This Weedseeking Airport Tractor Spells Death for Dandelions

Weeds growing up through the cracks in airport tarmacs aren't just unsightly, they can create traction hazards for landing aircraft. But rather than rely on a squad of human herbicide applicators, one French airport is leaving the job to a single computerized spraying system. They call it "The Weedseeker." » 4/07/14 11:40am 4/07/14 11:40am

Ring of Thieves Pulls Off Huge Luggage Heist At LAX

You probably don't realize it, but hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods pass through airports every day inside of passengers' baggage. Well, a ring of baggage handlers at LAX certainly realized it. Police say they've been stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods right out of people's suitcases for… » 3/28/14 11:40am 3/28/14 11:40am

This TSA Redesign Could Change the Way You Think About Airport Security

The TSA needs help—bad. The agency and its blue-shirted officers have never been the most popular kids on the block, but things got worse last week when a former employee told all in a Politico article. But don't worry, TSA. The designers are here to save you. » 2/04/14 6:20pm 2/04/14 6:20pm

Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national… » 1/31/14 3:40pm 1/31/14 3:40pm

Genius man used one first class airplane ticket to eat free for a year

Airports are often terrible places to be. There are too many people rushing somewhere combined with too many cranky folks leaving somewhere mixed with annoying obstacles in the form of TSA security and rolling luggages. But it's just like that for us normal folk. For first class flyers? It's like being a rock star. One … » 1/27/14 7:18pm 1/27/14 7:18pm

All the Crazy Stuff People Tried to Bring on Airplanes Last Year

TSA screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013, and as we learned last year, if you look deeply within the possessions of that many people, you're gonna find some weird stuff. Tons of weird stuff. Here's a rundown of the craziest objects TSA found in 2013. » 1/24/14 10:00am 1/24/14 10:00am

Check Out Mumbai's Sparkling New Airport Terminal

It's been almost three decades since Mumbai's airport saw a renovation—a long time, for a city that's seen some of the fastest growth in the world. But on Friday, officials unveiled an $890 million terminal, filled with Indian art and high-tech architectural acrobatics. Outside, it's bordered on all sides by… » 1/12/14 1:00pm 1/12/14 1:00pm

Why We Renumber Runways When the Earth's Magnetic Field Shifts

The FAA can make the rules about air travel (god no inflight calls, please), but it's still beholden to the whims of earth's shifting magnetic field. Runways are named after their compass orientations to help pilots navigate. A changing magnetic field, however, means they now have to be renumbered. » 12/13/13 6:02pm 12/13/13 6:02pm

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

Boing 474: The Chinese Are Now Knocking Off Our Airplanes

Chinese manufacturers are experts at knocking off just about anything, from "Rat Ban" sunglasses and "Wee" gaming consoles to, yes, "HiPhones." But now it looks like they're very close to copying another American export: They're bootlegging our Boeing 747s. » 12/02/13 3:00pm 12/02/13 3:00pm

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

Google Street View Now Shows You the Inside of Airports

To make your holiday travels easier, Google Street View now takes you inside 16 international airports and over 50 train stations around the world. So don't worry about finding the baggage check using archaic methods like looking at signs. Now you can map it! » 11/26/13 12:40pm 11/26/13 12:40pm