U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers

Independence Day Trouble: U.S. Fighters Intercepted Incoming Russian Bombers on July 4th

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Independence Day Trouble: U.S. Fighters Intercepted Incoming Russian Bombers on July 4th

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 →

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Airplane Wi-Fi

Slow and Expensive, Here’s Why In-Flight Wi-Fi Sucks so Bad

By about 11 hours ago.

Slow and Expensive, Here’s Why In-Flight Wi-Fi Sucks so Bad

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.

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Free Wi-Fi

How to Get Free Wi-Fi on a Plane with Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

By on July 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM.

How to Get Free Wi-Fi on a Plane with Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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.

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Mach 5 Plane

Pentagon Working on Hypersonic Plane Capable of Flying Anywhere in the World in 4 Hours

By on July 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Pentagon Working on Hypersonic Plane Capable of Flying Anywhere in the World in 4 Hours

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.

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F-35 F-16 Fighter Dogfight Test

A Trillion Dollars Got the Army an F-35 That’s Worse Than the F-16 It Replaces

By on July 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM.

A Trillion Dollars Got the Army an F-35 That’s Worse Than the F-16 It Replaces

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 →

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Mile High Club Sex Airplane Video

Hilarious Video: How to Have Sex on a Plane and Get Away with It

By on June 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Hilarious Video: How to Have Sex on a Plane and Get Away with It

Joining the mile-high club – or having sex with your significant other on an airplane while flying to your next destination – is no easy feat, and might be a hard stunt to pull off on certain flights. However, a hilarious viral video shows you how to do it and get away with it. More →

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Air Travel Comfort

How Airlines Are Making Flying Coach A More Luxurious And Relaxing Experience

By on June 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

How Airlines Are Making Flying Coach A More Luxurious And Relaxing Experience

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.

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United Airlines Emergency Landing Ireland

Which Snack Got a United Airlines Flight to Chicago Diverted Over 2,500 miles?

By on June 23, 2015 at 10:35 AM.

Which Snack Got a United Airlines Flight to Chicago Diverted Over 2,500 miles?

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 →

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takeoff

This is what it looks like when your plane takes off… vertically

By on June 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

This is what it looks like when your plane takes off… vertically

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.

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Delta Internet Meme Video

Watch this immediately: The most amazing airplane safety video of all time

By on May 21, 2015 at 3:53 PM.

Watch this immediately: The most amazing airplane safety video of all time

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.

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Smart Luggage

Samsung and Samsonite join forces to develop luggage of the future

By on May 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Samsung and Samsonite join forces to develop luggage of the future

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.

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American Airlines iPad

iPad software glitch grounds ‘dozens’ of American Airlines planes

By on April 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM.

iPad software glitch grounds ‘dozens’ of American Airlines planes

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.

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