Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Stories we're watching closely

India's government introduced legislation today that would allow foreign carriers to invest up to 49% in the country's airlines, a proposal that could save ailing Kingfisher Airlines. The proposal -- likely to be enacted -- would also ease financial restrictions on the airlines. [ZeeNews; WSJ]  

Amazing things that should happen more often

Yesterday the US version of Google Flight Search extended its reach to include international destinations on dozens of domestic and international airlines. [Google's Official Blog]

Twitter was abuzz with an astonishingly in-depth answer to the question "What do all the controls in an airplane cockpit do?", posted on the question-and-and-answer service Quora. Even Estonia Air re-tweeted the link, though we hope the airline actually knows how to fly planes without help. [Quora]

The film adaptation of one of the greatest road trip stories in literature, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, debuts this year. A trailer is now online. [World Hum]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

After a video showing how to circumvent TSA security screenings went viral last week, the agency responded by criticizing the clip. “We’ve never claimed it’s the end all, be all”, the response said. [Los Angeles Times]

Rising taxes in the United Kingdom could have travellers paying up to £500 in taxes by 2016 for long-haul flights, such as those to Australia. The UK already has the highest aviation taxes internationally. [Telegraph Travel]

In-flight entertainment
Videos that went viral on the web this week

Our most retweeted item of the week was a link to a cool timelapse video of Tokyo at night, shot by Holger Mette. Right on! The city's neon glow is marvellous. [Vimeo]

Archaeologists have created a 3D simulation of ancient Rome as it likely appeared around 1,700 years ago. [Brain Picker]

It’s a no-go

Incidents of in-flight passenger misbehaviour were up in 2011 for the third year in a row. The majority of the bothersome conduct was related to electronic devices. [Time]

This week Direct Air cancelled its flights for two months due to financial trouble. The six-year old airline, based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had most of its routes between smaller airports in the Midwest, East Coast and Florida. Ticket holders should ask their credit card issuers for refunds. [Budget Travel]

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