* PLANE WITH WIDER SEATS DEBUTS (NO, REALLY!) (The Guardian). Here's a sentence we don't get to write every day: a company that makes airplanes is introducing a model with wider, more comfortable seats than the norm. Canada-based Bombardier rolled out the new aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week. Called the C-Series CS100, the plane features window and aisle seats that are each 18.5 inches wide, while the middle seat is 19 inches. That's roomier than comparable airliners from Airbus and Boeing, which have 18 inches and 17 inches respectively. The C-Series also has bigger windows, aisles, and carry-on luggage bins.
* HOTEL SATISFACTION NEARING PLATEAU AS PERKS BECOME EXPECTED (USA Today). J.D. Power's annual study measuring hotel guest satisfaction was released this week. The takeaway: while overall satisfaction increased, it appears to be reaching a plateau as certain perks become de rigueur. Offerings like free WiFi and breakfast, which used to be seen as special by hotel guests, are now taken as the norm—and that's one reason, analysts say, why the satisfaction uptick was much smaller than in recent years. Other findings: satisfaction is higher among guests who stay in luxury hotels, join rewards programs, and use online or mobile check-in. The four most important amenities according to guests are free WiFi, breakfast, parking, and premium bedding. In that order.
Representatives from the memorials listed above and other sites are working to get themselves excluded from the game, which they say is inappropriate and trivializing—to say the least—in those contexts.