Air travel sucks. Yes, it has become democratic since the exclusive glamour of the early days, with inexpensive flights available to the masses. But in turn, airlines often alienate low-cost travelers. New airplane developments in 2018 only served to widen the gap between wealthy travelers and the rest of us. advertisement advertisement Fortunately, not everything is bad news for the common globetrotter and city hopper. Let’s review, from best to nightmare: Economy seat optimized for space and comfort Eco Seat–presented by London-based design studio PearsonLloyd at this year’s Airplane Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany–is a major evolution of the miserable economy airplane seat: it’s a thin carbon fiber composite shell supported by a hard central spine. The spine integrates all the seat’s functional parts, like the AV module and an ingenious bifold food tray that saves even more space. The key to its comfort is in its spine’s … [Read more...] about The best and worst air travel ideas of 2018
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A Hawaii federal judge has issued a new temporary restraining order, blocking the third version of President Trump’s travel ban, Politico reports. “Although national security interests are legitimate objectives of the highest order, they cannot justify the public’s harms when the President has wielded his authority unlawfully,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson in his Tuesday ruling. The new ban was set to go into effect at midnight. Judge Watson’s restraining order, which was sought by the state of Hawaii, a local Muslim cleric and others, relies heavily on the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to block the previous version of the controversial immigration policy. In its current form, the travel order was to restrict travel by citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen. Judge Watson’s ruling didn’t focus on the … [Read more...] about A federal judge blocked Trump’s latest attempt at a travel ban
Watching the setting sun against an amber sky, sipping on a glass of wine while the sea breeze ruffles your hair. This picturesque scene from the sun deck of a cruise liner describes the newest fancy of the aspirational Indian.Even as the broader economic environment remains soft, passenger growth for cruises has grown about 50 percent over the past year, and is expected to grow at roughly the same clip next.This has prompted several global cruise line operators to look at India as a high-growth market.Close “Since we started business in India, the number of guests we have seen has doubled,” says Felix Chan, Vice President & General Manager, Norwegian Cruise Line, Asia. related news Slowdown pinches business travel. But there's a silver lining World's most popular travel destinations of 2019: Only 1 Indian city makes top-10 list 87% female Indian business travellers harassed on business trips: Survey NCL, which operates 17 cruise liners across the globe, … [Read more...] about Indians are hopping on to luxury cruise liners, leaving slowdown blues behind
USA Today has published a bombshell story accusing hotel review site TripAdvisor of removing customer reviews that warn people about rapes, blackouts, robberies, and other crimes at resorts. The story comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which unearthed several women whose horror stories were removed from TripAdvisor. One such story came from a woman who was sexually assaulted by a security guard at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico and then tried to warn others via TripAdvisor. Her story was removed by a TripAdvisor moderator who “deemed it in violation of the company’s ‘family friendly’ guidelines,” per USA Today. Now, though, TripAdvisor has republished the post—seven years later and in chronological order, “more than 2,600 pages deep, behind thousands of more recent threads.” In the meantime, two other women were assaulted at the same resort, telling their stories to the Milwaukee Journal … [Read more...] about Is TripAdvisor deleting warnings of sexual assault?
Elon Musk doesn’t want to wait. He doesn’t want to wait in traffic to eat a taco in downtown L.A., so he’s boring tunnels for his car. He doesn’t want to endure a long road trip to drink beers with his pointy-eared buddies at Area 51, so he’s building Hyperloops. And he really doesn’t want to wait to go to Mars, so in an announcement made last night in Australia, he unveiled a new design for his Big Fucking Rocket, or BFR (its official name), and a sound plan to finance his endeavor. advertisement advertisement But there’s one more thing–yes, he actually said those words. Musk doesn’t want to wait the next time he feels like eating street noodles in Shanghai, so he wants to use his BFR to replace airplanes for long-distance travel here on Earth. According to Musk, the cost per seat would be “about the same as full-fare economy in an aircraft.” Imagine that: 24 minutes to fly from New York to Shanghai. Or … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Wants To Replace Airplanes With Rockets