today in travel
As if the recent spate of airplane disasters wasn’t enough to drive you into a Xanax binge before taking off, this might do it.
Last week, a Jet Airways flight from Brussels to Mumbai plunged 5,000 feet because their pilots were preoccupied. The captain was taking a “controlled rest,” a law-approved nap that happens a lot on long-haul flights. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, who was in charge of controlling the Boeing 777, was too busy playing on her iPad to notice the plane descending so quickly.
Tech in Advertising
Although the Federal Communications Commission has eased up on its restrictions concerning the use of phones on airplanes, it doesn’t look like they’re going to let you talk on cellphones anytime soon. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, government regulators are “getting closer” to outlawing in-flight calls — much to everyone’s relief, tbh.
WORDS WITH ALEC
What’s worse than feeling anxious on your overseas flight? Cuddling up to a blanket that visually displays your nerves to everyone else.
British Airways tested blankets designed to identify passengers’ feelings of well-being on flights from London to New York last week, Re/code reported.
The so-called “happiness blankets” are outfitted with LED lights that turn red (stressed and anxious) or blue (calm and relaxed) according to readings by neuro-sensing headbands.
AM New York’s Twitter feed just published what they say is a totally real statement from the company on actor Alec Baldwin’s recent dust-up with American Airlines, wherein, Mr. Baldwin was kicked off of a flight for playing Words With Friends. It looks like this: