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Amazing U.S. Map Given to the First Transcontinental Air Travelers

Amazing U.S. Map Given to the First Transcontinental Air Travelers Oct 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: David Rumsey Map Collection If you were lucky enough to be one of the first people to experience commercial transcontinental air travel in 1929, then you were lucky enough to receive this map. On the backside of the map is a a weather diagram, a "Certificate of Flight" and a flight log for the passenger to fill out. At 14x30 inches, these days the map would have made for a beautiful poster,...

Venezuela Exchange Rate Magic Brings Free Flights, Cash Payday

Venezuela Exchange Rate Magic Brings Free Flights, Cash Payday Sep 25th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Flickr/ jopimalg Venezuela's late socialist leader Hugo Chavez set money controls a decade ago that have caused a wacky system of disparity between official and black market rates for local currency. One result has been flights out of Venezuela booked for months in advance as locals take advantage of a loophole to gain financially. In Venezuela, the disparity between the official and...

Does Anyone Still Talk On Airplanes?

Aug 14th, 2013 at 5:00PM: When I get on an airplane, I hope that my over-the-ear headphones will send the same message to strangers beside me that I hope they send to strangers on the subways or streets of New York City: I don't want to chitchat. This isn't meant to be taken personally -- it's a decision I make before I ever lay eyes on the passengers seated beside me. Plane rides have always been meditative for me. I...

Why The American Airlines Merger With US Airways Is Under Fire

Aug 13th, 2013 at 2:30PM: The American Airlines merger with US Airways is under fire. The reason is simple: a merger between these two airlines would create the largest airline in the world -- an airline that would have the potential to monopolize the air travel industry. The Justice Department, as well as several states, have filed a joint lawsuit in order to halt the merger. According to USA Today, the Justice...

TSA Giving Veterans Clothing Left At Checkpoints

Aug 5th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Thanks to the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, veterans are now receiving clothing that has been left as airport security checkpoints. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Kathy Hochul (D–N.Y.) was signed by President Obama in January. Reagan National Airport is the latest airport to join in on the charity with a donation comprised of two months' worth of abandoned clothing. Before the...

What's Making Chinese Travelers So Angry?

Aug 5th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Air travel delays in China are becoming epidemic. According to an article published today in Time, only 18 percent of flights departing from Beijing in June took off on time. Chinese travelers are understandably frustrated with this problem, but their collective anger has taken a turn for the worse. Physical altercations, as seen in the video above, and arguments between travelers and...

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action Jul 31st, 2013 at 1:00PM: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Lockwood (This isn't the luggage in question, but you get the idea) Police in New York and Seattle were called in to investigate when a man ditched his luggage in order to avoid overweight baggage fees, NBC reports. The unidentified traveler was going to take Delta Air Lines Flight 1452 from Seattle to JFK when he was told his...

Is The Internet Changing Flight Route Maps?

Is The Internet Changing Flight Route Maps? Jul 26th, 2013 at 12:16PM: by n.guryanov. via Visually. Once the lords of the back of in-flight magazines, loopy-lined flight route maps appear to be quietly disappearing on some major airlines' websites. One possible explanation is the fact that many online airline shoppers have already done their homework by the time they arrive at the airline's site to book a flight. But some travelers are clinging to the old way,...

Why Do Bees Swarm Airports?

Jul 25th, 2013 at 2:30PM: A swarm of bees kept US Airways Flight 2690 grounded at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport yesterday afternoon for over two hours. The plane, which was heading to Indianapolis, was unable to take off when the swarm surrounded the nose of the plane. Since some people on board were allergic to bees, the passengers were kept on the plane to avoid contact with the insects. A beekeeper was...

Ryanair's Latest Stunt: Planes As Billboards

Ryanair's Latest Stunt: Planes As Billboards Jul 24th, 2013 at 12:07PM: Courtesy Ryanair Low-cost carrier Ryanair will charge for just about anything. The company has even announced it'll be selling ad space on the outsides of its planes. From pay-per pee toilets to the promise of oral sex, this is far from the first ridiculous stunt Ryanair has pulled over the years. It makes us a little skeptical these billboards will get off the ground. Let's take a look at the...

Woman Could Use A Lesson In Plane Etiquette 101

Jul 24th, 2013 at 10:08AM: It's an air traveler's worst nightmare: there you are, crammed into your already too-small seat, when suddenly the sleeping passenger next to you slumps into your lap. It happened to traveler Steve Cullum on a recent Southwest flight, and it can happen to you. Here's how Cullum describes his seatmate's sleepy antics on his YouTube caption: Minding my own business on a flight home, when I...

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports?

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports? Jun 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Air travel can be a tribulation anywhere but traveling through the world's mega-airports is never high on my list of fun things to do. Last week, I spent some time at Heathrow (in London) and at Frankfurt International airport - two of the world's dozen busiest, and some would say best-avoided, airports. These temples of transit require travelers to demonstrate the patience of Job, the endurance...

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane

International Travelers Like Global Entry VIP Speed Lane Jun 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: golf082/Flickr International travelers arriving in the United States this summer are often faced with a waiting time of three hours or longer to clear U.S. Customs. If their first stop in the U.S. is not their final destination, that wait can easily add up to missed connections too. In March, with several international flights on my upcoming travel schedule, I took a look at what could be done to...

Smiles And Technology Make For Happy Fliers

Smiles And Technology Make For Happy Fliers May 22nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Joe Kunzler, Flickr I've always found it a little odd that flight attendants still greet passengers, check their boarding pass and direct them to their seats (as though they might get lost between the galley and row 15) – but apparently we rather like that. According to the 2013 North American Airline Satisfaction Survey, passengers who are greeted by smiley airline staff register 211 points...

Alaska Volcano Erupts, Air Travel Disruption Possible

Alaska Volcano Erupts, Air Travel Disruption Possible May 6th, 2013 at 4:00PM: It's been nearly two years since scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) warned that Alaska's Cleveland volcano could erupt at any time, issuing a code yellow eruption advisory. Saturday, those scientists were proven more than right. "We haven't seen a phase like this where we've had multiple explosions," Rick Wessels, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey's Alaska Volcano...

Hacker Demonstrates Ability To Hijack Plane Using Smartphone

Hacker Demonstrates Ability To Hijack Plane Using Smartphone Apr 12th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Imagine this: you've fallen asleep on a plane headed to your dream vacation when suddenly erratic flight movement stirs you awake. The cabin is chaotic, and what's even worse, in the cockpit the pilot has no idea what is happening. All systems have been overridden, and – although the pilot doesn't know it – someone is controlling the plane from within the cabin. Hacker Hugo...

Climate Change Set To Take Fliers On A Bumpy Ride

Climate Change Set To Take Fliers On A Bumpy Ride Apr 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: If you're one of those people who start turning green every time your airplane hits a bit of turbulence, you're in for a rough ride in the coming years. According to a new study, air turbulence is likely to go up by 10-40 percent by 2050, causing more passengers to reach for the airsickness bag. The report published in the Nature Climate Change journal says that clear air turbulence – a...

Airline Service, As Different As Night And Day, Literally

Airline Service, As Different As Night And Day, Literally Mar 24th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Purely from an airline passenger's point of view, I've always thought that the international flight crew on any given airline was better than their domestic counterparts. If for no other reason, settling in for a long-haul flight, those international veterans have more time to take care of business. Short domestic flights kept flight crews busy and important safety-related duties take...

New Aviation Technology Brings Safer Travel Today, Looks To Future

New Aviation Technology Brings Safer Travel Today, Looks To Future Mar 13th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Commercial aviation technology has come a long way since its first flight in 1914, a 23-minute flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. Along the way, a great amount of the technology in today's aircraft, enabling travelers to fly around the world, was developed right here in the United States. That tradition continues with some recent advances, in use right now or on their way, that...

Tom Stuker Flew Over 1 Million Miles This Year - Why?

Tom Stuker Flew Over 1 Million Miles This Year - Why? Dec 31st, 2012 at 11:00AM: Tom Stuker took the term "frequent flyer" to new heights this year, logging just over 1,000,000 miles in 2012 all on United, all in first class. The 59-year-old Chicago native and New Jersey resident says he's flown a total of 13 million miles, much of that in his capacity as an independent consultant and sales trainer for automobile dealerships around the world. This year, Stuker says that...

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