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Airline Tests Midair Meditation to Calm Nervous Travelers

Is in-flight mindfulness the right tool to soothe the fear of flying?

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I feel sorry for anyone stuck sitting next to me on a flight (usually my wife). I am not, in general, particularly great on airplanes. Something about the combined indignities of airport security (stand in line, take your shoes off, get a pat down, put your shoes on, stand in another line) coupled with my body’s atavistic rejection of being 30,000 feet above ground turns me into a white-knuckled wreck the moment my plane hits the slightest hint of choppy air. I know airplanes are safe. I know the anxiety is entirely in my head. But try as I might, I simply can’t relax on airplanes.

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Could Falling Airline Travel Standards Be Saved by New Tech?

Airline innovations may make flying a little less painful.

Confirming the hunch that we’ve all had in our heads (and backs) for so long, a new study has proven that airline standards are indeed slipping.

Some interesting findings published in the annual Airline Quality Ratings Report on April 13, according to Associated Press:

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The World’s First ‘Perpetual Endurance’ Solar Plane Will Launch This Month to Circle the Globe UPDATED

Wider than a 747, as light as a car, and able to fly–day or night—without a drop of fuel

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Video: Airplane Passengers Incite Mile-High Pillow Fight Pillow Flight Sparked on CO1905 Flight

Ever felt so stifled on a plane that you just wanted to throw something? Passengers on flight CO1905 did just that, with an impromptu pillow fight.

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Air travel is boring. Why not make it interesting by inciting a pillow fight? That's exactly what passengers did on a recent Continental Airlines flight from Phoenix, Arizona, to Everett, Washington. They even ganged up on those in first class with the chant "Throw them all into first!"

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