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At Dusseldorf Airport: pick a card, any card

Bryan Berg – a Guinness World Record holder for cardstacking – paid a visit to Dusseldorf Airport recently and built the New York skyline in the terminal.


The project was an advertisement for an IT company in  Cologne, and included glue-less structures of the Freedom Tower, the Statue of liberty, Yankee Stadium, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

Berg used 103.950 cards to build the skyline and, just to be sure no one topples it over, the card city sits inside a glass box.

Look for it at Düsseldorf Airport until the end of February.


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Win an Airbnb stay in a converted KLM airplane

Now here’s a great way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend: inside an “airplane apartment.”

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From now through November 20, you can enter a contest to win an overnight stay – on November 28, 29 or 30 – inside a recently retired KLM MD-11 airplane parked next to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The plane has been turned into an apartment with 116 windows, large living room, a master bedroom, an extra room with two beds, a kitchen and eight (!) small bathrooms. There’s also Wi-Fi, library, first class chairs, a game console and plenty to see outside the cockpit window.


Sound like the kind of Airbnb digs you might like to try out?

The KLM contest will pick one winner for each of the three nights and each winner may bring up to three guests. Even better: winners also get roundtrip flights on KLM to Amsterdam and a 500 EUR Airbnb gift card.

If you win a night on the airplane there will some rules:

*No flying.
*Don’t use the inflatable emergency slide.
*Smoking is not allowed when the non-smoking sign is on.
*No marshmallow roasting with the jet engines.

There’s more information – and details on entering the contest – in the Airbnb listing.

Brisbane Airport ready for G20 Leaders’ Summit

The G20 Leaders’ Summit is taking place in Brisbane, Australia this week and that means regular commercial flights are likely to be delayed as preference is given to the movement of airplanes carrying world leaders.

To entertain delayed travelers, Brisbane Airport is offering a variety of free activities and amenities, including stations where passengers can take selfies with a panorama of the visiting dignitaries.

There will also be theater performances, G20 flag tattoo give-aways and free coffee with Tim Tams – a very popular Australian chocolate biscuit.

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New Hobbit-themed safety video from Air New Zealand

They’ve done it before with Golden Girl Betty White, the ribald puppet Rico, Richard Simmons and a crew of almost naked crewmembers:


Now, to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Air New Zealand has put together another fun, star-studded in-flight Hobbit-themed safety video.

This one stars Elijah Wood, Sir Peter Jackson and a host of other odd characters and is highly entertaining – even if (like me) you haven’t seen a Hobbit movie nor read any of the Hobbit-inhabited books.



Interview with The Lego Pilot

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In person, he’s surely taller and more animated.

But in selfies online – on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, – the world’s smallest international airline pilot is pretty darn charming.

Since March, the tiny toy has become the alter-ego of a London-based pilot – a first officer in his mid-20s – who for now won’t share his real name and the name of the airline he works for, but via email was willing to share some details about his real life and the adventures of the Lego figure he’s been photographing at work and play in, so far, more than 20 cities around the world.

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The real pilot told me that about two years ago, he was a given a Lego plane set with a Lego pilot as a joke present from his parents when he got his first commercial airline pilot job. “The pilot was to be like a lucky charm in my flight case,” he said.

That original Lego pilot got lost, but once the Lego Pilot photography project was hatched, the real pilot purchased a new figure.

“I guess he does resemble me. A happy coincidence when building the Lego mini-figure in the Lego Store,” he said.

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Finding locations for the Lego Pilot to have his picture taken hasn’t been a problem, but there have been strange looks and some challenges in setting up scenes, “especially outside, the wind tends to knock him over,” said the pilot. “Also I do get worried about losing him.”

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The pilot said he hasn’t heard from the Lego company’s lawyers yet, but he has posted a disclaimer on his site alerting fans that the project is not an official Lego project. He’s also being very careful about not revealing his identity to honor his company’s rules about social media.

“If the airline doesn’t like [the project] I could face disciplinary action and that would bring an end to the Lego Pilot,” he said. “I have worked very hard to get where I am and I do not want to lose my job. But at the same time, this project is fun and my new hobby gives the world a little bit of an insight into a pilot’s life.”

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(All photos courtesy of the Lego Pilot)

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