Beginning this month, Turkish Airlines unveils its all new selection of in-flight toys for kids 12 years old and younger. Made from all-natural materials, Turkish Airlines will now offer completely eco-friendly toys and old-fashion trinkets for kids flying with the 4-star airline.
Sit back with your device or book while the kids entertain themselves, or join in with the little ones. The new toys, specifically designed for Turkish Airlines, were made in a vintage style and are made of cotton and wooden pieces — all manufactured according to the sustainability regimes established by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Of course, the toys may not entertain the kids for the entire flight, but they are a nice touch for young travelers. Between shows, movies and games, encourage the kids to play with the in-flight toys while concurrently educating them a bit on wildlife awareness, endangered species and conservation practices — as the new Turkish toys are in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund of Turkey. Clearly, the green efforts go beyond just the manufacturing of the toys.
As most parents and guardians are well aware, the growing research on the harmful effects of plastic is difficult to avoid and Turkish, along with many other airlines, are becoming more and more committed to the environment.
As part of new sustainability practices and minimizing plastic use and other potentially harmful elements, Turkish Airlines offers a green revamp for kids and peace of mind for parents. The toy overhaul is a part of the growing effort of airlines working toward minimizing the negative impact of its operations. Even the smallest changes add up in giving back to the environment while attempting to combat climate change.
U.S. airlines including Southwest, United and Virgin America have been frontrunners in improving sustainability practices and working toward a cleaner environment through even the smallest steps. By simply switching to digital maps and providing the same information while cutting back on paper use and waste, airlines have shifted to a more earth-conscious system. Even using lighter devices and tablets lightens the overall weight of the aircraft — saving energy, fuel and leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.
And, of course, the toys are fun to play with, too.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).