The FAA is investigating a Harlem Shake video that was filmed on a Frontier Airlines flight. Find out why—and get the scoop on more travel news and blogs—in our weekly roundup.
What Do Airplanes Do at Night When You’re Asleep?
Conde Nast’s The Daily Traveler published an interesting essay about the secret night life of airplanes. From aircraft maintenance to rare red-eye routes, the nocturnal activities of aircraft are based on one thing: making money for the airlines, natch. Although it turns out that some carriers manage to turn profit from nighttime flights a lot more than others.
How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy
We love this title (and the story itself), courtesy of The New York Times. Nathaniel Rich writes about long-distance train travel in the U.S., and answers the big question: Why do some people choose to travel by train when air travel is markedly faster and often cheaper? Find out.
America’s Coolest Small Town
Through a reader poll, Budget Travel has once again identified the Coolest Small Town in America. This year’s winner is Lititz, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home of Amish communities, freshly baked pretzels, and a handful of historical 18th-century sites. There were a total 15 finalists in the contest. See if your town made the cut.
FAA Investigates Harlem Shake on Plane
A viral video of the ultimate Frisbee team from Colorado College has caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The school’s news site The Catalyst reports that the FAA is investigating the origins of the video, which was filmed on February 15 on a Frontier Airlines flight. Why? Watch the video and you’ll see. Like the rest of the Harlem Shake home videos that have taken over YouTube, the clip features a person dancing alone for a few seconds, followed by a raucous outbreak of dance, costumes, and revelry. In this case, the dancers appear to stomp around and bang on the insides of the plane. It even looks as if the cabin itself is shaking. Check it out: