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“Did you know…FAA relaxes rules, allows mobile device use on airplanes?”

(Fox News)

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According to a Fox News report today, U.S. safety authorities said they will allow airlines to relax their rules on mobile device use on airborne aircraft, easing a regulation that has been criticized for years.

“The Federal Aviation Administration determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronic devices during ‘all phases of flight’.”

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“Did you know…What’s in store for the future of aviation?”

(USA Today)


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Retired U.S. Airways pilot, John Cox, offers his take on the future of aviation in a USA Today Special Report:

“I do believe that we will fly supersonically again. The question is, when will we make the decision to invest the resources to do it?

New technologies are just coming into the industry, such as composite airframes in airliners. This will allow further improvements in efficient design. It is likely that new generation jet engines will use new technologies to be more efficient and reliable, as has happened in the past. In the next twenty years, it is possible we could see breakthroughs in engines that make supersonic flight easier.

We are likely to fly higher, where air resistance is lower and with more comfortable cabin conditions (higher humidity, lower cabin altitudes), and quieter.”

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“Did you know…New Walking Dead Fan Book Offers Travel Deals for the Living Dead?”

dead sexy walking dead book “Dead Sexy: The Walking Dead Fan Guide to Zombie Style, Beauty, Parties, and a Ghoul-Lurching UNLifestyle,” is the second pop culture book by author Paula Conway to feature exclusive limited-time offers for readers.   “Dead Sexy” features a section on travel with recommendations on where the dead (and their friends) go to unwind.  The exclusive travel discounts for readers are from some of the most haunted hotels in America.

The book, “DEAD SEXY” assumes we are living in a present zombie apocalypse, and that many people around us are in fact, zombies.   The UNlifestyle guide includes: a section on zombie etiquette from celebrity etiquette expert, Dawn Bryan; zombie dating guidelines; dead sexy travel destinations; and more than 70 exclusive dead sexy deals with deep discounts on fashion, food, beauty, travel, and more.

“Zombies don’t make the same travel choices as the rest of us,” said author Paula Conway.  “They look for destinations that are quiet, relatively underpopulated or great places to enjoy a thoughtful haunting.  Cities like New Orleans that are rich in voodoo and zombie culture, also with a lot of great haunted graveyards, this is where zombies want to unwind.  And since they make decisions slowly, offering a discount or perk tends to get them to book a bit faster.”

The exclusive “Dead Sexy” travel deals include:

·         Two frightfully fabulous offers from the legendary luxury liner, The Queen Mary: The Dead Sexy Dark Harbor Stay and Scare Hotel Package ($229); the one-night stay includes tickets for two Dark Harbor admission tickets, plus two fast fright front of line passes; and the Dead Sexy Dining with the Spirits Hotel Package ($237); the three-course dinner for two at Sir Winston’s includes a paranormal investigation with a trained guide exploring the Queen Mary’s haunted hot spots, plus one night aboard The Queen Mary.  Known as “The Grey Ghost” during WWII, when The Queen Mary served as a transport ship, hauntings aboard the QM are numerous.  Among them, the cook who was cooked because the troops didn’t like his meal, and the little girl who broke her neck on the pool deck sliding down a bannister.

·         20% off overnight accommodations at The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, where the hauntings included the spirit of a little boy named Zeke.

·         25% off any room booked at a standard rate at The Victoria Inn in Anniston, Alabama.  Among the hauntings in The Victoria Inn, footsteps are heard at night from spots where no one is found, and music from the piano room when it is empty.

·         Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa in Pray, Montana will provide ghoulish treats in “Dead Sexy” guest rooms upon arrival.  Legend has it that the ghost of Percie Knowles, who built the original structure with her husband in 1900 and died on the property, appears from time to time wearing a white dress.

·         Take 15% off food service at the Story Inn, Nashville, IN, where “the blue lady” walks at night and has been spotted by literally hundreds of guests.

·         Dead Sexy guests of The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona take 15% off rooms up to king-size.  There are apparently more than 16 recorded entities, including Billy, the boy who steals coins and Julia, who slinks under the blanket in room 315.

All deals, discounts and offers require a unique code, varied and set by the merchandiser, which can only be obtained by purchasing the book. Many also have embedded links, only accessible through the book.

Happy Halloween!


“Did you know…Passenger lands plane after pilot collapses?”

(NBC News)

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Cessna 172

A passenger aboard a four-seater Cessna 172 had to assume the role of pilot after the aircraft’s real pilot passed out and died at the controls.  According to an NBC News report, flight instructors in Britain coached the passenger over the radio how to land the plane.

“Rory Murray, one of two instructors who guided the four-seater Cessna 172 onto the ground on Tuesday, told the BBC that the passenger had done a ‘remarkable job’.”

The passenger is thought to have had some previous flying experience, but he had never landed an aircraft before the incident on Tuesday evening, according to reports. The pilot was pronounced dead late Tuesday, a police spokeswoman confirmed to NBC News.

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“Did you know…Possible gov’t shutdown could put a serious damper on travel plans?”

(Fox News)

Capital buildingFox News answers travelers’ top questions should the Federal Government shutdown on October 1st. “The possible government shut down doesn’t just impact tourists; it can affect school trips, weddings and have a detrimental knock-on effect for local business that rely on tourism this time of the year.”

Read the story here to find answers to:

Will airports be open and security screening take place?

Will my flight take off?

Can I get a last minute passport?

Will all national parks, museums and zoos sites really be closed?

Can at least watch the Panda Cam?

Wait!  What if I am already at a park at a remote camping site?

Can I get a gun permit for a gun I want for my hunting trip?

Should I plan on taking Amtrak for my trip from Boston to Washington?

Will I be able to get back into U.S. after my trip to Niagara Falls?