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Christina Talcott

In the news this afternoon:

New WiFi service on planes: USA Today reported this morning that Delta is rolling out its new on-board Internet service on Washington-New York and New York-Boston flights. For the next two weeks, the service (called GoGo) will be free. Eventually, the airline plans to offer GoGo on all its domestic flights, charging about $10 for flights three hours or shorter, $13 for longer flights.

Train Envy in Italy: On Saturday, Italy launched a new high-speed train between Milan and Bologna, just in time for Christmas shopping jaunts between the fashion and opera capital in Lombardy and the food hub of Emilia Romagna. Amtrak passengers are turning green with envy.

Quiet in Greece:
The riots that rocked Greece for eight days have finally ended and tourism has started back up again. However, the predominantly young protesters have pledged to continue agitating for the government to resign. The riots were incited when the police shot and killed a 15-year-old boy on Dec. 6 in Athens, though they quickly spread throughout Greece and turned into widespread protests across Europe, providing an outlet for disenchanted young people facing high unemployment and a faltering global economy.

Sick Children Visit Santa:
Here's a heartwarming story about a United Airlines tradition, the annual Fantasy Flight to the North Pole for sick children and their families. On Saturday, gravely ill kids from around the region converged on Dulles Airport and boarded a Boeing 777 for a simulated flight to the North Pole, visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus and costumed characters like Big Bird and SpongeBob SquarePants. Then, Santa handed out presents. Sounds like a lovely tradition to me!

By Christina Talcott |  December 15, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  | Category:  Air Travel , Airplanes , Airports , Christina Talcott , Europe , In the News , Travel Trends
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