Hot Travel Links: Awful French Airplane Ideas, Chewing Gum in Russia, and the China-Portland Express

This week’s best international travel stories.

By Marty Patail July 21, 2015

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A French company wants to improve on this seat configuration.

Image: Daboost

The French get a lot flack—almost all of it undeserved. But this new French airplane seating redesign deserves every ounce of your righteous American outrage.

Free wifi is so 2000-and-late. At this German hotel, $1,200 will get you a wifi-free, internet-less room

In Soviet Russia, gum chews you: One airline from the Motherland is banning chewing gum because it costs $1,700 to scrape off a single piece. 

According to the Beijing TimesChina is planning an 8,000-mile rail line to the US. Let's hope it's faster than the Amtrak Coast Starlight. 

Finally, you've probably wondered: what are the specific laws of physics that make my bike stay upright? Or maybe you haven't. Whatever. Here's a two-minute video explains the murky science whether you want it or not. 

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