Cheap Flights Prices Dropping

Airfares will soon be the cheapest they’ve been in four years

By on July 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

Airfares will soon be the cheapest they’ve been in four years

If you’re planning to book any flights this fall, you might want to wait until August. According to Montreal-based analytics company Hopper, the price of an average round-trip ticket will plummet to $244 next month. That’s nearly a 5% decrease from the average price in August 2014. More →

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F-16 Fighter Jet Takeoff Video

Watch in awe as an F-16 fighter jet ascends to 15,000 feet in 20 seconds

By on July 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

Watch in awe as an F-16 fighter jet ascends to 15,000 feet in 20 seconds

One of the most nerve-wracking parts of a flight for many people is takeoff. Once the plane is at cruising altitude, everything’s all right, but until then, you’re completely off-balance and you can’t even open your laptop to distract you from the fact that you’re floating five miles above the planet’s surface in a metal tube.

Sure, it only takes a few minutes, but as you’re about to see, there are jets out there that can do it a lot faster.

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In-Flight WiFi Cybersecurity Risk

Government watchdog says that in-flight WiFi could allow hackers to hijack planes

By on April 15, 2015 at 12:11 PM.

Government watchdog says that in-flight WiFi could allow hackers to hijack planes

In a report released earlier this week, U.S. government watchdog group GAO (Government Accountability Office) warned that the increasing connectivity of our aircraft, from flight tracking technologies to in-flight WiFi, could give hackers an access point to tap in and potentially hijack a flight. More →

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Scary Turbulent Flight

You’ll never want to fly again after watching this video of a plane in a winter storm

By on December 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM.

You’ll never want to fly again after watching this video of a plane in a winter storm

Fear of flying is all too common, but it’s typically unfounded. Your chances of being in an accident are astronomical, but if you went through what the passengers of American Airlines flight 280 went through, it would be hard to blame you for avoiding airports for at least a few months. More →

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TSA PreCheck Randomizer App

TSA’s new app could make dealing with airport security less of a nightmare

By on May 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

TSA’s new app could make dealing with airport security less of a nightmare

The advent of the PreCheck program has made trips to the airport far less stressful, but how does the TSA keep the screening process secure and unpredictable? Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the TSA uses a “randomizer” app at around 100 airports to determine which passengers will go through the expedited screening process and which will go through standard screening. More →

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Blogger shows the world how to sneak anything past TSA’s nude body scanners [video]

By on March 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

Blogger shows the world how to sneak anything past TSA’s nude body scanners [video]

The United States Transportation Security Administration recently invested $1 billion in body scanner technology it claimed would make air travel safer, but the scanners have come under fire since the agency first revealed its intentions. Some people argued that the nude scanners were an invasion of privacy while others were concerned with radiation emitted by the machines. Now, however, it appears as though past arguments pale in comparison to recent information brought to light by scientist and blogger Jonathan Corbett. Read on for more. More →

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American Airlines offers Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to first class passengers

By on June 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM.

American Airlines offers Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to first class passengers

American Airlines is starting to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units to its first class passengers as an entertainment option during several flights, Mashable is reporting. Apparently the tablet will be an option on flights between Los Angeles and New York, San Francisco and New York, Los Angeles and Miami, Boston and Los Angeles flights operated by 757s, and a few European and South American flights operated by American Airlines’ 767-300 aircraft. 6,000 tablets are being deployed in total, and American Airlines will offer passengers access to Wi-Fi during the trip. Hopefully AA at least loads the Tabs up with a few movies and some tunes, too. More →

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JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

By on September 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM.

JetBlue Using eBay in Attempt to Boost Sluggish Sales

Now is most definitely not a good time to run a US (or any) airline. People are traveling less, the economy is basically in the toilet and fuel is incredibly expensive which means that everything else is more expensive. On top of everything else we just entered a historically slow time of the year in terms of air travel as summer draws to a close and kids return to school. We’re not sure how far this tactic will go, but JetBlue is trying to ease the pain a bit by auctioning off a handful of flights on eBay. This doesn’t mark the first time an airline has turned to eBay but in the past, official eBay ticket auctions have been used to raise money for charity. JetBlue apparently isn’t quite concerned with humanitarianism at the moment as the airline has listed over 300 round-trip packages including single tickets, two-ticket packages and even a few mystery auctions that include hotel stays. All auctions were listed last night with varying durations and with opening prices of between 5¢ and 10¢. The auctions are expected to close between 85% and 90% of retail value, which means that travelers will indeed get a nice discount. To those interested, all flights depart on a Thursday or Friday and return on a Sunday or Monday. Travel resulting from the auctioned tickets must be completed by October 6th.

[Via ABC]

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