This Air Travel Map From 1929 Is Absolutely Stunning

The marvels of modern technology mean you can hop online and check the progress—in realtime—of any flight as it crosses the country. But as convenient as that is, there's still something to be said for what air travellers had at their disposal at the dawn of the jet age. Specifically, this gorgeous air travel map… » 11/29/13 3:30pm 11/29/13 3:30pm

The First In-Flight Movies Had a Live Orchestra

As crude as they may seem when compared to the home theater setups we enjoy in our living rooms, the in-flight entertainment options available on most flights have come a long way. Although, it's hard not to feel a tinge of sadness that movies accompanied by live orchestras never caught on. Now that was flying in… » 11/29/13 12:30pm 11/29/13 12:30pm

​Sex 'n Spas: The Future (And Not So Future) of In-Flight Entertainment

Careening through the air 30,000 feet above the ground can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved some pretty sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet, and the occasional backrub. Here's a look at some of the ambitious ideas that got us there, the failures… » 11/29/13 10:00am 11/29/13 10:00am

How an Engineer Earned 1.25 Million Air Miles By Buying Pudding

Most travelers take a passive approach to collecting Air Miles. The points accumulate in their account and, at some point, they might consider cashing them in for a free flight or upgrade—but there's a better way to do it. With a more aggressive approach to amassing Air Miles, there's a chance you may never have to… » 11/28/13 1:29pm 11/28/13 1:29pm

What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930s

Today we largely take international air travel for granted. Every major city in the world is little more than a hop, skip, and jump away. But what was it actually like to fly halfway around the world in the 1930s, when the very concept was still novel? Pretty incredible, as it turns out—provided you could afford it. » 11/27/13 3:35pm 11/27/13 3:35pm

10 of the Most Ridiculous Flight Horror Stories Ever

With so many people cooped up in a tiny cabin 30,000 feet in the air, it's inevitable that at least one flight experience in your life is going to be less-than-stellar. But some experiences are much, much worse than others. So while you're traveling home this holiday season and that baby next to you won't stop… » 11/27/13 2:30pm 11/27/13 2:30pm

How to Jump Out of a Plane and Live to Tell About It

"It's not the fall that kills you," as the saying goes, "it's the sudden stop at the end." Humans are a rather splattery bunch when dropped from a sufficient height, but that hasn't kept us out of the sky. Instead, we've spent centuries perfecting the process of controlled falling to make the stop after any fall as… » 11/27/13 12:00pm 11/27/13 12:00pm

12 Radical, Unbuilt Airports From 100 Years of Air Travel

As you curse the rat's nest of terminals, walkways, and people movers of whatever transit hub you're using to get home this week, it's easy to forget how extraordinarily sophisticated the average airport is. They're works of art, really—but they're nothing compared to the airport concepts artists have dreamt up over… » 11/27/13 9:00am 11/27/13 9:00am

The Rise of the Aerial Commuter: When Will We All Be Flying to Work?

Last month, a blog post by Sam Cookney captured the imagination of anyone who pays a little too much money for the convenience of living near work. He reasoned that, for the same price he paid for his one-bedroom London flat, he could live in a three-bedroom flat near the beach in Barcelona and fly to work in London… » 11/26/13 6:00pm 11/26/13 6:00pm

All the roads and flight paths America is taking for Thanksgiving

Tomorrow and Thursday, an estimated 43.4 million Americans will travel to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved, hated and annoyed ones. According to NASA, 90 percent will travel by road, and the rest will use airplanes and trains. Here are the roads, train tracks and flight paths they will take. » 11/26/13 4:02pm 11/26/13 4:02pm

These Little Electric Wheels Will Save Airlines Big Bucks

Because they only have their main engines for propulsion, today's massive modern jet liners can burn hundreds of pounds of fuel just taxiing from the boarding gate to the runway. That translates to multiple tons of wasted fuel every year and more than $1.1 billion in added operating expenses . But with this new… » 11/26/13 11:40am 11/26/13 11:40am