Happy Halloween!

Before you head out to Halloween parties or Trick or Treating this weekend, take a few minutes to get caught up on some of the most interesting and innovative developments in the travel industry this week.

Who will sit next to on your next flight? There’s an app for that!

Worried you might sit next to a crying baby on your next flight? Well, Quicket has updated its mobile application with a “social check in” feature that allows passengers to check themselves into a flight anonymously, by name only, or with a link to their Facebook profile. Passengers who elect to do so will allow their seatmates and fellow passengers to check them out on social channels before boarding. Hey, could be a way to plan out your in-flight conversation, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Two seats to a suite? The butterfly effect.

IATA’s Passenger Innovation Awards gave its top award to Hong Kong-based designer, James SH Lee, for his convertible seating design that would allow airlines to turn two-passenger economy seats into a single business class seat with a bed. The advantage to cash-strapped airlines is the ability to change seating configurations on a route-by-route basis to capitalize on cabin space and customer preferences for each itinerary. As low cost airlines disrupt cabin design, it is unclear whether convertible seating options, coupled with flexible cabin configurations, are the answer but Lee definitely has a lot of people’s attention.

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Universities ban study abroad travel to Ebola affected regions

While many students don’t like to let fear come in the way of experiences, several Universities have had to give a good, hard look at how to handle student volunteers and study abroad programs that send their students to regions that have been affected by Ebola. In some cases, action will be determined by travel bans and quarantines, but Arizona State University (ASU) has cancelled its student program to West Africa and is not allowing students to travel to Ebola-affected countries. Students will also be brought home if the areas they have traveled to become affected.

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Given that it is Halloween today we thought we would end with something a little frightening: a windowless plane. UK developers want the future of air travel to be marked with smartscreen panels broadcasting the view outside through touchscreen panels versus traditional windows. While the view can be switched on and off, and the design would save weight and fuel, the concept of quite literally being “in the clouds” might be too much for some travelers to bear. Would you fly on a windowless plane?

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