What would happen if you ripped out all the TVs and associated wiring from a plane, and gave everyone an iPad instead? Well, we just found out: the plane becomes 7 percent lighter, and saves an awful lot of fuel as a result.
Air New Zealand is beginning to offer what has been dubbed "cuddle class" seating. Basically it means that you and your snuggle-bunny will be able to snooze very comfortably after purchasing a row of seats that convert into a bed.
We've heard of airport employees abusing body scanners to get naughty looks at their coworkers, but now we're hearing that some security officials at a Nigerian airport might be using them like personal nudie-vision goggles.
Asian airline Cathay Pacific plans to offer 50Mbps in-flight broadband, cellphone service—both voice and data—and live television on all of its planes by early 2012.
Recently, British Airways advertised and discussed its downloadable, paperless boarding passes in an internal staff magazine called LHR News. There was something odd though: The sample boarding pass pictured in the magazine is issued to Mr. Osama Bin Laden.
The European Union's Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) is testing some kind of nebulous facial detection system that will suss out whether your expression is one of a terrorist planning on commandeering the ride or just diarrhea face.
Reader Daniel emails in with this nice find at the Southwest terminal at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. USB power ports! Charge your phones! Charge your USB junk! Shove in a USB humping dog! Either way, it's a nice gesture by Southwest. [Thanks Daniel!]
We already knew that Virgin America and American Airlines were planning to bring in-flight wi-fi in 2008, but we seriously didn't expect it be ready by spring. Aircell has just launched its US in-flight wi-fi service called "gogo" and they claim it will be available in the first half of 2008. Virgin America and…
The new "air-line" concept from student designer Daniel Fitzgerald and
offers an eco-friendly and space-saving solution to drying your clothes thanks to a design that functions using the movement of air along with solar heat. In other words, it is a solar-powered clothesline. The one big technological…
Remember the retired Indian Airlines engineer whose stationary airplane parked in his backyard was pulling in the punters? Well, Reuters toodled off to Delhi to clock Bahadur Chand Gupta's Airbus 300 experience for themselves, alongside a bunch of underprivileged kids who are flying for free. Anyone who scoffs at the…
An Indian entrepreneur has come up with the ultimate low-cost airline: one that doesn't fly anywhere. Bahadur Chand Gupta, a retired Indian Airlines engineer, bought an old Airbus 300 from an insurance company in 2003, rebuilt it, and it now sits in a Delhi suburb where people pay $4 per "trip" so they can experience…
Skybus is a new value airline that focuses itself around cheap flights costing as little as $10 dollars one way (before additional fees and taxes). A round trip ticket can cost as low as $40 out the door. While the Columbus, OH company offers service to 14 cities across the nation, this idea isn't as perfect as it…
As much fun as it would be to make lame jokes about the name Virgin and how phallic a big steel tube flying through the sky is, we'll just leave it at saying Virgin America's just been tentatively approved by the US Department of Transportation.