There’s a New Stop for AvGeeks in Japan. It’s Weird — Point Me Awake

by John Harper

Point Me Awake is a morning jolt of travel and points infused news. You might not feel awake if you stumble into this Japanese AvGeek attraction.

A(nother) Really Strange Thing In Japan

Tokyo is ground zero for bizarre dining experiences. This is a city where you can eat out of the hands of a robot, or eat ramen with a teddy bear, so you don’t, you know, get lonely.

Still, this restaurant featured on Million Mile Secrets pushes out the boundary a bit. Diners walk up to a building, sit down in an airline seat, put on a virtual reality headset, listen to a totally unnecessary safety demonstration, pretend to take off, and then eat dinner as if they’re on an airplane.

It’s somewhat reminiscent of the Pan Am experience in Los Angeles, except it looks more like a United flight from the late 1990s.

If this virtual reality experience is anything like the real thing, this is surely the least palatable $46 dinner in Tokyo.

There’s a Baggage Handler in South Africa Who Actually… Handles Bags

Baggage handling, at least in the United States, is one of those lost art professions that, like, barely gets done in 2018. In fact, sometimes it doesn’t get done, at all. Queue the video of bags tumbling out the side of a United Airlines jet.

There’s an inspirational video out on Facebook though, that could change the lives of baggage handlers everywhere. This South African baggage handler is seen actually handling bags, turning them in a direction such that they won’t be damaged and can be retrieved by the traveling public.

This is actually quite newsworthy (this guy is incredible). Thanks to View From The Wing’s Gary Leff for bringing this miracle to light.

No More Socialist Democratic Tweeting, Sweden

Sweden ended an experiment whereby a different citizen was given control of the nation’s official twitter account for a day, the New York Times reports. How could this have possibly gone wrong.

Club Seating on Air Canada Domestic Flights

A FlyerTalk member posted a peculiar photo supposedly taken aboard an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Montreal. The photo appears to show an Airbus A320-type aircraft with all first-class seating, including a section of club seats that face one another, with card table in-between.

Like other airlines, Air Canada is known to deploy VIP-configured charter aircraft, but based on some testimonials it appears that these jets occasionally end up in commercial Air Canada service.

Oh happy day.

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