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Jess Moss

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Jess is senior editor at AOL Travel and Gadling. She covers stories and destinations large and small and tries to get out on the road with her camera as much as possible.

Hotel Guests Don't Care All That Much About TV

A new study by Skift shows that tablets and laptops are winning the popularity contest over television and pay-per-view in hotel rooms. This infographic shows some surprising shifts, like how free Wi-Fi is on the rise, while in-room porn has seen better days.


[via Skift]

A Budget Bus Rider's Worst Fears

Megabus in Chicago
compujeramey, via Flickr
There's a moment when every frequent budget bus rider tells him or herself, "you get what you pay for." This morning that thought was likely running through riders' minds when a MegaBus hit an overpass at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal. The double-decker bus was too tall for the entrance clearance, causing the bus to get wedged into the space. Two people suffered minor injuries, and the driver got a ticket and is being investigated.

Budget bus companies like MegaBus ply the Northeast Corridor and other parts of the country, offering rates as low as $1 (if you get lucky and book really far in advance) between cities like New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. The more usual one-way fares of $25-$30 are a steal when compared to Amtrak's prices for the same routes, and if all goes smoothly many of the bus trips take about the same amount of time as the train.

That's if all goes smoothly.

Google Makes Travel Easier For Lazy People

Google Takes on Hawaii's Hiking Trails
Google's ongoing world digitization is opening up some very cool travel experiences to people sitting in front of their laptops and tablets. Now, rather than spending thousands of dollars, lots of vacation time and a decent amount of physical exertion to see these places, you can arrive by a click and multi-task your exploring as you commute to work, procrastinate a project or tune out in a meeting.

Developing Story: Airline Crash in San Francisco


A plane reportedly crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport today. CNN reports the plane was a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines.

A YouTube video showed the smoking plane at the crash site.

This has been a busy week for airline collision news, with a close-call near-collision above Michigan and a call for air traffic control changes after a number of near collisions in recent months.

Passengers on the plane tweeted about the crash:



Update: 3:59 PM EST

Initial reports from passengers indicate most people on board did not suffer major injuries.

Update 4:07 PM EST

Local news outlet KTVU is reporting that all flights into SFO are cancelled and roads around the airport have been shut down.

Update 4:11 PM EST

Passengers from Asiana flight 214 are being taken to local hospitals. The flight as en route to San Francisco from Seoul. Initial reports from passengers claim that the nearly 300 people on board the plane are accounted for. David Eun, a Samsung executive, was on the plane and posted updates via Twitter. Facebook's Chief Operating Officer was scheduled to be on the flight but switched to a United flight to use miles:



Update: 4:34 PM EST

Local news outlet KTVU now reports at least two people were killed in today's plane crash.

Photos and video of the plane show a large, charred hole in the top of the cabin, and the tail is detached from the body of the plane. Details are still coming in about the crash, while some people speculated its cause on Twitter:



Others reacted to landing at SFO in general:

Update: 5:11 PM EST

Read a transcript or listen to the audio of the communication between the plane and air traffic control when the incident occurred here.

Update: 7:20 PM EST

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hays-White: "The scene is now secure."

Hays-White reports 291 passengers and 16 crew on board the plane. There were 48 initial transports from the scene to area hospitals, with additional passengers waiting to be transferred to hospitals. There were two confirmed fatalities. Some passengers are unaccounted for.

Two of SFO's four runways are back in operation.

The FBI says the crash does not appear to be caused by terrorism.

China Opens 'World's Largest Building'

World's Largest Building
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A mammoth new business and entertainment space opened in Chengdu, China, this past weekend, snagging the "largest building in the world" title. Inside the New Century Global Center you'll find everything from hotels and offices to a replica Mediterranean village, a pirate ship and a palm tree-strewn water park.

Check out photos of the new center here.

The building is huge (18.94 million square feet, to be precise), but it's not alone in the world of gargantuan structures. Before Chengdu stole the spotlight, Terminal 3 at the Dubai International Airport held the world title for most floor space. The U.S. doesn't appear on this list's top 10, but Las Vegas makes a showing at #11, with the 6.9 million square foot Palazzo hotel and casino in Las Vegas. (It's tied with the Grand Indonesia in Jakarta.)

The U.S. does have some size world records of its own, including: ...and a lot of other random giant things.

Video Of The Day: New York's Gay Pride Parade In Under 2 Minutes

NYC Gay Pride Parade 2013
After last week's historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, major U.S. cities, including New York and San Francisco, celebrated their annual Gay Pride parades on Sunday with even more exuberance than usual. In New York, marchers walked danced through the muggy streets from 36th Street and Fifth Avenue down to Christopher and Greenwich Streets in the West Village, while mobs of onlookers cheered, waved flags and wore amazing outfits. The actual parade lasted for hours, but for those of you with short attention spans, this time-lapse video chronicles the route in under two minutes. New York also launched a new LGBT tourism website this weekend.

These Are A Few Of Canada's Favorite Things

In honor (or should we say 'honour') of Canada Day today, we're taking a look at the top 10 things that make Canada Canada. Hint: it's not just hockey and maple syrup – though those are on the list. Watch this video roundup of the country's most iconic symbols and raise a Molson to the Great White North, eh?

Top 10 Symbols of Canada

Sydney Monorail Closes, Will Either Be Sorely Missed Or Soon Forgotten

Sydney's monorail shut down on Sunday after 25 years of operation. The largely overlooked transit system ran between Darling Harbour and the Central Business District and drew some of its largest crowds on its last day.

Sydneysiders' love-hate relationship with the retro monorail was evident on Twitter as the system shut down, with advocates mourning the loss of the landmark and opponents saying good riddance to the outdated train. The slideshow below highlights some of the best, the worst and the most absurd things people are saying about the monorail.


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