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US Airways flight 1702′s flight was aborted at Philadelphia International Airport last week. Exactly what happened is not yet known, but we can learn much for the way passengers evacuated from the plane, which had one engine spewing smoke during the evacuation. Ned Levi discusses the lessons we can learn by examining the evacuation.

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The staff of Vimeo, the competitor to YouTube for user-generated videos, selected some of the best travel videos posted during this past year. I have collected three of those selected here. The lead video, above, features a trip across the USA in three minutes. The second, a similar journey across South America. The final video here is vision of Chicago by night.

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With tablet mobile devices being used more and more by travelers, Ned Levi examines whether or not they can replace the laptop computer as the primary computing device for travelers, or if for some travelers, the transition to a tablet will have to wait.

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Disney’s new campaign called Let the Memories Begin is a promotion that relies on what the company refers to as “guest-generated” content.

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Listening to one’s MP3 player, smartphone, DVD player, or laptop while flying can mean you need to crank up their volume hear them above the jet engine noise in the cabin, as well as other cabin noise. Ned Levi examines the use of noise cancelling headsets and ranks his top 3 units.

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Passengers and the government are fighting back against the airlines who are attempting to hide their fees in order to make their base airfares look more affordable. We also have video of the slide deploying on the JetBlue flight docked at the Jetway when Steven Slater slid into unemployment. Plus, there is an amusing video of dubious travel awards.

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Once home travelers want to display their photos for friends and family to show where they’ve been and tell about their travel adventure. One option is to use a digital photo frame. Ned Levi discusses his ten rules for choosing a digital photo frame.

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Care of risqué Medieval sculpture, Canada and her Olympics, Stratton, Vermont, revels in deep snow

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This collection of ads, the Continental ones above and the old PanAm and United Air Lines ads below focus on something that we seem to have lost in the airline business — customer service. When we look back at these ads below or even watch contemporary ads made for Continental, the last remaining airline to serve meals in coach on domestic routes, there is certainly a sense of once upon a time.

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And now an update on an interview I published last week with United Airlines regarding the viral video controversy, United Breaks Guitars.

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