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Airlines are trying to entice travelers with air terminal-based spas.

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(CNN) -- If you are looking for the latest news in the world of travel, tune into CNN's Business Traveller program.

But if you missed the show here are the details on what is featured in September's Smart Traveller segment.

Live TV for Singapore Air

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has become one of the first airlines in the world to introduce live television on international flights.

At 35,000 feet (10,700 meters), passengers flying from London to Singapore can now watch uncensored breaking news.

In 2006 the live television service will be available to everyone on SIA's personal in-flight entertainment screens. Checkout www.singaporeair.comexternal link

New spa for Virgin

After landing at London Heathrow, business travelers can now get rid of that red-eye and raw post-flight feeling at Virgin Atlantic's new spa.

The airline has spent $20 million revamping its clubhouse at terminal three. It is one of the first airline lounges to encompass a spa pool, a steam room and sauna.

The space also has a hairdressing salon, tanning booth and a 14-meter long cocktail bar. More from www.virginatlantic.comexternal link

Traveling juice bag

Mobile phones, PDAs and laptops now keep business travelers connected wherever there is a connection -- fixed or wireless.

But when the power light flashes alerting you that the batteries are low and there are no electrical sockets in view, what do you do?

Travelers can now become a walking, environmentally friendly power source by using a solar-paneled backpack that converts sunlight into electricity.

Up to six hours in the sun will generate enough energy to recharge a small 12-volt device such as a PDA, MP3 player, mobile phone or digital camera.

The Reware Juice Bag, www.rewarestore.comexternal link featured on this month's television program can also keep your laptop afloat as well -- just in case you drop it in the swimming pool.

Blacklisting airlines

Aircraft grounded for safety reasons will soon be added to an EU-wide blacklist.

In light of recent plane crashes around the world, European transport commissioner Jacques Barrot says an airline blacklist by the end of the year is vital.

France and Belgium have already reacted, banning 14 airlines from using their airports.

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