Airport Security Scanners

Revolutionary new laser system could detect bombs at airports in microseconds

By on May 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM.

Revolutionary new laser system could detect bombs at airports in microseconds

There’s no evidence that the TSA has ever actually prevented a terrorist attack. In fact the head of the TSA was just forced to step down on Tuesday after an investigation conducted by Homeland Security revealed that 95% of weapons and explosives went undetected as they passed through airport security check points. Ineffective though it may be, everyone can still recognize the importance of airport security. Of course, that doesn’t make it any less painful to endure, especially when you’re running late for your flight and you arrive at a security line that stretches as far as the eye can see.

The good news is that progress is being made that could speed up the security screening process in the future, while also making air travel far more secure. More →

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Watch the world’s biggest plane land in Australia

By on May 16, 2016 at 10:23 PM.

Watch the world’s biggest plane land in Australia

Tens of thousands of Australians turned out to gawk as the world’s largest plane descended into Perth’s airport on Sunday. The hulking Antonov An-225 cargo plane, which boasts six engines and wings that measure almost 300 feet long, was delivering a 100-plus-ton generator for a refinery. It landed smoothly with puffs of smoke from its many wheels.

It was an unusual aviation event, marking the first time the plane landed in Australia, and the moment spurred huge traffic delays around the airport as people came out to glimpse the enormous airplane, according to local media. More →

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Scary WiFi Hotspot Name Delays Plane

This threatening WiFi hotspot name was scary enough to ground a plane

By on May 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM.

This threatening WiFi hotspot name was scary enough to ground a plane

Getting online at an airport is often a far bigger hassle than it has any right to be. There are typically dozens of hotspots that are being transmitted by the devices of other passengers, hotspots that can only the airport staff know the password to and hotspots that require you to spend a few dollars in order to access them.

It’s a nightmare, but even your worst airport Wi-Fi experience probably doesn’t compare to that of the passengers of Qantas flight QF481.

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Airplane Flying Explained Science

How do planes fly? This animation explains everything you need to know

By on April 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

How do planes fly? This animation explains everything you need to know

Lots of us have ridden on planes before, but how many of us could really explain how airplanes lift themselves off the ground and stay in the air? Well don’t worry, because a neat animation explains everything you need to know about what makes a plane take off and maintain altitude for hours at a time before landing. More →

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Boeing 737 Pulled Runway Siberian Wind

Watch: Siberian wind pulls 41-ton Boeing 737 along the runway like it’s a toy

By on March 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Watch: Siberian wind pulls 41-ton Boeing 737 along the runway like it’s a toy

Planes and high winds aren’t the best of friends, especially when the aircraft is grounded. We’ve seen storms lift parked planes off the ground in the past, but that’s nothing compared to what you’re about to see in this video. Hurricane winds in the Siberian city of Norilsk were able to pull a Boeing 737-800 jet along a runway while witnesses recorded the whole thing.

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iPhone Time Lapse Video Landing

iPhone time-lapse video shows you what pilots see during a landing

By on February 16, 2016 at 12:07 PM.

iPhone time-lapse video shows you what pilots see during a landing

The following video doesn’t show us another airplane landing in terrifying weather conditions, but rather a regular old routine landing at London’s busy Heathrow Airport. What’s remarkable about the clip is that it’s a time-lapse video recorded using an iPhone inside the plane’s cockpit, giving us a rare glimpse of exact what a pilot sees as he or she guides an aircraft back down to Earth. More →

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Congress Airline Seating Regulation

Congress refuses to make air travel more comfortable

By on February 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM.

Congress refuses to make air travel more comfortable

Congress is nowhere near ready to regulate seating on passenger jets, and a recent vote in House committee proves it. In other words, airlines can keep shrinking airplane seats and make air travel as uncomfortable as they want without worrying about breaking any laws.

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Storm Imogen Videos Airplane Landing Wind

Scary videos show how hard it was to land a plane during Storm Imogen this week

By on February 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM.

Scary videos show how hard it was to land a plane during Storm Imogen this week

It’s been windy in Europe over the past few days, with Storm Imogen making quite an impression in the U.K. In fact, wind gusts of up to 53mph were recorded at London City Airport on Monday, and some of them prevented an airplane from landing on the first try.

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Suicide Bomber Daallo Airlines Airplane

A suicide bomber was behind a scary mid-flight explosion earlier this week

By on February 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

A suicide bomber was behind a scary mid-flight explosion earlier this week

A Daallo Airlines pilot managed to safely land a plane after an explosion ripped through the jet’s fuselage a few days ago. All but one passenger survived the event, and the ensuing investigation apparently revealed that the person who died following the explosion was actually a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device just minutes after takeoff.

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Airplane Explosion Today

Man captures video after explosion rips a hole in passenger plane mid-flight

By on February 3, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Man captures video after explosion rips a hole in passenger plane mid-flight

It’s nothing short of astonishing that 64-year-old Vladimir Vodopivec managed to land safely after a mid-air explosion ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Airbus A321 he was piloting on Tuesday. But because he kept his cool amid the chaos, the plane’s 74 passengers and crew all survived to tell the tale, and one man even managed to film video of the interior of the plane as it barreled through the sky with a gaping hole in the side of the cabin. More →

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Safest Airplane Seats Crash

Where to sit on an airplane to avoid being killed on impact

By on January 22, 2016 at 2:53 PM.

Where to sit on an airplane to avoid being killed on impact

So you’re anxious about flying to your next destination, but you have no choice. Curing your fear of flying is a difficult thing to do, if it’s even possible, but there are ways to calm yourself down. You already know that flying is the safest form of travel out there, and pilots are trained to handle even the most intense situations — check out these videos of pilots landing their crafts safely in some very scary conditions.

If that’s not reassuring enough, we can at least tell you where to sit on the plane so you’re least likely to be killed on impact in the event of a crash.

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Severe Airplane Turbulence Pictures

What severe turbulence looks like inside an airplane

By on January 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM.

What severe turbulence looks like inside an airplane

An hour into their trip from Tokyo to Auckland on an Air New Zealand airplane, passengers aboard this flight experienced severe turbulence, the kind that makes you worry about your life. Turbulence hit right during dinner service and the results look just like the aftermath of a massive party in an Airbnb rental. It’s not quite as intense as these videos of scary airplane landings we hope to never experience, but it’s still a frightening reminder of what can go wrong while traveling at high speeds thousands of feet in the air. More →

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