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  • Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don?t?

    Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don?t?
    30% of Americans have passports. But where do those Americans live? New Jersey takes the prize for the highest percentage of passports issued: 68.36%. At the low end: Mississippi, with just 19.86%. Via C.G.P. Grey, see the graphic below: For the ?yes, but?? file: This dataset actually reflects addresses for issuance, not ownership of US […]
  • Upgraded: Stopovers in Istanbul, with free tours courtesy of Turkish Airlines

    Upgraded: Stopovers in Istanbul, with free tours courtesy of Turkish Airlines
    Sure, some airlines let you work in a free stopover. But Turkish Airlines goes one step further and offers up a free city tour on a stopover as short as six hours. Maybe getting into a shuttle bus and tooling around Istanbul after seven hours on an Airbus isn?t your cup of tea, but if […]
  • The mysterious popularity of ginger ales on airlines

    The mysterious popularity of ginger ales on airlines
    A recent article on Chow.com identifies a trend in American aviation catering: The surprisingly high demand for ginger ale on America?s planes. Why ginger ale, and not Coke, 7UP, or Bloody Mary mix? The most popular theory among flight attendants is that it relieves nausea. ?If [passengers] have motion sickness, it settles their stomach,? says Elizabeth […]
  • So what happens to planes that fly through volcanic ash clouds?

    So what happens to planes that fly through volcanic ash clouds?
    It?s been a bad day for travel to, from, or across northern Europe, with flights canceled wholesale due to the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. So, what would happen if a commercial airplane flew through a volcanic ash cloud? It?s happened before, to a British Airways 747 traveling over Indonesia in 1982:  Aircraft avoid […]
  • Air New Zealand reveals new lie-flat design for economy class

    Air New Zealand reveals new lie-flat design for economy class
    Air New Zealand is launching new seats in its long haul economy class, with a section of the plane fitted with ?Skycouch? seats designed to create a three-seat wide airborne equivalent of a foldout couch. It?s an effort to create the first lie-flat bed in coach, a worthy goal if ever there was one. Starting […]