How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact.… » 11/26/14 11:55am Wednesday 11:55am

Google's Spending $1 Billion on an Old NASA Hangar, No One Knows Why

Planetary Ventures LLC, a Google shell company, just signed a very expensive lease on a very large building and airfield in Silicon Valley. The lease in question will cost the search giant $1.16 billion over the term of 60 years. The building and airfield in question is the Moffett Field, where Google's founders have… » 11/10/14 7:04pm 11/10/14 7:04pm

Skateboarders turn an airport into their own personal skatepark

Skaters are great at appropriating architecture as obstacles for amazing maneuvers. But usually you think of the the rails and ledges of urban areas or constructed ramps as their playground. In this video, Finland's Helsinki airport is the unlikely setting for some gnarly shredding. » 10/31/14 9:51pm 10/31/14 9:51pm

What's the Worst Airport Terminal In America?

Air travel, once the pinnacle of style in America, has evolved into a fluorescent-lit, crumb-strewn hellscape of stinky carpets, underpaid and overworked employees, and fights between drunk racists and tall people. It's easy to claim your local terminal is the worst, but which of America's many airport terminals is… » 10/22/14 12:36pm 10/22/14 12:36pm

The strange case of O'Hare Airport's vanishing Terminal 4

Chicago's O'Hare Airport is one of the busiest in the world. That scene from Home Alone where they're running through the airport is no joke. O'Hare's hectic energy is overwhelming enough to make you forget your own Macaulay Culkin, for sure. And if the McCallisters had followed signs for Terminal 4, they would've… » 10/01/14 5:29pm 10/01/14 5:29pm

A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused a Plane-Diverting Fight

Planes are giving us less and less leg room so it's no surprise that quarrels break out between passengers over space. Yesterday, one such altercation got so heated that a plane was diverted to Chicago. And at the heart of the conflict? A nifty little device called the Knee Defender, which prevents seats from… » 8/25/14 7:15pm 8/25/14 7:15pm

Time lapse of an airport makes airplanes look like shooting stars

Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, airplanes are magical places. Okay, maybe not. But there's beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of airplanes at Shanghai's airport. It's like seeing man made shooting stars. » 8/14/14 9:35pm 8/14/14 9:35pm

This 3D-Printed Falcon Is a Flying Robot Scarecrow

Your usual scarecrow is a pretty low tech contraption: A vaguely humanoid shape draped in old clothes on a field. But what would a high-tech scarecrow look like? A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and… » 8/06/14 1:44pm 8/06/14 1:44pm

New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out of a Job

TSA lines are the very definition of a "necessary evil." Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we're eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don't fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could… » 7/22/14 12:31pm 7/22/14 12:31pm

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life on an Airplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, grabby TSA guards, and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you've still got an entire flight to endure. Your best airplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep… » 7/12/14 12:00pm 7/12/14 12:00pm

The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. » 7/07/14 5:40pm 7/07/14 5:40pm

Why the Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we're lost, hungry, and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how… » 6/12/14 4:20pm 6/12/14 4:20pm