Many would say that when, flying in economy, the pleasant passenger in the seat in front suddenly turns into a demon simply by reclining their seat. This action is a source of enormous irritation and disgust – yet everyone can do it as the option to recline is available on most planes.
So, what can we do about it?
A new report says that the irritation and disgust felt towards fellow passengers for using the seat recline facility can be bartered away.
This piece of wisdom has been devised by two New York based law professors: Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher John Sprigman.
The duo conducted studies and found that passengers would be willing to pay and have even come up with some figures as follows: flyers would be willing to pay £9.20 ($12) to the person behind them to lean back but conversely would need to be paid £31 ($41) by the person behind them not to lean back.
They also found that if you take money out of the equation, passengers would be prepared to bargain by offering a drink, a sandwich or even a packet of crisps to negotiate reclining privileges.
“Most people are not economists (thank God), and they have some ethical resistance to the idea of making every human interaction into a money transaction,” the professors said.
They added that this would ensure that “no one gets punched in the face”.
What do you think?*
This landmark year the Star Wars Adventure continues in ways never before experienced and in lands far far away. And there are more Star Wars heroes, villains, planets, ships and droids than you can ever shake a sabre laser at.
Even if you have been before, everything you experience this time will be brand new. And even if you want to go again several times, it will never be the same. There are 70 different mission combinations which means you will never know where you will end up and who with.
Remember C-3PO? This lovable droid will be your pilot and along the way you will get to meet heroes and villains never seen before, planets you have never visited before and be immersed in battles and come across more ships and droids than ever before.
And when Darth Vader turns up, you know things are going to get dark and dangerous. Each scenario, journey and twist and turn is generated randomly so the adventure and the characters you meet will be different each time – and that includes characters such as Jakku, Naboo, Hoth or Tatoine the Death Star? You may even meet up with Princess Leia or Yoda.
"Travel isn't a hobby, it's a way of life."
- Christina Columbo
By Carla Martilotti
The Eiffel Tower—or as the French call it, La Tour Eiffel—is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. The tower was designed as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair in Paris and was meant to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and show off France’s modern mechanical prowess on a world stage.
Mission: accomplished. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel’s civil engineering firm in two years, two months, and five days, using 7,500 tons of iron and 2.5 million rivets. The end result of Eiffel’s hard work dominates the Parisian skyline and its stark silhouette has been emulated around the world in China, Las Vegas, Greece, and, of course, Paris, Texas.
Since opening in 1889, the Tower has welcomed over 250 million people and still welcomes almost seven million visitors a year. Despite the incredible number of people who have walked up the iron tower, there are still secrets to tell about it.
There’s a secret apartment at the top.
When Gustave Eiffel designed his namesake tower, he cleverly included a private apartment for himself where he hosted famous guests, like Thomas Edison. The apartment is now open for the public to tour.
Gustave Eiffel didn’t design the tower.
While Eiffel earned the naming rights for the Tower, it was actually two men who worked for his company—Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier—who drew the original design, according to Live Science. The two engineers teamed up with French architect, Stephen Sauvestre, on the plans for the monument and entered them into a contest to choose the main attraction of the World's Fair.
The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be torn down after 20 years.
As mentioned before, the Tower was built with the intent of showing off France’s industrial prowess during the World’s Fair, but the plan was to tear it down after 20 years. Eiffel had cleverly put a radio antenna and wireless telegraph transmitter in the Tower, and the government eventually decided it was too useful to demolish.
Hitler ordered the Eiffel Tower to be destroyed.
When Germany occupied France during the second World War, Hitler ordered that the Eiffel Tower be torn down, but the order was never followed through. French resistance fighters got their revenge, though—they cut the Tower’s elevator cables so the Nazis were forced to climb the stairs to hoist their flag.
The Eiffel Tower is a cousin of sorts to the Statue of Liberty.
Before the Eiffel Tower was built, Eiffel's firm was asked to design the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty, a task assigned to his trusted employee, Maurice Koechlin. They proved their iron handiwork with Lady Liberty first.
There’s a post office in the Eiffel Tower.
Tucked into the first floor of the Tower next to the gift shops, there is a tiny post office. Pick up une carte postale and a stamp and have it mailed from the Eiffel Tower’s post office and it will be delivered with the unique postmark.
The Eiffel Tower doubled as a scientific laboratory.
Mr. Eiffel housed a meteorology lab on the Tower’s third floor where he performed studies in physics, aerodynamics, and built a wind tunnel. Eiffel opened the doors of the laboratory to other scientists to use for the experiments, too, and cosmic rays were discovered there.
The Eiffel Tower moves.
The massive iron structure is wind resistant and will sway during a storm. If the weather is bad enough, it can even move. Wind isn’t the only thing that can make the enormous Tower move, though—the heat of the sun also affects the Tower, causing the iron to expand and contract up to 7 inches.
The Eiffel Tower is covered in names of scientists.
French scientists and engineers working in the 19th century were not forgotten by history—not only did they lend their names to Parisian streets, but 72 of their names are also engraved on the Eiffel Tower. The engraved tributes were covered up, but thanks to a restoration effort, they are once again visible and eagle-eyed visitors can see names like Foucault, Dumas, and Perrier cut into the iron.
It takes a lot of work to keep the Eiffel Tower looking good.
Every seven years, around 50 tons of paint are applied to the tower. It not only keeps the so-called Iron Lady (La dame de fer) looking good, but it also helps keep the iron from rusting.
There’s a military bunker underneath the Eiffel Tower.
Underneath the Tower’s south pillar sits a snug bit of history—a secret military bunker that may connect to the nearby Ecole Militaire via a long tunnel. The bunker has now been turned into a small museum and tour groups can explore the diminutive space.
There’s a champagne bar at the top.
If you’re brave enough to reach the top of the Tower, reward yourself with a glass of champagne from the Champagne Bar built into the top floor. There's nothing like a glass of bubbly with a spectacular view.*
This summer, the NATS expects to operate 770,000 flights above Britain — 40,000 more than there were last year.
If left unmanaged, the increased traffic could cause 50 times more delays in 2030 than there were in 2015 and 8,000 flight cancellations per year, the NATS said.
“Traffic growth is good news for the economy and means more choice for passengers, but it also puts pressure on the capacity of our airspace infrastructure,” Hutchinson also said. “The U.K.’s airspace was designed decades ago and doesn’t allow us to take advantage of the technology on board modern aircraft that would raise capacity, and also reduce emissions and noise for communities on the ground.”
The U.K. government is working with the NATS to update airspace change policy. They are also asking citizens to submit their ideas on how to improve transportation across the country, including customer service, safety and growth management.
Courtesy of Carnival
BY CARLA MARTILOTTI
Romantic vacations in Buenos Aires, Argentina offer ideal honeymoon choices for couples. From luxurious places to stay, to tango dancing, to amazing food, there's something for everyone on a Buenos Aires honeymoon.
Couples looking for exotic, romantic vacations can find exactly what they're looking for in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The city boasts a fast-paced lifestyle at a price that's surprisingly affordable. Before looking elsewhere for romantic vacations, consider Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
Where To Stay In Buenos Aires
The city has a number of luxury hotels, which can help set the tone for romantic vacations. One of the most luxurious is the Alvear Palace Hotel, which is located in La Recoleta, has nearly 200 rooms, a state of the art fitness center, a full service spa and even a butler to cater to a couple's every request. The hotel's restaurant, L'Orangerie, offers guests the best breakfast buffet in the area and afternoon tea is served every afternoon in the Jardin D'Hiver. Honeymooners can relax in either the Lobby Bar or the Cigar Bar and can choose from a wide variety of wine, distilled drinks, cigars and even chocolates.
The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is also located in the La Recoleta district and is housed in an early 20th century, French-inspired mansion. The hotel has fitness facilities, a pool, a spa and a full service concierge. The Four Seasons offers two restaurants, Le Mistral and La Mansion, and a bar, Le Dome. These are only two of the luxury accommodations offered in Argentina's capital, so couples shouldn't feel like their romantic vacations are limited to two hotels.
What To Do In Buenos Aires
During the day, couples can travel to the city's famous museums and get back to nature in the beautifully maintained city parks. Many couples choose to visit the famous Recoleta Cemetary, where Eva Peron is buried.
No honeymoon in Argentina is complete without some tango. Tango is the country's most famous dance and tourists and locals alike. Some of the most famous 'milongas,' or places where tango dancing is done, are open to everyone. If you're unsure which milongra is right for you, consider taking a tour. If a tour isn't for you, know the difference between the different types of milongas. A Salon de baile is a formal venue, complete with uniformed waiters, starched tablecloths and other formal touches. Neighborhood families usually attend a club de barrio and a baile joven hosts a younger, informal crowd.
What To Eat
Argentina is the steak capital of the world so many couples choose to enjoy a steak dinner at least once on romantic vacations. If you're not the biggest meat eater, though, you do have a number of other options. An empanada is a savory pastry that can be meat filled, but it's also common to find them filled with cheese and onions. Sweets are popular and guests can find dulce de leche nearly everywhere. Argentines put this sweet, caramel spread on everything from dessert to bread at breakfast.
Romantic vacations in Buenos Aires offer excellent places to stay, things to do and even amazing local food to eat. Adventurous couples can even choose to travel to other parts of Argentina [Computer Technology Articles] , meaning there's something for everyone.*
Norway has pipped Denmark to the post this year as the Happiest Country in the World in a UN report that calls on countries to develop social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.
According to the newly released World Happiness Report 2017, Norway jumped three places to displace the three-time winner.
Iceland came in third followed closely by Switzerland. The top four countries rank highly on the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Their happiness scores are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year.
Finland came in at 5th place followed by the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Australia and Sweden tied at 9th place.
United States of America ranked 14th dropping down one place despite an economic turnaround, falling unemployment and an increase in income.
The United Kingdom has moved up four spots to 19th place while Russia moved seven spots to 49th place. There was movement in the Orient too with Japan moving up two places to 51st while China moved up four spots to 79th place.
People in the Central African Republic are the unhappiest with their lives, appearing bottom of the chart at 155th place followed by Burundi (154), Tanzania (153), Syria (152) and Rwanda (151).
Read also: If you are searching for happiness you will find it in Denmark
About the survey
The report is based on an annual survey of 1,000 people in more than 150 countries that simply asks them to rank, on a scale of 0 to 10, whether they are living their best life.
Researchers then use six measures: gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, support from relatives or friends, charitable giving, freedom to make life choices, and perceived levels of government and corporate corruption.
“The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people – their well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, the report’s co-editor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in a statement.
“As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact.”
Sachs said he would like nations to follow the example of the United Arab Emirates and other countries which had appointed ministers of happiness.
“I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction.”
The U.N. General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day in 2012, recognizing “happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world.”*
Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved low-cost airline Norwegian Air to begin flights to and from the U.S.
The airline can now open new routes to destinations in Ireland and Scotland.
“We are excited that we can announce our new transatlantic 737-MAX flights, including routes, start dates, and fares, very soon,” Anders Lindström, director of communications at Norwegian Air, said.
Destinations will include Cork, Ireland, with its 17th-century alleys and Blarney Castle, and Edinburgh, Scotland, one of our top destinations for solo travelers.
An FAA spokesperson told T+L that Norwegian will be able to provide service on seven Boeing 737-800s to the Stewart International Airport in New York, the T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, and the Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, with flights originating from Belfast, Bergen, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, and Edinburgh.
The airline will be offering “the most affordable non-stop fares to Europe that Americans have ever seen,” Lindström said.*
The Department of Homeland Security officially lifted the ban on large carry-on electronics for U.S.-bound flights. At the same time, new enhanced security measures are rolling out, leading airlines to warn travelers of new procedures around the globe.
The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday on Twitter the official lifting of the ban. DHS had released its plan to eliminate the ban late last month, which means previously banned airports complied with DHS’ demands in just a few weeks time. SmarterTravel’s Tim Winship wrote earlier this week that Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, were the only remaining airports operating under the ban.
Travelers flying to the U.S. are now encountering enhanced screenings of large electronic devices. USA Todayreports that “airlines and security officials are warning about tighter screening that went into effect Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of travelers who fly daily to the U.S. from hundreds of airports.”
Make sure your cases can be easily removed, or are removed in advance, and ensure that any devices you are travelling with are charged and can power up.
CATSA also says electronic devices will not be permitted beyond the screening checkpoint if they “cannot be taken out of their cases or powered on when requested during enhanced screening.” Clearly, DHS wants to make sure your iPad is actually an iPad.
Aeromexico warned that travelers should arrive three hours before their flight and also suggested removing electronic devices from their cases prior to screening. Notably, DHS does not include these details on its otherwise thorough page outlining the new security policies.
Readers, please let us know if you encounter these new security measures while traveling abroad. We’d love to hear what these screenings will bring.
Star Wars fans: March 26th of this year marked Disneyland Paris' 25th anniversary celebration. You will be assured a thrilling, totally immersive galactic journey of a lifetime as they mark the 40th anniversary release of "Star Wars" – and all in amazing 3D. Watch the video:
As airlines have unbundled airfares, adding fees for baggage and seats and other amenities, customers have become confused as to what is included in the price of a ticket, according to airfare analysis company Hopper.
“Although unbundling arguably allows travelers to avoid paying for services they don't use, it's also a major cause of dissatisfaction since consumers are often confused about what's included and what isn't,” Hopper's chief data scientist Patrick Surry wrote in his analysis.
The move toward unbundling means that airlines can advertise a low price that increasingly does not include baggage fees, seating selection, and cancelation or change fees.
Hopper calculated a “total cost” for flights on different airlines based on median airfares, change fees, and baggage. While the median airfare—which customers might consider the price of a ticket—was $496 on American Airlines, the “total cost” was $780. On JetBlue, median airfare was $448 but the total was $683. Read the anaylsis.
The study found that international travel tended to be more lenient than domestic flights, when it came to cancelation fees and free luggage, with approximately two-thirds of international flights offering at least one free bag.
Despite this reported confusion among passengers, airline travelers have cited à la carte pricing as one of their most sought after characteristics when choosing a flight. Two-thirds of passengers surveyed in a 2016 Ipsos Public Affairs survey commissioned by Airlines for America said they preferred this pricing model.
Hopper released a new feature to combat some of these hidden fees called “Fair Bear” that allows app users to filter out flights with ancillary fees when browsing through price options.*
The United Kingdom is running out of sky.
Britain’s National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) reported a record number of flightslast week and issued a warning that the country is running out of airspace.
Air traffic controllers reported a record-breaking 8,800 flights in a single day. They're warning that, if numbers continue to rise, flights to and from the U.K. could be impacted by significant delays unless the government responds with “drastic modernisation.”
“In the last few weeks we have already safely managed record-breaking daily traffic levels, but the ageing design of U.K. airspace means we will soon reach the limits of what can be managed without delays rising significantly,” Jamie Hutchinson, a director for the NATS, said in a statement.
Space Mountain will transform into Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. On this new adventure you join the famous Rebel Alliance.
You will be briefed by the famous Admiral Ackbar: “The Rebel Alliance needs your help monitoring a threat above the planet Jakku…”. The epic, heart-pumping Star Wars soundtrack heralds your blast off aboard a spaceship that crosses the galaxy at intense speed. Once there, it’s the thrill of evading TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer. Brace yourself though, the visuals and special effects are breathtaking.
So prepare for battle and may the Force be with you.*