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After two weeks of voting - along with intense debate in the comments - we have reached the Final Four of Airline Madness. The second round continued the drama that has become the trademark of this tournament, as #13 seed Obese people who take up two seats pulled off another upset by crushing those crying babies (and their inattentive parents). Meanwhile, when it comes to your money, #6 seed Change fees/no free standby won an upset of its own, proving to be way more annoying than the lack of free food. Annoying passengers and Legroom showed why they're the top two seeds of the tournament by advancing in dominant fashion. Now it's time for you to vote on the Final Four to see who advances to the championship. We're not wasting any time, so read on to cast your votes!
Travel Smarter 1982
After last year's air traffic controllers' strike, this year can only see improvements in the world of travel (unless, of course, stewardesses decided to start pouring less whiskey in our drinks). While the FAA is still hiring and training new air traffic controllers, Americans are returning to the road, now that gas prices are finally normalizing. And, we're seeing some bitchin' technology that will make life away from home more comfortable than ever before. It's 1982 and time to travel smarter!
Landing in any major city at night can be a thrill. The lights down below are enticing and the energy of a city after dark gets your pulse racing. Or, you know, maybe you're just exhausted and ready to collapse. This video of a plane coming in for a landing at LAX offers amazing views of the many neighborhoods of Los Angeles and the surrounding area (all labeled for our benefit). It's a view we don't often get to see (directly from the cockpit of the plane) of a city that's incredibly spread out.
Polls are still open in the second round of Airline Madness. Don't forget to vote to see who will advance to the Final Four of our tournament of airline annoyances. Go ahead and share your thoughts on the match-ups in the comments, share with your friends and voice your opinions to us on Twitter and Facebook. Polls close on Friday at 11:59PM EDT.
There are few joys of dog ownership greater than spending a day outdoors with your pet. Going for a long hike is a simple pleasure that, when shared with your four-legged best friend, becomes a special experience. However, anyone who has ever had a dog has wondered what his or her furry companion is thinking. While we'll never know exactly what goes on in a dog's mind, thanks to this clever videographer (and his handy GoPro camera), we can now see what Riley the corgi saw while hiking Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. Who knew hiking could be so adorable?
Traveling with disabilities poses its own set of challenges. However, challenges can be overcome. That's what makes this video so inspiring. Not one to let her paralysis keep her from enjoying an adventure, this paraplegic woman bungee jumped - with her wheelchair - off a bridge in Whistler, BC. The next time you're feeling skittish about hitting the road, trying something new or testing your limits, remember this girl. I'm pretty sure she could kick my ass.
Our final second round Airline Madness match-up features two classic airline pet peeves. #6 seed Rude airline staff struck a chord with voters and advanced with a dominating performance. It appears that many of you are fed up with poor customer service and terse answers to reasonable questions. Meanwhile, we learned that tight spaces are not just a tall person problem. Even average-sized passengers complained that airplanes lack legroom, which explains why #3 seed Legroom stormed through the first round. But which of these prolific peeves will annoy its way into the Final Four? Your votes below will decide.
This second round of Airline Madness match-up hits us where it hurts: our wallets. #6 seed Change fees/no free standby received an amazing 74.9% of the votes in its first round contest, proving that it has a real chance to go all the way in this tournament. Similarly, #3 seed Lack of free food/prices for food showed why people spend so much time bemoaning how airline food service has worsened over the years. It breezed into the second round while receiving more than twice the number of votes as its opponent. In this battle of monetary vexations, only one can win. Which one offends you - and your bank account - more? Vote below.