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Sarah Shewey

CEO/Founder, Happily


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Rethink the human-centered airline experience. *A TEDActive Travel Project*


The TEDActive Travel Project will examine customer experience onboard the plane and beyond the terminal. We'll look at the challenges and opportunities, for both individual travelers and the airline industry, and produce a set of recommendations to enhance air travel.

At TEDActive2011 in Palm Springs, an amazing group of individuals came together and came up with some easy ways that anyone can change their airline experience. After a quick 36 hour period of time, they recommended that we make an effort to see travel as a social experience, to be an active part of the journey and not just a passenger going to a destination.

Please share your own ideas for a better air travel experience below or start a new conversation and tag them with TEDActiveFLY so we can join in!


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    Apr 20 2011: One flight to the other side of the planet produces as much greenhouse gases as an average Australian produces in one year (similar to American). How about we rethink travel in terms of whether or not each trip is justifiable rather than making the journey itself more fun.
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      Apr 26 2011: Hi Chantelle :-)

      That is fine and a fair comment when your family all live in one country, but when my family live in New Zealand and my husband's family live in Japan; and we live in Malaysia - we do clock up the air miles.

      As soon as a 'beam me up Scotty' system comes in - I will be very happy ! Can someone invent this for me please?

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