WestJet announces scheduled service to Cuba

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) yesterday (March 31) announced it will fly between Toronto and Varadero, Cayo Coco and Holguin, Cuba, on a scheduled basis effective April 1, 2010. WestJet has served the three destinations on a charter basis since November 2009.

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In the fine tradition of April’s Fools jokes, WestJet today (April 1) announced the introduction of Clapper technology on board its aircraft. This new feature will allow guests to operate controls at their seat, like lights and live seatback television, simply by clapping their hands.

Made popular on television in the mid-1980s, Clapper technology is making an in-flight comeback thanks to the addition of a newly patented transmitter. Guests wearing the transmitting device while seated can clap once to activate the reading light in the console above their head, clap twice to change the channel on their live seatback television, or clap three times to illuminate the flight attendant call button. Transmitters are available to purchase online for $19.95, and the devices come in a variety of colors.

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