Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter.
I follow the TSA on Instagram to see the weird items people try to sneak through security, but they post news worthy updates, as well. Air Canada passengers are now eligible for Pre✓, becoming the first international carrier included in the service. Pre✓ is already offered at 115 airports nationwide, with more than 40 of those offering expedited screening to Air Canada passengers.
Printing boarding passes is out. Using your smartphone as a boarding pass is so 2013. airberlin’s iPhone app now let’s you connect with your Pebble, allowing you to board a plane with your watch. Pebble connects with your phone via BlueTooth, and can now display a barcode for your next airberlin flight.
If you’re looking to be a little more active on your next vacation, Reebok may have the outing for you. The shoe company has teamed up with Austin Adventures to offer their first packaged vacations. Destinations include Utah, Costa Rica, and Montana.
Gogo has long been the major provider of in-flight wifi, but AT&T is looking to enter the market. “Ma Bell” is also looking to offer the first 4G service in the air, using skyward pointing antennas on the ground rather than satellites. Service is expected to start in late 2015.
If you listen to podcasts, you have probably heard about Stuff You Should Know. I’ve been playing podcast catchup and just got to their episode on how black boxes work and it’s filled with interesting tidbits. The subject matter is a bit morbid, but if you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on with a flight data recorder, give it a listen.