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Google’s Amazing New Flight Search Is About To Save You Thousands Of Dollars On Airfare

A view from a plane landing in Rio de Janiero. Back in the early 2000s, travel search engines caused panic among venerable career travel agents. Sites like Orbitz, Travelocity, and Priceline wowed tourists and businesses alike with low prices and flashy features. While online travel booking became the norm, the do-it-yourself novelty quickly faded into a hellscape of kitschy commercials, obscure policies, and redundant searches. The Internet-booked honeymoon was over. But it doesn’t have to be that way! One of Google’s less-celebrated features might just make that affordable coveted summer getaway a possibility. In September 2011, Google unveiled Flight Search. It was still in its nascent stages, but it brought Google’s user-friendly design to the online travel bookings—far away…

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Google’s Amazing New Flight Search Is About To Save You Thousands Of Dollars On Airfare

Photograph of the Milky Way Taken Out the Window of an Airplane Above the Atlantic

One of the standard cliché Instagram shots that gets ridiculed on occasion is the plane wing photographs, usually accompanied by some clouds or a sunrise or sunset. And while we agree that taking a photo out the window of your commercial airplane is tacky and overdone, the photo above by astrophotographer Alessandro Merga is a big fat beautiful exception. The impressive image was captured on June 7th during a transatlantic flight from New York City to London while Merga’s flight was somewhere over the vast expanse of water we call the Atlantic ocean. On the one hand, this seems like the most logical place to take a beautiful milky way photo: you’re about 36,000 feet in the air and there’s practically no light pollution. But…

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Photograph of the Milky Way Taken Out the Window of an Airplane Above the Atlantic

A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

You’re on a nice, long domestic flight. In coach. There’s a screaming baby two rows up; the pages of the in-flight magazine are stuck together with someone else’s chewing gum; and the 9-inch overhead CRT is showing a 2-year-old episode of New Girl that you’ve already seen a half-dozen times — without sound, because you always end up in the seat with a broken headphone jack. Oh, and you have five hours left to go to LAX. If you play your cards right (and pack some noise-canceling headphones), your next cross-country haul could be a whole lot more pleasant, thanks to in-flight WiFi. Nearly all of the major US airlines now offer WiFi in the sky. Thousands of passengers flying above North…

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A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

Blogging from somewhere over the USA

I am on a Virgin America flight – right now – typing this blog entry via onboard wifi. Very cool. I am using GoToMyPC to access my office PC. My IP address is: Your IP: 12.130.118.3 Near: Itasca, Illinois United States (this info is courtousey of DNSstuff.com). I am not able to use anything but pure HTTP and HTTPS. I tried to make an RDP connection but no go. Attempting to make an SSH connection into servers also failed. But I can most everything I need to do via what I have here. There is a standard power outlet at my seat, in coach, so I have all the power I need! Very cool.

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