Tag Archives: Airplanes

Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Flying, as I have written before, is one of the more vexing climate-related problems facing transportation. There are no good answers for cleaning up aviation except to fly a whole lot less, reversing the massive growth in the aviation industry over the last several decades that is projected to continue for several…

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What’s The Best Way To Sleep In An Airport?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but fall is already upon us which means winter will be here any day now, pelting airport hubs around the world with blankets of snow and delaying flights for such an egregiously long time that you start wondering if it would just be easier to walk to your destination… or just try…

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Here’s Why Jet Airliner Engines Are Never Painted In Front

If you look out the windows at a busy airport, or maybe out the porthole on your next airplane ride, you might notice that many planes are mostly white but the ring at the forward tips of their engines is always silver. There’s a reason for that, and it’s not just style.

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Airline Pilot Falls Asleep During Flight—and Sails 29 Miles Past Destination

After reportedly dealing with a personal crisis that interfered with a night of sleep, a commercial pilot caught up on their rest mid-flight.

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Millions of Chinese Nationals Are Barred From Booking Flights Under the Social Credit System

Despite the fact that China’s controversial “social credit” system isn’t scheduled to be fully implemented until 2020, many areas are already rolling it out as a way to monitor the country’s 1.3 billion citizens. Plenty of folks are already reporting that their ability to travel is being impacted.

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BrewDog Is Introducing The First Ever Craft Beer Airline So You Can Get Drunk While You Cross The Atlantic

Great news for all you beer drinkers out there: in just a handful of months, independent craft brewer BrewDog is launching their very own airline. And yes, that most definitely means you can now spend your entire flight sampling creative drinks and eating awesome food.

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Watch This Plane Safely Make an Emergency Landing in the Middle of an Active Interstate

What is it about California and planes suffering mechanical failure only to land in the middle of a highway? It seems like Cali is the only state where this is a regular occurrence—and, as of Friday, we can add another one to the list.

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A Southwest Flight Made an Emergency Landing After an In-Flight Case of Non-Consensual Footsie Got Out of Hand

If you’ve ever flown before, you know the feeling: as you hunt down your seat, you’re hoping and praying that the person next to you won’t be some weirdo who doesn’t understand the concept of personal space. Normally, we’re pretty lucky. But on Tuesday, a Southwest flight had to make an emergency landing because of…

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Technician Accidentally Sets off an F-16 Cannon, Blows Up Another F-16

This sounds like something straight out of a goofy military comedy, but I assure you this is real: a Belgian technician accidentally set of the cannon of a military plane during maintenance, which shot another plane. That plane blew up, damaging the initial plane in the process. Talk about a bad day.

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How to Tell if Your Flight’s WiFi is Going to Be Netflix Worthy

As someone who flys 4-6 times a month, on-board WiFi has increasingly becoming a pain point for me.

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