Travel is something we all love; visiting a foreign land can be thrilling, educational and horizon-expanding. But the actual travel part – getting from here to there – can be exhausting and frustrating. And this week there was plenty in the news about the in-flight experience… some good, some bad and some that depends on your perspective.
First, the good. I’ve never quite understood the rationale about turning off your cellphone and other devices when flying – if it was such a big deal, couldn’t someone looking to cause an issue just leave his phone on? Or shouldn’t we have to turn them in when we boarded the plane? Whatever. Time’s Keith Wagstaff reports that Virgin Atlantic will soon allow passengers to make in-flight cellphone calls on some flights. Cellphones will still need to be turned off during takeoff and landing. Bear in mind that you won’t be doing that in the U.S. – American law requires phones to be turned within 250 miles of U.S. airspace.
Security pat-downs in airports are a necessary aspect of traveling in today’s world. A lot of people don’t like it, and the system frequently seems completely illogical. But one person who seems to be fine with the notion of the security search is former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who received a pat-down last weekend at LaGuardia in New York. A freelance reporter who happened to witness the pat-down said the 89-year-old Kissinger, who was in a wheelchair, received “the full Monty.”
An in-flight concert could be a completely awesome airplane experience, or a colossal annoyance, depending on your musical tastes. Passengers on a delayed Toronto-to-Frankfurt flight got an earful of Lemon Bucket Orkestra this week.
Berlin’s state-of-the-art Brandenburg International Airport was set for a spectacular opening next month. However, USA Today’s Ben Mutzabaugh has the story of an internationally embarrassing delay – the airport opening has been put off for a full nine months to resolve some troubling fire safety and prevention issues.
Last week, we talked about the Eurozone Crisis and what it might mean for travelers headed to Europe this summer. Our conclusion was that travel to Europe should be just fine, but you need to keep tuned into the news for new developments. This week, both the Washington Post and CNN caught up to us and explored the topic of what the crisis means for travelers. They came to the same conclusion we did – you’ll be fine, but you should stay aware.
I’d like to be, under the sea, in an Octopus’ Garden, with you. Or better yet, in a luxury underwater hotel in Dubai – a really cool idea that’s now in the planning stages.
Or, if Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea isn’t one of your faves, how about his Journey To The Center Of The Earth? At CNNGO, Violet Kim explores deep inside the heart of an Icelandic volcano.