a lot of action for an area that has few visitors; this action might have a ripple effect on those of us that live a bit closer to the Equator.
The "airplane mode" debate is always a hot topic, and we admit to "forgetting" to turn our electronics all the way off during takeoff and landing, but until there are definitive answers instead of a "we don't know so just ban it all" attitude, travel-savvy passengers will take the electronic interference warnings with a grain of salt.
College Humor recently put their talents to work on a short skit as a nice social commentary on the divisive issue. It's definitely a cute clip until the flight attendant overacts the last minute. Sidenote: you may want to turn down your volume or risk everyone hearing the f-bombs yelled by the FA. One quick spoiler before the video (posted below) is our favorite quote:
So you're saying a $90 million dollar aircraft can't ignore the signal from my $40 iPod Shuffle? That's weird.