Travel News You Can Use: Google Glass, New In-Flight Safety Videos

Hot Air BalloonThe latest in travel news from around the world.

Google Glass Comes to Airline Industry: Virgin Atlantic said on its blog this week that it was piloting a program whereby its concierge staff would greet all Upper Class Wing passengers while wearing Google Glass and other devices. The wearable tech will allow staff to update passengers on any changes to their flight schedules, as well as begin the check-in process. [USA Today]

Changing Views on US-Cuba Relations: Wish it were easier to travel to Cuba? You’re not alone. A new study conducted for the Atlantic Council reveals that more than six out of 10 Americans — and unsurprisingly, a higher number of Latinos and Floridians — are in favor of removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, as well as lifting all travel and financial restrictions. [NBC News]

Watch Where You Land: Conde Nast Traveler highlights 13 of the world’s scariest airports to land in, ranging from the Gibraltar International Airport, where a road runs through the middle of the runway, to Para Airport in Bhutan, where only eight pilots are qualified to land planes. And no, Joe Biden, LaGuardia Airport is not included (though JFK is!). [CN Traveler]

Safety in Paradise: First, it was Virgin America and the airline’s Jon M. Chu-directed safety dance video (which merited it’s own review in the “New Yorker” magazine). Then Delta channeled the 80s in its own in-flight safety video, complete with cameos by talking toy bear Teddy Ruxpin, the cat-eating TV alien Alf, and pop culture icons like Tab soda, Atari and a Rubik’s Cube. Now, Air New Zealand is giving its competitors a run for their money by busting out not one, but four Sports Illustrated models in their new spot. Check it out below: [Today]

(Image: Virgin America)

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