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How to join the mile high club, according to a flight attendant

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Working as a flight attendant can be a stressful job, especially when you add in the hundreds of passengers all itching to carve their name into the mile high club membership book. After 22 years in the business, flight attendant Jenn Leigh is about to spill the beans on the not-so-secret society…

Gaining membership

The first commercial flight was back in 1914, and these aircrafts have had restrooms since the beginning of the 1920s. That’s a lot of time for people to come up with new and exciting ways to make their journeys pass by quicker. So what happens when you cram in hundreds of adults into one space – especially when the drinks get flowing? Yup, you guessed it. It’s time to get down and dirty. Joining this club requires an act of – somewhat – harmonious love and you’re in! While you may not get a membership badge and a monthly subscription, you and your partner will always know of your initiation into the club.

Checking out the crew

There are many rules, regulations, and procedures to go through before becoming a flight attendant. Plus, there are all kinds of scenarios that could see them hopping into action. Sometimes it may seem impossible to keep on top of it all. So what about when the restroom is rocking – do they go knocking? According to Jenna, it’s all down to the choice of the crew! If no one is being disturbed and hasn’t noticed, then you may be lucky enough to finish up. If not – especially if the seatbelt signs are on – you could find yourself heading back to your seat.

Subtlety counts

Jenna admits that one of the most obvious ways to get caught signing your membership contract is to be way too discreet. Constantly looking around, or hiding yourself just makes it more evident to the others on the flight that something might be going on. Jenna also reported that the best flight to seal the deal is an overnight journey. Most people will be asleep, so it’s far less likely that you will get spotted by prying eyes. Apparently getting away with it is all about being casual. To everyone else, you need to look as though you’re going about your daily business.

Casual business

According to a recent survey, 15% of people admit they have acted on their primal instincts while in the air. Jenna further states that most of the encounters she has ever dealt with haven’t even been couples – it’s been between two complete strangers! This flight attendant believes that meeting strangers on the plane is no different to meeting someone in any other situation. Once the drinks begin to circulate and people get chatting, they just can’t help but head to the restroom. Plus, the cabin crew are less likely to notice two strangers missing compared to two empty seats next to each other.

Stretch it out

We know how cramped those restrooms can be with just one of us in there, let alone two. While heading to bun town may seem a good idea, it’s best to think about the space you will have to work with. Jenna compares the flight restrooms to a “phone booth with a toilet” – not the most practical place to share the love. Due to the size and space you have at your disposal, Jenna reports that only a yoga master could pull off any intricate moves. It might be time to get your stretch on if you want a successful initiation into the club.

Whether you plan on getting your name on the member’s list or are intrigued to find out how people get away with the act – Jenna Leigh has opened up our eyes to the many situations she gets to deal with on flights. The question is: will you become the newest member of the mile high club?

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In Review & Win It: The New Saddleback Flight Bag

Saddlback Flight Bag – $ 469 pre-order starting 4/5 ($ 519)

Just when you thought Saddleback was having a good start to 2018 by re-introducing a new and improved Thin Briefcase, they go and unveil this beaut.

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Fully upright. You can push the top down a bit for a shorter, more rounded look.

It’s different from their other briefcases. Instead of a flap over closure, this one has a Gladstone style opening. Like doctor bags from way back when. Y’know, when Docs used to make house calls… and you could easily die from a simple infection. Anyway, their other bags are plenty sophisticated for most of us to haul into our places of work, yet this new Flight Bag looks that much better with its riveted, hinged top.

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Pigskin pocket for your 15″ laptop. Lots of space for whatever else you carry.

The rest of the bag is as thoughtfully designed as all other Saddleback gear. Pockets and pockets and more pockets. The back side of the exterior has one large pocket for newspapers, maps, and anything else that’s not too bulky. The front side of the exterior has two buckle flap pockets to secure important stuff. But what if you need quick access to something like a phone? Easy. Those buckle flap pockets have their sides and bottoms sewn to the exterior of the bag. Meaning, you can slide stuff behind them. Genius.

The interior features a sturdy, yet flexible pig skin pocket for your laptop or larger tablet. And there’s plenty of room inside for whatever you might need to haul on a daily (or more) basis. There’s even a subtle false bottom to the inside of the bag for… well… that’s up to you.

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Pockets behind pockets, all made out of incredible leather.

Being that it’s a Saddleback, it’s still made with the thickest, toughest, full grain leather they could find. It’s gorgeous stuff, and it starts to obtain a nice patina right away. Everything is stitched together with marine grade thread, and all stress points are kept tight with brass rivets. And yes, it has a 100 year warranty. Is it super lightweight? Of course not. But this thing is built to last. And then some.

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Pretty close in size to their newly redesigned Thin Brief.

Pre-orders for these flight bags begin tomorrow, Thursday April 5th. They’re offering a “pre-board” price of $ 469. After that, full price moves north of half a grand, to $ 519 on Tuesday 4/10. I don’t know how many of these things they’re prepared to make, but I wouldn’t be shocked if this pre-board run somehow sells out. It’s just different enough and it’s still pure Saddleback.

Enter here to win the Dark Coffee Brown Saddleback Flight Bag seen in the post above. Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM ET on Thursday 4/5/18. One entry per person. A huge thanks to Saddleback for sending us this brand new Flight Bag for review and giveaway!

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Why you should apply sunscreen before boarding your next flight

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Ahhh, the good ol’ summer vacation. Can’t you just taste it already? The sweet cocktails, the new and exciting foods, the blazing sun beating down on your back. Mmm. Ahhhh. Oops, sorry! We got a little carried away there. In the run-up to your summer vacation, you probably spend weeks packing and repacking your suitcase, making sure you pack the right items. Of course, you’re always going to need three changes of clothes a day – because why keep it casual when you’re on your vacay? You’ll need a good pair of glasses to hide the fact that you’re snoozing by the pool, and you’ll need some sunscreen… because you do NOT want to return home looking like a lobster. Y’know, unless that’s your thing. Yet, it seems you might want to wear also want to wear sunscreen before your plane lands.

Packing essential

Even if you choose to go on a winter vacation and make friends with bears on the top of a mountain (we hope you can ski pretty fast), you’ll still need to take sunscreen with you. Indeed, it’s a packing essential! No matter whether it’s hot or cold, or even if there’s a bit of cloud coverage, UV rays still beat down on your skin. Luckily, sunscreen helps to form a barrier between your skin to stop the rays from penetrating your body and causing long-term damage to your health. However, there are often times where these rays can still prove damaging, and it’s normally when you least expect it…

Before you fly

Before your flight takes off, you probably ensure that you’ve packed everything – although there’s still a high chance you still left your cell phone charger at home. You also make sure you’ve got some in-flight entertainment, like a magazine or a movie downloaded on your tablet. Of course, you also need to make sure you have snacks for the journey (duh). But have you ever made sure that you have applied sunscreen before you fly high in the skies? Most of us don’t, but experts now suggest we should apply sunscreen before and during your flights.

How it affects you

Despite the fact that you are covered by a metal container in the air, experts have confirmed that ultraviolet rays are still able to pass through the windows of the airplane – which can prove harmful to your skin and body. In fact, these rays are much more harmful up in the air as they are on the ground. Because they have further to travel, these rays are much stronger, and the airplane windows do not protect you from them. One 2015 study has noted that pilots spending just 56 minutes in the cockpit at 30,000 feet were subjected to the same amount of cancer-causing radiation as someone who has spent the last 20 minutes on a tanning bed.

What you need to do

Obviously, if you’re sitting near a window seat or just within sitting distance of a window, this radiation came filter through and damage your skin. Because of this, experts suggest that you should wear sunscreen whenever you board a flight to protect yourself. If you’re on a long-haul flight, you’ll then need to re-apply even more sunscreen every two hours. After all, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself!

When you go on vacation, you probably don’t even think about applying sun lotion BEFORE you get to your final destination – but the experts have spoken. So, to keep you and your skin healthy, it’s always best to slather yourself before you expose yourself to any form of sunlight!

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Madonna to Direct Ballet Biopic ‘Taking Flight’ About Michaela DePrince

Madonna will get in the director’s chair again with the forthcoming film “Taking Flight,” a drama based on the life of Sierra Leone-born ballerina Michaela DePrince.
MGM began developing the film in 2015 after acquiring the rights to Michaela and her mother Elaine DePrince’s memoir “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.” The book follows Michaela’s life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to her adoption in the U.S and her journey to becoming a professional dancer.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said in a statement first published in Variety. “We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life.”
The screenplay was written by Camilla Blackett and producers include Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton along with Ben Pugh and Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Flight Results

SpaceX held its first test flight of Falcon Heavy today, and it was a major success.

After a successful liftoff from the pad, Falcon Heavy had successful booster separation as it climbed into space. The boosters experienced a successful landing, resulting in an outstanding test flight for SpaceX. You can watch footage of the launch right here.

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What to do if your flight is overbooked

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Here is nothing worse than having to deal with a plane being overbooked, and being bumped from the flight in favor of some else. This is a very real risk and one that plenty of frequent fliers have to face every single time they choose to fly. As the festive period is so busy, it’s important to come up with tips and techniques to help you in the event of the plane being overbooked.

This can be fairly traumatic and may cause a lot of undue stress and chaos for you. That’s why it’s so much easier to have a plan in place to help you deal with this. So, we’re going to look at why flights are sometimes overbooked, as well as what you can do in the event that your flight winds up being overbooked. Check out this great advice, and use it to try to make the most of your trip away this Christmas period.

Why do flights get overbooked?

If you’re lucky enough to never have been affected by overbooked flights, then you are very fortunate, because they are not a rare thing! What happens is that to account for no-shows, airlines will regularly book more than the allocated number of seats they have – that way the plane is still full even if some people don’t show up. The problem is, what if everybody shows up? Well, this is kind of the essence of the problem when it comes to flights getting overbooked. If you are facing this problem, you may well be offered incentives to give up a seat, such as being upgraded on the alternative flight.

What to do if your flight is overbooked

If you are unlucky enough that your flight does happen to be overbooked, and you are bumped, you need to understand that this is not that unusual. Try to remain calm about it, and try to not get too worked up. If you can, try to be understanding, and focus on using this to your advantage. The airline will be looking for volunteers to give up their seats and take the next flight, and there are perks that come with doing this. So, try to make sure you be flexible, and negotiate, this might be a great way of getting bumped to First Class if you’ve never had that experience before.

How to prevent overbookings

Now, there isn’t a huge amount you can do to prevent the airline from overbooking, but you can reduce the likelihood that you’ll get caught up in it. One of the first things you need to think about is when you book your flights. Off-peak flights are less likely to have overbooking issues for the simple fact that they are less busy. If you choose your airline and flight wisely, you will cut down on the risk of overbooking issues pretty significantly. And this, in turn, will help you to have a much more enjoyable and memorable trip.

Overbooking is an unfortunate part of airline travel these days, and, if you are a frequent flier, there’s a good chance it will affect you at some point. So, it’s useful to know a bit about what overbooking is, as well as how it comes about. You also need to be aware of what you should do and how to react in the event that it happens to you. The advice on this post should go a long way towards helping with that.

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Pilots explain when to worry during a flight

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So many of us fly when we go on vacation, and this has become more popular in recent times. However, despite it statistically being the safest way to travel, many people still have a fear of taking to the skies. It might seem daft to the rest of us, but a phobia of flying is actually a real thing, and this is something that can stop people from getting out and seeing the world.

It might seem like fear of flying is irrational, but for some people, it’s a really debilitating fear. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we knew what to expect, and when we should actually be worrying? Well, the good news is that some pilots, experts in the air, have decided to share their inside knowledge, and put our minds at ease. So, here are some of the most common worries we have, and whether or not they are actually anything to worry about.

Turbulence

This is the main fear that a lot of passengers have when it comes to flying, and it’s also perhaps the most common occurrence. To put it bluntly, turbulence is perfectly normal and should be expected during a flight. The vast majority of the time it’s nothing to do with the plane, and everything to do with the weather, or cloud cover. Through all of human history, only one plane has ever crashed as a result of turbulence, but that’s it. Besides, pilots are not permitted to fly if the conditions are too treacherous, so this is not something you need to worry about.

Engines cutting out

We reckon this one might be a fear that’s been compounded by movies showing engines cutting out a lot. And actually, the engine cutting out doesn’t mean a huge amount anyway – you will still remain in the air, as the plane will glide on its own. The plane will still soar, much like a bicycle will continue to move after you stop pedaling. This is nothing to fret over, and you need to make sure you don’t worry so much, especially about something that has a highly improbable chance of actually happening.

Smoke in the cabin

Okay, we can definitely understand why this one would be so alarming. But, before you go into complete meltdown, let’s consult the experts. Smoking in the cabin might point to a fire, but that is actually really, really unlikely. The most common cause of this is a broken seal that keeps fumes out of the air-conditioning or oil leaking. Either way, these things are nothing to get too concerned about, despite how they might look. It may not smell or look pleasant, but it’s almost never anything to worry about.

We understand that being on a plane can be daunting because you are not in control of anything. We also understand that certain issues seem like they’re going to head toward a worst-case scenario. But, most of the time, the things you’re freaking out about on a flight are things you don’t need to worry about at all.

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Booking the right kind of flight is essential for getting your vacation off to a good start. You don’t want to have to deal with stress, panic, and all the other issues that generally come with taking a flight. That’s why you’ve got to be sure you do what you can to choose the best flight to suit your circumstances. Being stuck in an airport, or having a canceled flight can make the holidays a really miserable time of year.

So, the thing to do is to come up with excellent ways of ensuring the flying experience goes off as well as possible. And, one of the oldest tricks in the book is to make sure you book and catch a flight for the early morning. Sure, you’ll have to get up earlier, but the advantages to doing this far outweigh the disadvantages and will help make your vacation experience much better. These are some of the awesome benefits of booking an early morning flight.

Less chance of cancellation

The major positive for booking an early morning flight these days is that there is a much smaller chance of cancellation. In fact, studies have shown us that early morning flights are also less likely to experience delays than afternoon and evening flights. The best time to fly is before 8am, whereas the risk of delays only grows every hour before reaching its peak at around 6pm. This is widely regarded to be a result of uncrowded airspace, and less of a backlog of planes waiting to take off.

More time at your destination

One of the things we love the most about catching an early flight is that it leaves more time at your destination venue. Think about it, when you get to your location on an evening flight, you only get the first night and the rest of the trip. And that first night you could well be jet-lagged, worn out, and not feeling very sociable. It’s often a write-off. However, if you arrive there in the late morning or early afternoon you will get at least half a day extra, and this can make all the difference when it comes to the length and enjoyment of your stay.

It will be a smoother flight

It should come as no surprise that early morning flights are significantly smoother and more appealing than those later in the day as well. There is less turbulence in the sky earlier in the morning, and the chance of thunderstorms is much less. You also have to factor in that there are going to be fewer people in the airport, which means it will be less busy, and you’re not going to have to deal with the chaos of having too many people. If you can’t stand crowds, this is definitely the best time of the day to fly – and, as if that wasn’t enough, you also have the benefit of paying less for flights because they are earlier.

Booking a flight for the right time is imperative for helping you get the most out of your vacation. There are so many things that can go wrong when you are going to fly to your chosen destination, but, by booking a flight as early as possible, you will be able to avoid this. There are so many plus points to early travel, and you have to ensure you are catching the earliest flight you can.

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Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines’s flight 446 experienced a bit of time travel to start off their new year.

The flight, which traveled between Auckland, New Zealand, and Honolulu, Hawaii, was scheduled to depart at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. However, because of a 10-minute delay, the flight didn’t end up taking off until 12:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Due to the time difference between New Zealand and Hawaii — the former is 23 hours ahead of the latter — passengers ended up landing at 10:16 a.m., back on Dec. 31 in 2017.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii is the international date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales. Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter for Washington, D.C., station WJLA, was the first to notice the sci-fi-esque take-off and landing times of the flight.

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Once Sweeney tweeted out his discovery, people took notice — and had quite a few questions.

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While others couldn’t help but make plenty of pop culture jokes, from a confused Dr. Phil to Lost to Back to the Future.

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The Legends have landed! Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to tell fans that she and husband John Legend have finally arrived in Tokyo after their “flight to nowhere.” 

“We are HERE!” the 32-year-old pregnant model tweeted on Wednesday, December 27.

As previously reported, Teigen and Legend boarded a flight on Tuesday, December 26, and expected to land in Tokyo, but instead, eight hours later, they ended up back at Los Angeles International Airport after the crew believed an unauthorized passenger was on board. The couple, who are parents to 1-year-old daughter Luna, boarded another flight to Tokyo on Wednesday.

“We uhhhhh went ahead and cancelled our connecting flight to nagoya and 3 hour car ride for…obvious reasons…but are happy to stay here in Tokyo!” Teigen added in another tweet. “We feel like young lovers again. Been a while since the ramen adventures of 2012!” 

The Cravings author hilariously live-tweeted the flight and the hours she spent at LAX waiting to take off for a second time. 

“Lmao after all this I will have spent 8 hours on a flight to nowhere,” Teigen wrote on Tuesday. “Like we were all just havin a great time up here flyin in the sky watching gran torino time to go home now.” 

“I don’t know why I’m not more upset about this. The pleasure I get out of the story is worth more to me than a direct flight to Tokyo,” she added.

After passengers were questioned by the police, Teigen wrote she was “moved to a room with Bravo” in the airport. 

“I have been moved to a room with Bravo,” she captioned picture of a TV playing The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “Clearly the authorities are trying to keep me quiet so I don’t BLOW THE LID OFF THIS ‘SITCH.’”

All Nippon Airways apologized to passengers in a statement on Wednesday via Twitter: “We apologize to all of our passengers on Flight 175; we failed to deliver the customer service we strive for. Thank you all for your comments and allowing us to connect, learn and serve you better. We welcome ongoing feedback to understand how we can work to make this right.”

Teigen was less than impressed with the apology and responded to the airline’s tweet.

 “Honestly everyone on the ground and in the air were very kind and apologetic,” Teigen wrote on Wednesday. “But I just need to know why we couldn’t have flown to tokyo and settled this one person’s mistake (who was going to tokyo all along) there, in tokyo. 230 people on this flight.”

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Chrissy Teigen’s flight turned around mid-trip, and she live-tweeted the whole bizarre saga

Chrissy Teigen’s flight turned around mid-trip, and she live-tweeted the whole bizarre saga


Chrissy Teigen’s flight turned around mid-trip, and she live-tweeted the whole bizarre saga

Holiday travel is known for getting crazy, but this one’s a doozy. Last night, December 26th, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Tokyo-bound plane turned around mid-flight after four hours in the air. That’s right. They spent eight hours on a plane in total only to end up exactly where they started. And lucky for us, Chrissy live-tweeted the entire debacle.

(Side note: This is slightly ironic seeing as Teigen had a Pan Am-themed birthday party on a faux airplane a few weeks back). But anyway, fasten your seatbelts, because this is genuinely one of the most bizarre travel stories we’ve ever heard.

Basically, the Tokyo-bound flight had been in the air for four whole hours when the pilot announced that they would have to turn around and return to L.A. Not because of bad weather. Not because of technical difficulties. They had to turn an entire plane full of people around because it turned out one of the passengers was not supposed to be on the plane. No joke.

Chrissy outlined the entire scenario for her 9.25 million Twitter followers in real-time, and here are some of the highlights.

Then fans started tweeting her the live map of the plane’s path, and Chrissy was even more confused.

Naturally, Chrissy had some questions…and tbh, so do we.

Seriously, how did this happen?!

Finally, they ended up back at Los Angeles International Airport, but the saga wasn’t over just yet…

During this time, Chrissy was having fun retweeting fan photos, like the person who photoshopped a shirt for her that says “I survived LAX to LAX.”

Oh, and to add to the craziness, it turns out the police were called in to interview the passengers sitting near the person who had been on the wrong plane. The plot thickens…

In case you were worried about Chrissy’s quarantine room, it seems she was at least well-fed.

When fans pleaded for more information, Chrissy said she simply didn’t have any to give.

Finally, it seemed that all was well, because they were getting on another flight.

Although this one was Star Wars-themed, it seems.

She quickly addressed some wild conspiracy theories that she and John were trying to flee the country to avoid being arrested…

And of course, the most relatable Tweet of them all:

While that entire saga sounds like a total nightmare, we’re thankful that Chrissy took the time to live-tweet and bring us all in on her journey to nowhere. We hope John, Chrissy, and the other passengers are safely en route to Tokyo. They deserve it.

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Books that will make you smart during a single flight

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How do you pass the time on a flight these days? Well, a lot of people spend time listening to music or playing on their Nintendo DS. Some people will watch the inflight movie, or enjoy a drink or two. Many of us sleep if it’s a long-haul flight, but, the activity we would recommend the most is reading. These days, especially if you have a Kindle, you can take so many different books with you on vacation.

Yes, we prefer having the real thing as well, but a Kindle means you can pack numerous books without taking up any space. Now, whether you’ve decided to bring an e-reader or an actual paperback you might want suggestions for something to read during the flight. Personally, we love a good crime thriller, but we know some people like to educate themselves. So, here are a few books you can read that will make you smarter during a single flight.

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

This book is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t have the time to look into and try to figure out complicated issues. The book, written by Randall Munroe, uses simplistic words and pictures to help readers understand and figure out explanations for complicated and difficult subjects. You could look at this book like an idiots guide to all the things you ever wanted to know about but found the jargon too complicated. This 64-page book is the perfect choice and can be absorbed over the course of a single flight.

The War of Independence

Written by John Fiske, and published in 1890, this is one of the most important and interesting books you will ever read. The 115-page book explores the American Revolution and the War of Independence that helped shape America into the country she is today. The book is interesting, absorbing, and not too daunting like many of those gigantic historical tomes can sometimes be. Fiske takes a look at some aspects of the war that are often glossed over and allows readers a fresh perspective on an old topic. And, the best thing about it is that you can pick it up for free as an eBook.

Real Artists Don’t Starve

If you are a creative person who has ever doubted going down the creative career route, this book is an absolute must-read for you. It’s the ideal companion piece for anyone who loves to get creative, and it explores the competitive benefits of creativity. It’s a fascinating read and will be useful for helping you change your approach to business and your career. Jeff Goins shares his wisdom and views on the creative world and suggests that creative individuals need to harness their talents for the future.

Prisoners of Geography

Ever wish you were a little more au fait with modern politics? Well, this is the perfect book to look at if you want to broaden your knowledge of the political landscape. This Sunday Times bestseller by Tim Marshall uses maps to show you how geography and ideology have combined to give us the current political climate. Everything you ever wanted to know about global politics is neatly presented in this accessible book – it’s a must read!

This represents just a small selection of some of the coolest books you can read on a plane journey. We like books that can be finished in one go, or that we can pick up and put down, and dip into whenever we want to. We also feel the subject matter of these books makes them ideal if you want to expand your horizons and broaden your knowledge in a single flight.

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Power Has Been Restored to Atlanta Airport After a Blackout Caused Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

One of the heaviest travel weeks of the year began with the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Sunday at the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta, where a power outage left passengers stranded in darkened terminals or in aircraft idling on tarmacs.

The early afternoon outage paralyzed operations at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through Sunday evening. Even though power was finally restored at close to midnight Sunday, the incident continued to wreak havoc on holiday travel plans for thousands of people hit by airline cancellations extending into Monday.

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said it was cancelling about 300 flights on Monday, on top of the 900 Sunday cancellations as a result of the Atlanta outage. United Air Lines


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also warned on social media that travel on Monday may be affected.

The incident led the Federal Aviation Administration to ground flights bound for Atlanta. American Airlines


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and Southwest Airlines


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were also among the major carriers that suspended operations at the airport on Sunday. Southwest canceled 70 departures on Sunday.

All passengers had safely disembarked from aircraft by approximately 10 p.m., or nine hours after the outage began, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said on Twitter


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. On Twitter, some passengers reported sitting on planes for hours.

Reed had told reporters earlier in the evening that the airport was expected to be fully operational again by midnight.

The FAA said air traffic control remained fully staffed, with the airport open and accepting general aviation and cargo operations. It expected commercial traffic to resume on Monday.

The city was providing shelter to stranded passengers at the Georgia International Convention Center. The city said that Chick-fil-A would be providing food for passengers. By late Sunday the city said it had provided 2,000 meals.

“We’re just focusing on the comfort of our passengers,” Reed told a news conference. “We know they have had a very, very long and difficult day.”

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Georgia Power, the utility that provides electricity to the sprawling airport, said the failure was linked to a fire in an underground facility that damaged substations serving Hartsfield. The blaze damaged access to a backup system, Reed told reporters, adding the cause remained unknown.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed passengers huddled in partial darkness inside crowded terminals.

“Stuck on a plane at Atlanta Airport as the power is out there … bedlam inside and boredom out here!” Jack Harris wrote on Twitter.

For all carriers, nearly 700 flights scheduled to fly out of Hartsfield, or 60 percent, were canceled on Sunday as of 10:30 p.m. EST, while 477 of all scheduled inbound flights were scratched, airline tracking service FlightAware said.


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Things to pay attention to when booking a flight

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Booking your next vacation is always exciting, and we love to browse hotels deciding where we’re going to stay the next time we go away. It’s important to take trips away now and again, and get a different vibe. Life can get so stressful at home, that it’s sometimes a good idea to make sure you get away and unwind now and again. This is something that will really help you to relax and make sure life doesn’t get on top of you.

Looking at hotels might be fun, but booking flights is not always everyone’s idea of a good time. That being said, it’s an essential part of the travel process, so you’re going to have to embrace it. Now, there are a few tactics and techniques to think about when it comes to booking a flight, and we have taken some of the advice from an actual pilot here! Make sure you keep these things in mind when you’re looking to book your next flight.

Bumping

Bumping is a controversial practice employed by airlines – it’s basically where they offer more tickets than they have seats to cancel out losses in the event of passenger no-shows. If passengers do get bumped, they will usually be offered upgraded seats on the next flight, along with meal vouchers, or a hotel room, etc. Passengers may wish to volunteer for a bump, but this is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You need to be wary of this, and ensure that you’re not risking getting caught up on stand-by and having an indefinite waiting period. There are a few things you need to do before volunteering for a bump. The first is to make sure you already have a confirmed ticket booked for your flight, and you need to be clear about the plans for being bumped up, as some airlines do things differently. It’s worth speaking to the airline about this beforehand to find out what to expect.

Insurance

As crazy as it sounds, a lot of people are still flying without insurance these days. Trust us, it’s really not worth risking, even if you might get away with it a couple of times. Travel insurance is an add-on and an additional cost, and this will often put people off, but it shouldn’t. The extra money is not a lot and is negligible next to protecting yourself and your trip. Try to choose the insurance that covers everything, from injuries to canceled flights to lost luggage. Make sure you choose the insurance premium that covers you for as much as possible – you’ll be glad you did if you ever have to use it.

Read the Ts & Cs

Be very careful to check the terms and conditions when you book your flight, especially if you’ve booked through a third party website. You’re going to need to be careful because you might find that it costs you extra when you get to the airport. This is especially true when it comes to connected flights that are not booked directly through the airline. You might also have issues with luggage if you have booked through a third party as well. Try to read through the terms and conditions to find out what the mandate is with connected flights, or, speak to customer services if this is too complicated.

When you’re trying to book a flight, it’s important to get the best possible outcome for you and your family. This means you have to be sensible and informed when it comes to the bookings you’re making. Look carefully at the flight you’re going to book and make sure your ticket is secured. Also, don’t be afraid to book the right level of travel insurance as well – it’s crucial for making sure your flight is protected.

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#FridayReads: ‘Soar!’ By T.D. Jakes Tells You How to Take Flight as an Entrepreneur

There is no single, be-all-end-all book to read if you are an entrepreneur or aspiring business owner. To survive and thrive in business requires continual self-education. However, while there is a plethora of books published for aspiring entrepreneurs, it can be challenging to identify those worth the effort to read. I strongly recommend that you add Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, the latest book by New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes, to that list.

 

 

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Jakes is world-renowned as Bishop T.D. Jakes, the founder and leader of the Dallas-based Potter’s House megachurch. However, while he is called to ministry, his upbringing is rooted in a family legacy of entrepreneurship, including the examples of his father, who owned a janitorial services business, and his mother, who excelled as a savvy real estate investor. As CEO of TDJ Enterprises, L.L.P., Jakes has been true to that legacy, launching successful ventures ranging from major live events like the faith-and-family focused MegaFest to the production of film releases like Jumping the Broom.

I’ve had the privilege of speaking with Jakes often over the years, both via on-stage interviews (including at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit) and private conversations. I can vouch for him as an excellent source of entrepreneurial advice and mentorship. However, since gaining direct access to him is a very remote possibility for most people, his new book Soar! is the next best thing. In fact, reading this book is like getting a guided tour of one of the most imaginative and tuned-in entrepreneurial minds of his generation, while getting specific advice on what it means to get a company off the ground, guide its ascension through storms and obstacles, and perhaps most importantly, keep it from crashing.

With Soar!, Jakes teaches a master course on the risks and rewards of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, and how to live it successfully. Drawing from the example of flight pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright (making business ownership analogous to building a flying machine), Jakes covers practically every challenge you are likely to face during the life cycle of a business, from pre-launch to exit. At each stage, he stresses the importance of preparing for and planning each stage of execution, using plenty of real experiences (his own and others) to illustrate the realities of what’s at stake and to be gained. While Soar! covers marketing, branding, e-commerce, and other expected topics, the most valuable chapters are those that focus on deciding whom to bring on board, when and why—especially when it comes to hiring friends and family.

Whether you’re trying to get past the fear of launching a business, or you’ve already taken off with your enterprise but are struggling to keep it airborne, Soar! was written for you.

 

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CHICAGO — An altercation between a passenger and a member of the flight crew forced a United Airlines flight bound to Washington to turn around and return to Beijing. The South China Morning Post reports that the jet carrying 212 passengers took off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 7 p.m. Friday and landed at…
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Movie News: ‘Flight of the Navigator’ Remake Moves Ahead

Movie News: 'Flight of the Navigator' Remake Moves Ahead

Flight of the Navigator: It's been a while since we heard about the Flight of the Navigator remake. Colin Trevorrow was attached five years ago under Disney's wing but went on to direct Jurassic World, instead. Now it's finally moving forward again with Lionsgate and The Jim Henson Company taking over, and they've hired a new writer, Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson. The original movie follows the time-traveling abduction of a young boy by a UFO and…

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Cancelled Ryanair flight passengers warned to check insurance policies

The beleaguered Irish airline is refunding passengers for cancellations but getting compensation for all those other pre-paid holiday extras will be a much harder proposition warn consumer experts

As Ryanair launches a massive seat sale offering one million flights from £4.99, travel insurance companies are warning all air passengers to check the small print of their insurance policies.

The huge sale follows Ryanair’s recent PR catastrophe, in which the low-cost airline was forced to cancel 2,100 flights, affecting the travel plans of 315,000 customers. Despite Ryanair refunding or rerouting affected passengers, many have had their travel plans disrupted and may struggle to claim back lost expenses as a result.

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Bomber and Flight Jacket Guide

Like many classic men’s garments, bomber and flight jackets were originally created as highly functional work wear for members of the military.
Bomber jackets are often called flight jackets, and in fact, the terms can be used interchangeably to refer to one garment. They have a long history, come in a wide number of variations, and are great for casual attire.

Bomber raids over Europe

Bomber raids over Europe required specialized clothes for the extreme conditions

What is a Bomber Jacket?

Today, the “bomber” or “flight” jacket is a general term that describes a set of garment characteristics that was originally derived from military issue jackets that were issued to personnel in the first half of the 20th century. Though the original bomber jacket was designed to keep the wearer warm in very cold temperatures, most bomber jackets today retain many of the same features that made it so iconic in the first place. The jacket is typically constructed from leather, sheepskin, or fabric. The jacket is cut waist length, is closed with a zipper or buttons, and features elasticized cuffs and a hem. The collar can be worn flipped up and secured around the throat for extra protection from the elements.

History of the Bomber & Flight Jacket

Like many other military-based garments, the flight jacket was named after its basic purpose. In the early days of flight after the turn of the century, the open cockpits of planes made flying a cold, windy task. The jacket was initially designed by the military to protect pilots from these conditions with heavy insulation, tight closures around the waist, wrist, and neck, and a tough, weather-resistant exterior. In World War I, the performance materials of the day were all natural products, so flight jackets were constructed of sheepskin, fur, and tough leathers.

Open cockpit flight was cold and windy

Open cockpit flight was cold and windy

Great advances were made in flight between the two World Wars. As the second international conflict was set in motion, planes could climb to even higher altitudes, which exposed pilots to even more extreme conditions (as low as −50 °C) in the unpressurized, unheated cockpits of long-range aircraft. In response to the changing needs of pilots, Leslie Irvin, a British aviator and businessman, created the first sheepskin flight jacket intended for the extreme conditions found at high altitudes.

In addition, planes were now carrying non-navigational crew and high-altitude, long-range bombing raids over Europe had become one of the main aerial missions of the war. It was during World War II that the flight jacket also became known alternatively as the bomber jacket.

Flight and Bomber Jacket Models

Over the years, many different iterations and models of the flight and bomber jacket were created. In the US, “B” jackets were typically based on sheepskin, while “A” model jackets were leather lined with wool, cotton, or silk.

Jimmy Doolittle in a flight jacket

Jimmy Doolittle in a flight jacket

The first of the famous flight jackets was the model Type A-1, which was issued between 1927 to 1931. It was worn by the flying superstars of the day, such as Jimmy Doolittle. The A-1 was the first jacket to feature a knitted wool waistband and cuffs, which would set the design standard for flight jackets going forward. It also featured a capeskin exterior (a kind of sheepskin), two flapped cargo pockets, a heavy cotton lining, and horn buttons for fastening. The military eventually abandoned capeskin, as it was not durable enough to survive the utilitarian purpose it was created for.

Type A-2 Flight Jackets

Type A-2 Flight Jackets

The US Army Air Forces introduced the successor of the Type A-1 Flight jacket, the model Type A-2, in 1931. It was produced in by a wide range of manufacturers across the US until 1943, so many different materials and design modifications were employed over that time. In general, a Type A-2 was constructed of horsehide leather, which was much harder-wearing than capeskin, and lined with silk. It was still designed for open cockpits, which explains the sturdy snaps and reinforced pockets. The A-2’s collar could be closed completely in order to protect the wearer from the wind and the rather slim, functional cut was ideal for the cramped cockpit. As it became clear that the US would join the fight in World War II, the demand for original A-2 materials increased and the A-2 specifications were modified to use goat leather and cotton linings. For a more detailed look at the A-2 jacket, read our A-2 Flight Jacket Guide here.

B-3 B-6 and A-2 Flight Jackets

B-3 B-6 and A-2 Flight Jackets

The owners of A-2 flight jackets were the elite aircrew among military personnel, and they frequently decorated their jackets with artwork and embroidery detailing their combat exploits. The cache surrounding the A-2 eventually carried over to the American public, where it became a classic garment coveted by civilians and military personnel alike. It remains one of the two most famous models of flight jackets, along with its replacement the model G-1, decades after its official discontinuation. Even though the A-2’s successor was originally referred to as either the model M-422A or the model ANJ-3, the model G-1 is now the colloquial term for many variations on a leather flight jacket with or without a fur collar. The jacket got its start in World War II, and was used extensively in various forms in the following decades.

General Patton wearing a b-3 bomber jacket

General Patton wearing a B-3 bomber jacket

In the early 1930’s, the American military took inspiration from Leslie Irvin’s sheepskin flight jackets and created their own: the B-3. The hefty model B-3 flight jacket featured a wide sheepskin collar with two leather straps that could be used to fasten it tightly around the neck. This jacket, like it’s A-letter cousins, was modified frequently in the 30’s and 40’s. Once the cockpits of planes were closed, the need for a less bulky version of a sheepskin flight jacket arose, and the streamlined model B-6 jacket was the result. It featured a slimmer cut, a single leather throat latch, and angled slash pockets.

Reproduction B-10 Jacket

Reproduction B-10 Jacket

In 1943, the military introduced the model B-10 as a replacement for the A-2 and the B-6 jackets. As the first flight jacket with a fabric shell and an alpaca lining, it was intended to be lighter weight, less bulky and more versatile that it’s predecessors. Though it was only useful for temperatures ranging from 25-55 degrees, they quickly became the favorite of fighter pilots. The B-10 was so coveted it was worn by many non-flying generals who chose to wear the jacket despite it not being part of their uniform.

MA-2 Flight Jacket

MA-2 Flight Jacket

Despite its popularity, the B-10 was quickly superseded by the model B-15 in late 1944. This jacket was also shortlived, and it wasn’t long until the military shifted models yet again to the fabric MA-1 and MA-2 models as the Jet Age was beginning around 1950. These jackets were typically dark blue or sage green with a bright orange lining, and they featured knitted cuffs and a waistband. The MA-2 had a fold down collar while the MA-1 had a knitted collar. The look of the MA-2 is what most people think of as a “bomber” jacket in the terms of modern fashion.

Top Gun G-1 Jacket

Top Gun once again popularized the G-1 Flight Jacket

Flight and bomber jackets continued to evolve within the military and they were consistently popular with the American public in the last half of the 20th century. Then, in 1986, the bomber jacket, specifically the G-1, would be launched again into the sartorial spotlight with the release of the film Top Gun.

How to Wear a Bomber Jacket

Since the flight or bomber jacket was technically part of a work wardrobe, it doesn’t necessarily have a distinct sartorial purpose in the way a navy blazer or a pair of seersucker pants has. There aren’t any specific occasions or events in which a bomber is the garment of choice.

Modern bomber jacket style

Modern bomber jacket style

This is a jacket that one chooses to buy and wear specifically because of the look, which makes it a flexible jacket to have around when you want to create an interesting combination. A bomber, even though it was part of a uniform, has always been more casual in nature since it was paired with other similarly performance driven clothing, such as flight suits and khakis. It’s easier to have fun with since there aren’t many “rules” to consider.

Here are some tips on how to what to look for in a bomber jacket and how to wear one:

  • Choose a plain, unadorned bomber for the most classic look
  • The jacket should be leather, suede or fabric in classic colors, such as shades of brown, blue, or green; avoid black, which is too formal for a casual jacket
  • The jacket should fit well, don’t buy it oversized or undersized; you should be able to zip it and wear it as a regular outerwear
  • Pair a bomber of flight jacket with elevated casual attire such as khakis, denim, cords and button-down shirts
  • A bomber looks great with casual textures such as knit ties and checked shirts
  • Choose to pair it with leather or canvas shoes that reflect the functional-cool aesthetic of the jacket, such as work boots or brogues; avoid overly casual shoes like trainers and dressier shoes such as loafers
  • Don’t wear a bomber or a flight jacket over another jacket; it adds too much bulk
  • Don’t let your shirt hang much more than an inch lower than the hem of a bomber jacket, or you’ll end up looking sloppy; tuck in your shirt or wear a shorter shirt
  • You can wear it with a t-shirt as a base layer, but keep your pants and shoes polished
Casual bomber jacket style

Casual bomber jacket style

 

How To Buy a Bomber Jacket

There are three main ways to buy a bomber or flight jacket: vintage, reproduction, or fashion. You can buy a genuine vintage flight or bomber jacket, but they often fetch many thousands of dollars and the sizing may be a challenge for the average guy. Since the quality of the original jacket was so high, many vintage pieces are still in great shape. If that’s not for you, we recommend buying a reproduction or a fashion bomber jacket. A reproduction is best for someone if an authentic look, high quality, and longevity are important, and you have at least $ 500-1500 to spend for a leather jacket. Reproductions of fabric jackets are much more affordable. If you want to spend less or prefer a more modern take on the bomber or flight jacket, a fashion jacket is the best option.

Eastman Leather Reproduction A-2 Leather Jacket

Eastman Leather Reproduction A-2 Leather Jacket

Sources for Bomber Jackets

For authentic or vintage bomber and flight jackets, eBay and specialized collectors are typically the best resources. For reproduction jackets in leather, Eastman Leather (which we wrote a profile about here), Cockpit USA, and US Wings offer a range of leather options in various models. US Wings also offers nylon flight jacketsAlpha Industries offers reasonably priced fabric reproduction jackets.

Conclusion

What do you think about bomber jackets? How do you keep the look both fresh and classic?


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U.S., Russian crew transfer to space station after Soyuz flight

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Reuters) – Two U.S. astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, about six hours after their Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from Kazakhstan, a NASA TV broadcast showed.


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‘Fox & Friends’ Asks on 9/11: Will Liberals Eventually Try to Remove Flight 93 Memorial?

Monday morning marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and Fox & Friends kicked off the somber day by asking the important questions, like: Will liberals eventually try to take down 9/11 monuments in the way they’ve pushed to remove Confederate statues?

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Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, said a contractor’s error was to blame for its maiden flight failing to reach orbit in May, but that the problem had been fixed ahead of another planned launch in the next two months.


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3 Money and Time Saving Things I Wish I Knew Before My Flight Was Cancelled

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Earlier this month, I was among the thousands of passengers affected, when my flight was canceled thanks to winter storm Stella. Over the course of three days, nearly 9,000 flights fell victim to the blizzard that socked the Northeast.

I was originally supposed to fly to New York from Arizona the day before the storm. I thought I’d be fine, because I was scheduled to land before the snow was scheduled to start falling. That assumption was my first mistake.

Two days, two canceled flights, three rebookings, and four calls to American Airlines later, I was finally home—but not before learning a few tough lessons.

Here’s what I wish I’d known before my flight was canceled:

 

1. Don’t Depend on the Airline to Notify You

 

I never got a notification from the airline that my flight was canceled. Sure, protocol is that they try to notify everyone, but, when there’s a major bout of cancellations, things fall through the cracks.

Actually, it was Google Calendar that first alerted me. Downloading the airline’s app makes it way more likely you’ll get that notice.

You can also try out one of these flight tracker apps. At the very least, sign up for text message notifications for each of your flights on the airline’s website.

 

2. Don’t Expect Your Hotel Room to Be Available for You

 

If you’re away from home when your flight is canceled, and you can’t get out on another flight that day, you’re going to need some place to sleep other than the airport floor. I had quite the rude awakening when I told the front desk that I may need to stay another night—they told me they were completely sold out.

You’re probably already stressed about having to pay for an extra night or more—if your flight is canceled because of weather, airlines don’t offer lodging vouchers. So, at least try to find a good deal.

Hotel Tonight specializes in last-minute bookings, as does Last Minute Travel. ExpediaHotels.com, and Priceline all have sections specifically for last-minute deals.

 

3. Do Expect That Customer Service Will Be … Challenging

 

Because my flight was canceled, the details of my booking were no longer available online, which meant I couldn’t change my flights on my own. I had to call the dreaded customer service line, and because there were thousands of other people dealing with the same problem, I had to wait—90 minutes or so—to get an actual person on the line.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are a few hacks to cut wait time. You can also try reaching customer service digitally or via social media (apparently, ranting on Twitter is good for something after all).

If all else fails, there’s an app for that. It’s called Service, and it exists for the sole purpose of dealing with customer service, so you don’t have to.


Alisa Gumbs is the executive managing editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE, planning and executing content across its print, digital, events, and broadcast platforms. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @AlisaGumbs.

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Of Course These SJP-Designed Flight Attendant Shoes Are All Sparkle

Forget home, there’s no place like a private jet to Miami. And even though you’ll have to do a lot more than click your heels to get on one, at least now the flight attendants’ shoes look just as sparkly as Dorothy’s.

Sarah Jessica Parker teamed up with Cynthia Rowley to design the bougiest flight attendant uniforms of all time flight attendant uniforms for Blade, a private aircraft carrier that serves destinations such as Miami, New York, The Hamptons, Nantucket and Atlantic City.

Rowley said in a not-so-relatable press release that Blade’s helicopter and sea plane service “literally” changed her life by helping her escape rush-hour traffic to get to Montauk to see her kids. She designed a super chic, suede bell-sleeved dress with a silk necktie.

Parker, who knows a thing or two about finding the perfect shoe for any outfit, lent her design chops to the brand with one very sparkly block heel, adorned with a blue ribbon to match the necktie.  

 

Chances are many of us won’t have an opportunity to see the shoes in action, but you can get a version of them yourself. The shoes are actually part of Parker’s own collection that you can buy, un-ribboned, for $ 385.

 

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A new breed of action sports film comes to life as Red Bull Media House, in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinema, present “The Art of Flight,” a Curt Morgan film. Equal parts action and adventure mix with the inevitable drama encountered along the way. Two years in the making, “The Art of Flight” gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents and wrong-turns strike. For the first time, viewers are immersed in the sometimes successful, often trying quest to open up new, unexplored mountains in remote corners of the world. Immerse yourself in the cinematic experience as Brain Farm and their ever-expanding arsenal of filmmaking technology capture the dramatic beauty of the culture, wildlife and scenic landscapes the riders take in along the way. This fall, join in the ride as the creators of “That’s It, That’s All” completely rewrite the formula for action sports cinema with “The Art of Flight.” Riders: Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Jake Blauvelt, Nicolas Muller, Gigi Ruf, DCP and Pat Moore. Filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Alaska, Aspen, Patagonia and British Columbia. Running time: 115 minutes
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