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

Amazing things that should happen more often

The founder of Easyjet is bringing budget air travel to East Africa by helping launch FastJet, a Tanzanian-based airline whose first flights are due to start in November. The carrier will sell fares from $20 one-way, pressuring rivals to match its cheap tickets. [The Independent]

Earlier this week Mashable posted a piece on how to find out in advance whether there will be wi-fi on your flight. Well, JetBlue passengers will all have access to free in-flight wi-fi in early 2013, as per a recent announcement from the airlines. [Time]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead 

Need advice on how to plan a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil? Find answers via Quora, the question-and-answer crowdsourcing site that BBC Travel has previously reviewed. Fellow football fans provide tips on how to purchase “pre-draw” tickets and find the best airfares. [Quora]

This weekend is London Open House Weekend, an event that unlocks some of the city’s most interesting doors. Many tours are free and provide access to rarely-seen architectural wonders, such as 30 St Mary Axe, known as The Gherkin to locals because of its pickle-like shape. [London Open House]

British Airways recently previewed the future of its customer service experience, which will be driven by data. The airline will utilize passenger data to personalize flights and experiences. "When we get it right, our customers don't like it -- they absolutely love it" said a British Airways exec. [AdAge]

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Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

Been there, loved that is a collection of dozens of travel photos curated on the new publishing platform Medium, which comes from the people who brought you Twitter and Blogger. Gorgeous images cover everything from an Alaskan ski lift during a snowstorm to Venice’s Grand Canal at night. [Medium]

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

Since 1947, 96 people have stowed away in US plane wheel wells. Only 23 survived. Problems facing plane stowaways include a dearth of the necessary heat, oxygen, and air pressure needed for human survival. [BBC News]

Economic woes in Spain have Catalans pushing for separatism, a movement with history but one that some officials fear might come to pass amid the crisis. [Reuters]

It’s a no-go

In an experience that sounds anything but amusing, 20 visitors to California’s Knott’s Berry Farm were stuck for nearly four hours 300ft in the air on a malfunctioning ride. [Gawker]

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