How Pittsburgh Airport Will Frack for Gas Under Active Runways

Pittsburgh International Airport has seen better days. Saddled with debt from building now unused gates, the troubled airport is expanding into a completely different business: fracking. The airport will stay open as drillers tap the gas reserves underneath, thanks to a technique called horizontal drilling. » 8/12/14 3:21pm 8/12/14 3:21pm

This Pop-Up Chair Would Make Long Layovers So Much More Tolerable

With the blazing speed of the internet mitigating our every expectation—especially wait times—it's no wonder we get impatient so easily. Delays at the airport are particularly maddening, because there never seem to be enough seats to accommodate the many fuming passengers who all need to get their destinations more… » 5/06/14 6:40pm 5/06/14 6:40pm

Airports Are Pretty Awesome When They're Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting Panda Express, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful. » 12/08/13 1:32pm 12/08/13 1:32pm

A New Bridge Will Let You Walk From San Diego to the Tijuana Airport

San Diego's airport has been too small for almost a hundred years—the city made its first plans for a replacement back in 1923. Now, after decades of failed expansion plans, private investors are slated to begin construction on their own solution: Build a pedestrian bridge to the nearest airport... in Mexico. The… » 12/03/13 1:00pm 12/03/13 1:00pm

Man, Watching Airplanes Take Off and Land Is Like Playing a Video Game

This timelapse video shows the controlled chaos that is airplanes taking off and landing at San Francisco International Airport. If you ever played Flight Control on your phone, it's pretty much exactly as impossible as that. It's incredible how nerve wreckingly efficient the whole process is. I will shut my mouth up… » 8/05/13 10:00pm 8/05/13 10:00pm

Kim Jong-un Confirms Design For a $200 Million International Airport

First Instagram, now this: An architecture and planning firm in Hong Kong has reportedly been chosen to turn a military airstrip in North Korea into an international airport. The plans show two donut-shaped terminals that could contribute to what some are describing as a tiny-but-not-imperceptible North Korean… » 7/29/13 6:40pm 7/29/13 6:40pm

Airports Will Steal Summer's Heat to Thaw Frozen Winter Runways

The winter months are some of the busiest travel times of the year, but they're also the most likely time for an airplane to be delayed. The culprit? Icy runways. Wouldn't it be nice and efficient if we could take some of the excess summer heat, save it, and use it to thaw out airports in the winter? Some of the… » 5/18/12 6:40pm 5/18/12 6:40pm

The TSA Doesn't Deny That It's Really Easy to Fool TSA Naked Body…

If you've been on the internet today, you probably saw (along with the iPad 3) that those fancy TSA naked body scanners can be easily duped by just carrying something to the side over you body (in a side pocket or an attached pouch). Wait... that's all it takes? Apparently so. Even the TSA doesn't deny it. » 3/07/12 4:30pm 3/07/12 4:30pm