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What do you wear when flying? Jessica Biel amazed that “grown women” wear pajamas at airport

- April 15th, 2014
Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actress Jessica Biel arrives at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Jessica Biel wants “grown ass women” to stop wearing their pajamas to the airport.

The actress, best known for her role on the late-90s TV show 7th Heaven and for movies like Total Recall, said she was “amazed by the amount of grown ass women wearing pajamas in airports” in a post on her Twitter account last weekend.

As was reported by celebrity gossip site Just Jared, Biel added that she was “all about an elastic waistband,” before giving a possibly sarcastic “shout out to adults wearing pajamas in airports.”

(Twitter.com/JessicaBiel)

(Twitter.com/JessicaBiel)

While it’s possible pajamas should be saved for the bedroom, comfortable, breathable clothing is still a necessity for sometimes cramped economy-class flights that can last longer than the work day.

Here are four must-have items travellers need for comfortable long-haul flights. What do you wear when you fly? Share your tips and tricks in the comment section below.

Clockwise: Old Navy socks, starting at $5, oldnavy.ca; Walmart Allegro neck pillow and eyemask set, $12.97, walmart.ca; Tilley AdventureCloth Classic Pants, $135, tilley.com

Clockwise: Old Navy socks, starting at $5, oldnavy.ca; Walmart Allegro neck pillow and eyemask set, $12.97, walmart.ca; Tilley AdventureCloth Classic Pants, $135, tilley.com

1. Comfortable clothing: Tight clothing worn in tight spaces for an extended period of time can make you seriously uncomfortable.  Look for loose-fitting, wrinkle-free clothing in breathable fabrics — Independent Traveler suggests cotton or linen — to keep you feeling cozy through the flight. You don’t need to wear pajama bottoms, but you shouldn’t wear skinny jeans either.

2. Clean socks: Some travellers find their feet swell on long-haul flights. Store your shoes in the overhead compartment and bring along a pair of comfy, clean socks to switch into once you board the plane. The Huffington Post suggests flyers may also want to speak to their pharmacists about compression stockings or socks, which help improve blood circulation and prevent deep vein thrombosis.

Related: Chic travel gear for spring trips

3. Sunglasses and neck pillow: Shut out distractions and beat jet lag by catching up on your sleep during the flight. A pair of oversized sunglasses or an eye mask will help block light, while a plush neck pillow is a must for head support.  Even if you plan to watch a movie or read, having the support of neck pillow can be welcome on a long flight.

4. Layer with scarves or wraps: When you dress in layers, you’re prepared for any temperature you encounter during boarding, in-flight or after you land, say the experts at About.com. A scarf or wrap becomes a blanket to keep you warm in the sometimes chilly airplane cabin.

Australian cast of ‘The Lion King’ performs ‘Circle of Life’ on flight

- April 2nd, 2014
DisneyOnBroadway YouTube

DisneyOnBroadway YouTube

Depending on how much you enjoy A) flying and B) musicals, you’ll either love or hate this viral video of the Australian cast of The Lion King singing ‘The Circle of Life’ before takeoff.

The eight cast members were flying from Brisbane to Sydney aboard a Virgin Australia flight after the launch of their musical run and the excited group burst out in an a cappella version of the hit Elton John-composed song from Disney’s 1994 animated film.

“After an amazing day at The Lion King Brisbane season launch announcement, members of our Australian cast felt so elated they decided to sing the ‘Circle of Life’ prior to take off on their flight back to Sydney!” the DisneyOnBroadway YouTube page says.

Most of the fellow passengers appear to smile politely and focus on their various reading materials, likely just thankful the noise isn’t coming from a screaming baby, but one kid near the back of the plane looks like he’s itching to join in. Eventually mom nudges her little Simba up the aisle closer to the spirited performance.

Since it’s been 20 years (!!) since The Lion King debuted in theatres, here’s a refresher of the original ‘Circle of Life’ scene from the movie.

Prince William, Kate Middleton on Maldives second honeymoon

- March 7th, 2014
Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony during their arrival at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands, September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they watch a shark ceremony during their arrival at Marapa Island, Solomon Islands, September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

Kate Middleton is really racking up those frequent flyer points.

The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband, Prince William, arrived in the Maldives on Thursday aboard a British Airways flight for a second honeymoon. It’s being reported that they are staying at a private resort on the northern Noonu atoll in the Maldives.

The Duchess spent 10 days with baby Prince George and her family in Mustique in January, and is just weeks away from joining Prince William on a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

The Daily Mail reports the royal pair are staying at the five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel. The resort has 45 villas, a spa, gourmet restaurants and plenty of opportunity for water sports and diving. The property just opened in November 2013.

While Prince George will join Prince William and Kate on their tour Down Under, he was left behind in England with Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, for this trip.

The Duke and Duchess previously vacationed in the Indian Ocean in 2011 for their first honeymoon, when they stayed at a resort in the Seychelles.

TripAdvisor error lists woman as 87th best attraction in Glasgow

- February 28th, 2014
TripAdvisor

Mary Johnston TripAdvisor

A woman from Glasgow, Scotland has been listed as the 87th best attraction in the city on travel review site TripAdvisor due to an error.

Mary Johnston, 60, signed up for a TripAdvisor account to post a review, but wound up listed as Glasgow’s 87th most popular attraction, beating “the best view in Glasgow” at Ruchill Park and music venue The Hydro.

“I didn’t set it up. It must be a bug in the system or it is malicious,” Johnston told The Scotsman. “I’m already a user and I went on recently to review somewhere in Amsterdam so it may have happened then.”

Some users had already begun to post reviews and five-star ratings on Johnston’s listing, with TripAdvisor urging travellers to “share their experiences” if they had “been to Mary Johnston,” before the site became aware of the listing and removed it.

“This attraction wasn’t in the guidebooks but is fun for all the family if you’re a fan of people called Mary or rotationally-challenged photos,” wrote TripAdvisor user Perrierdoumbe.

“I’ve met other Mary Johnstons around the world but never a sideways one. Mary, put the kettle on, I’m on my way round after work the night. Top banana,” wrote user Jon Pavelin.

Johnston, meanwhile, seems to be looking on the bright side, telling The Scotsman “At least it is a good picture of me.”

Air New Zealand to debut sexy ‘Sports Illustrated’ in-flight safety video

- February 7th, 2014
A screenshot from the new Air New Zealand and Sports Illustrated in-flight safety video shoot.

A screenshot from the new Air New Zealand and Sports Illustrated in-flight safety video shoot.

Air New Zealand is teaming up with ‘Sports Illustrated’ to celebrate 40 years of flying to the Cook Islands and 50 years of the magazine’s swimsuit edition.

In a new in-flight safety video, famed ‘Sport Illustrated’ swimsuit models, including Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Gomes, add a saucy twist to the typical in-flight video.

“I’m grateful to be included in Air New Zealand’s safety video.  I loved the playful script that contains a lot of unexpected moments for a safety video.  It features so many SI beauties celebrating SI’s 50th anniversary of the swimsuit edition, that it may even have folks on the ground reaching for their oxygen masks!  Thanks SI and Air New Zealand for including me,” said Brinkley in a press release.

Called “Safety in Paradise”, the safety video was filmed in the Cook Islands and will debut on Air New Zealand flights on Feb. 11.

This isn’t the first time Air New Zealand has turned to celebrity for its in-flight safety videos. The airline previously ran a safety video called ‘An Unexpected Briefing’ starring characters from ‘The Hobbit’ and ran a ‘Safety Old School Style’ video featuring Betty White.