Scenes From When Flying Was Still Civilized

There once was a Golden Age Of Flying. You didn't have to queue up, strip down, and surrender your beverage to the Goon Squad. Meals were served on real plates instead of sad, soggy cardboard boxes. The act of traveling itself was a pleasant part of the journey—instead of a necessary act of mass-transit. These… » 2/28/13 10:05am 2/28/13 10:05am

Qantas Now Pretty Sure That Your iPod Didn't Almost Crash Their Plane

Early last week a Qantas Airlines Airbus A330 surprised (and injured) its passengers with an inexplicable 300ft climb, followed by an even larger drop. Initial reports » 10/15/08 5:00am 10/15/08 5:00am seemed to place blame on interference from personal electronics — something that Qantas had claimed before. After the news made the rounds the…

Qantas Looking To Blame A330's Sudden Drop in Altitude On Passengers' Gadgets?

Earlier this week, a Qantas A330 inexplicably climbed 300 feet and then suddenly nose-dived back down. In the cabin, 71 people were injured. Interestingly, the ATSB is now looking at in-cabin interference from personal electronics » 10/09/08 1:45pm 10/09/08 1:45pm as a possible cause of the "irregularity with the aircraft's elevator control system."…

SLICC Pods Are New First Class Cabins For Air Force Brass

I've never been on a trans-Atlantic aboard a military transport aircraft, but I can guess that they're not the most comfortable way to fly. So it's understandable that top-ranking Air Force brass would want something a little more amenable to resting, taking meetings, and watching Hot Shots Pt. Deux on a 37"… » 7/18/08 12:00pm 7/18/08 12:00pm