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Superb Idea: Virgin America Rolls Out Water-Bottle Refill Stations Virgin America Rolls Out Water-Bottle Refill Stations

After the TSA pats you down, x-rays your undies, and dumps your liquids, at least now you don't have to pay $4 for bottled water.


Call this common sense marketed well. Virgin America has installed "hydration stations" at San Francisco International Airport's "green" terminal. Normally, after the TSA pats you down, X-rays your undies, and confiscates your Poland Spring, you have to shell out $4 or so for monopoly-priced airport water. Not any more—well, not at SFO, anyway.

Sure, you can bring your empty water bottle through security and fill it up at a water fountain at just about any airport (well, not any airport). And SFO has had "hydration stations" for a while now. But now Virgin is jumping in with an endorsement, branding refills as the smarter way to travel, and even pushing water bottles with the company logo. This is Virgin doing what Virgin does best, and making something that's been around seem cooler—the eco-friendly version of on-board lounge music and purple mood lighting.

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Flight Risk: You Really Should Turn Off Your Cellphone on Planes

A confidential report highlights dozens of incidents in which personal electronics caused serious problems on airplanes.

On a recent flight to Hawaii, a woman to my right turned to the passenger next to her and loudly protested him using his iPhone while we were still in the air, a big no-no if the in-flight warnings were to be believed. "Relax," he told her, literally shouldering her hand away. "It doesn't matter." As someone who's turned on my cellphone while still airborne, I agreed with him, and thought the woman was just being an annoying scold. According to a new confidential report obtained by ABC News, however, it turns out that that woman had every right to be upset.

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Intermission: Why You Should Fly Into LAX at Night

It's hard not to fall in love with L.A. after watching this gorgeous video shot from the cockpit of a plane landing in the city at night.

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Good evening, passengers, we are now making our final descent into a dizzyingly-clear Los Angeles at twilight. You're watching a video of the SADDE Six Arrival, one of the arrival patterns for LAX that swings down from the north. If you'd prefer a more authentic cockpit experience, try watching the 14-minute real-time version and listening to an air traffic control channel like this. If this is what pilots get to see at the end of every workday, they must be the happiest people in the world. Good night, and thanks for flying.

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