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

In-flight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

For the sake of research and making compelling video, Discovery TV crashed a 727 into the desert, and discovered that while the back of the plane might not be the most comfortable, it gives passengers the best chance of surviving. On the other hand, those in first class will be the first to bite the dust. [Smithsonian]

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation created a colour-coded world map based on travel warnings from Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, which seems to have a fairly conservative view on travel. Only seven countries in the whole of Asia, Africa and Latin America are coded as "take normal security caution." [CBC]

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

My 420 Tours gave green travel a new meaning this week after launching the US’ first marijuana-tourism company. [Denver Post]

China plans on building 82 new airports by 2015, a 50% increase from the current amount, but critics are calling the effort economically and environmentally misguided. [Guardian]

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

Samoa Airlines CEO Chris Langston seems to be challenging Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary for the title of most hated man in the airline industry by calling his airline's new policy of charging customers by their weight "the concept of the future". [LA Times]

As of Tuesday, nearly two million people signed an online petition to boycott tourism to the Maldives after a 15-year-old rape victim was sentenced to 100 lashes for premarital sex last month. [Telegraph]

Delta has announced it will complete an architectural feat we thought to be impossible: building even smaller lavatories on its aeroplanes. [Huffington Post] 

Many believe that online businesses have been charging consumers different prices based on their purchasing history, and consumer advocates are now claiming airlines are next in line to use the controversial practice. [USA Today]

It’s a no-go

A United Airlines flight was diverted after a family complained about “violent” movie Alex Cross. Although the diversion was unfortunate for those on board, future passengers will surely be grateful if the airline decides to stop showing this terrible film. [news.com.au]

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