Tensions between the USA and Russia escalated on Independence Day, when the European superpower decided to send two pairs of Tupolev Tu-95 long-range strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear payloads, close to the coast of California and Alaska. The Air Force scrambled fighter jets to intercept them. More →
If one were to list out all of the things that make air travel so damn frustrating, it’d be hard to know where to even begin. From delayed flights and cramped seating to what is often an exceedingly long check-in process, air travel is rarely a seamless experience.
All that aside, the notion of accessing the Internet while mid-flight is certainly a surefire way to relieve some in-flight boredom and discomfort.
Or so you would think.
Unfortunately, in-flight Wi-Fi is not only pretty expensive, but it also has a tendency to be painfully slow if you’re trying to do anything more intensive than checking a few emails. The end result is that many fliers often find themselves paying a pretty penny for shoddy service, a losing proposition on both ends.
Though many airlines have recently taken steps to improve the overall flying experience, free Wi-Fi still remains elusive on most popular U.S.-based airliners. More often than not, Wi-Fi service is offered through a company called Gogo which provides Internet connectivity at varying rates depending on how long you want to use it. An all-day pass, for instance will set you back $16 while an hour pass will cost you $5.
If you take a look at a list of the fastest airplanes to ever grace the skies, many of them, for whatever reason, were primarily active in the 1960s. That may change soon enough.
Military.com is reporting that the U.S. Air Force is looking to partner up and develop a hypersonic jet capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound, otherwise known as Mach 5. By way of contrast, the famed Concorde aircraft traveled at Mach 2.04.
The Army spent more than $1 trillion on the F-35 airplane program, a next-gen fighter that should outclass the F-16 in every way. The stealthy new flagship plane will be used by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the militaries of more than a dozen U.S. allies in the future, replacing the F-16. But don’t expect it to perform better than the F-16 that the U.S. Air Force first acquired in the late 1970s, even though it should be superior to the F-16 in every conceivable way. More →
Unless you’re flying first class, air travel can often be exercise in frustration. From cramped seating to mediocre, if not questionable, food, travelling via coach often leaves passengers counting down the time until they land. Naturally, the frustration is compounded on longer flights where boredom and discomfort tend to join forces to create what often amounts to a miserable few hours.
Thankfully, some airliners are stepping up their game and are providing travelers in coach with amenities that were previously only enjoyed by those lucky enough to travel in first class.
A 42-year-old American went berserk on a plane returning home from Rome, forcing the crew to perform an emergency landing in Ireland. All this happened because the passenger was unhappy with the quantity of airline snacks he received. More →
I hate airplane travel but at the same time I’ve never been worried that the air inside the cabin was slowly poisoning me. Others, however, have wondered whether air in plane cabins might be toxic, especially crews that are exposed to this particular type of air more consistently than travelers. More →
Unless you’re the thrill seeking type, you might want to avoid, at all costs, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Ahead of the 2015 Paris Air Show, Boeing wanted to show off what the Dreamliner can do and the result is positively frightening.
With the advent of mobile devices, odds are pretty high that most people these days don’t pay attention to airline safety videos. Delta, however, is out to change that with a new Internet-meme themed video that splices together your standard flight safety instructions with an avalanche of Internet memes, both new and old. To top it all off, the video even features a few cameos worth keeping an eye out for.
With the “Internet of Things” already ushering in a completely new world of device interaction, it’s no surprise that even mundane appliances like coffee makers are starting to come with built-in WiFi.
Looking to take the “Internet of Things” to even stranger new places, Samsung and Samsonite are reportedly working together to bring you smart luggage. While the notion of smart luggage, at first glance, seems somewhat preposterous, a few interesting use cases do present themselves.
Starting in the summer of 2011, a number of airlines, including Alaska Airlines and Delta, began replacing voluminous paper manuals with iPads on some of its planes. The iPads came pre-loaded with anything and everything a pilot might need to access during a flight, including aeronautical charts, operating manuals, along with a slew of other reference materials.
By 2013, this practice became commonplace, so much so that American Airlines began using iPads across its entire fleet of aircraft, the first major commercial airline to do so.
And so, as luck would have it, American Airlines is also the first major airline to see its planes grounded due to malfunctioning iPads. On Tuesday evening, a number of iPads designated for cockpit use began shutting down unexpectedly, causing a number of flight delays across major U.S. cities.