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You Can Own a Flight Simulator or an Emergency Evacuation Training Simulator

You dream about it every day: the ability to pilot a large commercial aircraft through the skies — whether they are clear and calm or turbulent — from taking off to “greasing” the landing on a runway. Perhaps you secretly relish the chance to escape a cabin filled with smoke and whump yourself down on the emergency evacuation slide to freedom — but then, there is that whole pesky fire and crash thing going on there which can be rather dangerous…

…and who wants to deal with the annoying crowds who are also trying to flee while carrying their baggage?

Your fantasies could become a reality — provided that…

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Brazil Eases Visa Requirements and Reduces Reciprocity Fee for United States Citizens

Effective as of Thursday, January 25, 2018, the fee which citizens of the United States have been required to pay in order to visit Brazil had been significantly reduced to $44.24; and the service fee of $4.24 — which is included in the reduced visa fee — is for the convenience of processing the visa application electronically in three simple steps, which will substantially reduce the amount of time needed to apply and receive the visa.

Prior to Thursday, January 25, 2018, citizens of the United States who wanted to apply for a visa to visit Brazil not only had to…

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Hewlett-Packard Announces Battery Safety Recall and Replacement Program

If you travel with certain notebook computers or mobile workstations manufactured by Hewlett-Packard, note that a voluntary safety recall and replacement program has been announced pertaining to batteries for those electronic devices, which have the potential to overheat and pose a fire and burn hazard to their owners and users.

Customers cannot…

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Would You Fly to a Distant City to Fight a Traffic Ticket?

Imagine renting a car in a city which is far from where you are based. You return the vehicle to the rental car facility prior to traveling home. Three weeks later, you receive in your office a citation for allegedly running through a red light, with the cameras at the scene twice photographing your vehicle which you were driving in the process of committing the infraction. The fine is $125.00.

Do you travel to the city to fight the traffic ticket; or do you simply pay the fine?

The answer may not be as clear as you may think.

The aforementioned scenario is what recently happened to…

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YouTube Screws Over Smaller Content Creators With Stricter Minimum Requirements for Monetization

In order to “better protect its content creators”, YouTube has changed the minimum requirements to its YouTube Partner Program through which videos posted to it can be monetized effective as of today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 — and in the process, leaving smaller content creators with no way to earn money on content other than AdSense.

Existing content creators have a…

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This is One Upgrade I am Glad I Did Not Pursue

Frequent travelers typically enjoy upgrades — whether they entail being moved to a seat in a premium cabin; enjoying a suite instead of the usual hotel room; or being switched to a car which is packed with features which help improve the driving experience. An upgrade implies that you are special as a customer when you are given a better option at little to no extra cost…

…but I have read and heard a number of reports from the media which cited a study conducted at…

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9 Things People Born in the 21st Century Will Never Understand About Travel?

Contrary to the conclusions of members of many marketing departments and exhaustive research conducted by them, I hardly believe that anyone who is 18 years of age or younger really is all that different in terms of what he or she wants from travel when compared to any other age group. We all basically want ways to enjoy our travel experiences as much as possible — although those experiences can greater differ — with the cost, effort and time invested to simultaneously be as minimal as possible…

…but…

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Electronic Visas for Visiting Brazil and Egypt

More countries are learning that tourism is an important and lucrative industry which can benefit their economies in many ways; and in order to attract visitors, the process needs to be as easy and cost-effective as possible.

In addition to Saudi Arabia planning to issue tourist visas in 2018, two of those countries are Brazil and Egypt pertaining to electronic visas.

Egypt is now issuing electronic visas for citizens of 41 countries; while Brazil started issuing electronic visas to…

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I Finally Have Internet Access Again — and Photographs of Snow.

This is just a short note to let you know that I have not posted any articles to The Gate recently because I lost access to the Internet due to the winter storm which impacted the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Being without Internet access was inconvenient at best; but being without electric power for…

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