In brief: Delta returns urine-soaked bag
Interior design plans for the first 787 Dreamliner are out, an unknown Amazonian tribe is discovered, Delta gives a passenger urine-drenched luggage, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
All Nippon Airways reveals 787 Dreamliner design
It looks like the plane of the future, --and for some international fliers on Japanese airlines All Nippon Airways, it is. The carrier unveiled interior plans for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show on Wednesday, which include business class seats that recline into beds, extra legroom in economy, LCD touch screens, better air quality and spacious bathrooms complete with bidets. All Nippon Airways is the first to use the 787 Dreamliner, and they are set to fly late this summer, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Amazonian tribe discovered
The Amazon rain forest truly is a world unto itself. The Brazilian government has confirmed the existence of a previously unidentified Amazonian tribe, the Associated Press reported yesterday. See photos in The Huffington Post.
Delta returns urine-soaked bag
As though losing a passenger’s luggage isn’t enough, when Delta Airlines finally delivered the flier his missing bag, it was saturated with urine inside and out. The passenger posted video proof on YouTube, after which the airlines scrambled to offer him a free first-class ticket back to London. According to The Week, though, the damage is done and the passenger says he will never fly Delta again.
Slate investigates why planes are not faster
Flight technology and planes have improved, so why haven’t flights gotten faster? Slate’s The Examiner looked into it and found fuel efficiency, lack of demand for faster planes and how flight times are reported to be the culprits. Additionally, flights have apparently slowed in the past 20 or so years.
A time lapse video, shot from 11 New York City hotels and posted on NileGuide, captures the spell of the city.
"I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful city, and kiss all the beautiful little monsters and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should visit this beautiful place"
–Lady Gaga, in her first visit back to Japan since the earthquake. As AOL Travel reports, the pop star took the trip for a charity concert as a chance to promote tourism to the country. She has been raising money since the 11 March earthquake with a fundraising album and t-shirt, set to go on sale this week.