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

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

Okay Fine, the 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren't completely blown away with what the 3Doodler—a sort of handheld 3D printer—was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognizable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a… » 6/23/14 12:20pm 6/23/14 12:20pm

Motorcycle jumps over plane that's flying sideways close to the ground

I don't know who had the hardest job in this video that stacks crazy on top of crazy. On first watch, I'd side with the pilot who's flying an airplane sideways mere feet from the ground. Another look would make me think it's the motorcyclist who has to jump over that plane. Or maybe it's the random guy crouching down… » 6/10/14 10:08pm 6/10/14 10:08pm

New Budget Airline Seats Swap Screens For Built-in Tablet Holders

Unless you'll be stuck on your flight for twelve hours, most of us are happy to save a few bucks on a no-frills budget airline. To help further cut costs, UK-based Monarch is introducing new seats that are not only lacking the ability to recline, they also feature a built-in tablet holder instead of a touch-screen… » 6/04/14 1:20pm 6/04/14 1:20pm

A Giant Elastic Band Could Let You Hide From Your Seatmates in Coach

Besides the leg room, free booze, and endless snacks, flying first-class also provides some much needed privacy that can make a cross-country voyage more enjoyable. It's a big part of the reason why flying economy sucks, but a couple designers may have found a way to make your cramped coach seat feel like first class. » 5/12/14 9:20am 5/12/14 9:20am

Detroit's Airport Just Installed a $75,000 Indoor Dog Bathroom

If you thought there was nothing worse than flying with little kids, just think about the complications of traveling with a dog. Most dogs fly in crates, but service animals are allowed in terminals and plane cabins. And so that their owners don't have to navigate the maze of airport security for an outside break,… » 4/23/14 4:10pm 4/23/14 4:10pm

Man, look how crazy close Blue Angels fighter jets fly together

Absurd. Like seriously. Look at this fleet of Blue Angels fighter jet planes fly in a perfect pattern in a practice session. The flight pattern they were practicing, I'm assuming here, is called "Let's get these flying metal beasts as close as possible so that one inch of a mistake will kill us all". I mean the wing… » 4/21/14 11:33pm 4/21/14 11:33pm

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify … » 4/11/14 12:20pm 4/11/14 12:20pm

The Crazy Things Delta Does to Cancel Fewer Flights Than Any Airline

Last year, Delta Air Lines canceled fewer flights than any other airline, scratching just 0.3 percent of its flights. That's more than five times better than the industry average. It's an obsession for Delta, an airline that once ranked near rock-bottom for cancellations, and as The Wall Street Journal explains, the… » 4/03/14 12:40pm 4/03/14 12:40pm

Wow, this might be the best video of a wingsuit flight ever

Videos of wingsuit flights are never not awesome but this one just might be the best. And it's not because of the snow. Though the beautifully fresh powder helps. And it's not because Dan Vicary, the flying man in the video, zips around for three miles. Though the astonishing views certainly don't hurt. But it's… » 3/05/14 9:36pm 3/05/14 9:36pm