How to Bring Drugs on an Airplane

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First, obviously, we’re talking recreational! I assume that if you are trying for a bulk sort of operation, there’s no way in hell you’re getting your tips here anyway, but yes, maybe worth saying regardless: this is for short trips and small amounts only. Maybe you’ve got an occasion on your hands in a remote… » 5/21/15 6:10pm 5/21/15 6:10pm

Thank God the FAA Is Switching to Satellites for Air Traffic Control

As unnerving as it is to hear, air traffic control has always been pretty piecemeal. Relying on a combination of instrumentation—namely, radar, radios, and GPS—as well as good old fashioned eyeballs, pilots do a pretty good job navigating the sky. But they’re about to get a lot better with a new satellite-based system. » 4/30/15 3:30pm 4/30/15 3:30pm

The TSA Is Using Behavior Screening To Identify Undocumented Immigrants

The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travelers are a threat or not. And as much as it sucks to go through the TSA’s invasive X-ray and scanning checkpoints, it turns out the TSA’s tactics are pretty messed up even when they’re low-tech. » 4/06/15 2:48pm 4/06/15 2:48pm

Some Of The Strangest Flying Machines Ever Built

It’s been just over a century and change since the first airplane flight. And an amazing amount of innovation has happened to aviation since then. Along with quite a bit of weird experiments, that didn’t entirely pan out. Here are fascinating videos of some of the strangest flying machines ever invented! » 4/02/15 8:05pm 4/02/15 8:05pm

A Bar On Board A Plane? Now You're Talking

When you talk about the price difference between economy class and business class, or business and first, you have to find some pretty significant differences before you can justify that extra cash. (Unless someone else is paying, or you can snaffle an upgrade using points or some smooth talking.) But if you're… » 3/24/15 2:00am 3/24/15 2:00am

Passenger Air Travel in the 1920s As Told Through Cigarette Cards

Passenger air travel in the 1920s and 30s was a uniquely exhilarating experience — provided you could afford it. But for those of us stuck in a world where flying has become a mundane and sometimes excruciating ordeal, we can at least live vicariously through the past. A website called The Passion of Former Days has… » 11/26/14 4:32pm 11/26/14 4:32pm

Five Best Pieces of Carry On Luggage

We recently asked you to tell us about your favorite Carry On Luggage, and the huge number of great picks were some of the most interesting nominations we've had to tally so far. Now we've got our top five, and it's time to decide which bag really deserves to fight its way through security with you. » 9/11/14 3:16pm 9/11/14 3:16pm

What's the Best Carry On Luggage?

Even on the long lists of gripes I have with air travel, sitting helplessly in my cramped, hot seat as the airline loses or destroys my bag still really stands out. A great piece of carry on luggage remains safely with you, saves you a trip to the luggage carousel, and protects all the great gear you were inspired… » 9/08/14 2:46pm 9/08/14 2:46pm

How a Better Food Tray Is Saving Virgin Atlantic Millions

Every ounce counts when you're hoisting several hundred tons of steel into the air and flying it across an ocean. So does every second flight attendants spend waiting on the people inside. Those ounces and seconds add up—and that's why Virgin Atlantic spent $168 million on a transformative redesign of its meal trays. » 6/10/14 12:00pm 6/10/14 12:00pm