It’s the airline, though, that may have received the biggest Christmas surprise. Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s vice president of communications and community relations, told me that the company had expected perhaps 800,000 views from the video. But in the few short days since Christmas Miracle went live, it had topped 13 million views, been seen in more than 200 countries and made the news in the U.K., Australia, Japan, Poland and Malaysia. “We’re pretty thrilled,” he said, with typically Canadian understatement.
This year’s theme is ingenuity, thankfully still alive and well in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Some items are almost necessities (scarf that conceals your valuables, stainless steel wallets to block RFID scanners), others are envy-inducing nice-to-haves (Swiss train watch, wooden acoustic speaker for your iPhone, New York pastrami sandwich or Texas pecan pie shipped to a far-off place), while others are why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-these-befores? (caffeinated shaving cream in TSA-friendly tubes). What all these products have in common: they made us sit up and go “Whoa!”
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France may have been voted the world’s rudest nation for travelers, but at least one organization is trying to fix that. RATP, which operates the Paris Metro (subway to us Yanks), has just published the Manuel de savoir-vivre à l’usage du voyageur moderne (Manual of Good Manners for the Modern Traveler).
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In-Flight Videos Starring Betty White, Ninjas, Santa Claus Are Making Airline Passengers Pay Attention
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