TSA May Soon Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses from These Nine States

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 02/16/2017, 5:00 AM

Some airline passengers may be in for a rude awakening next January if they live in one of the nine states where driver’s licenses do not comply with the REAL ID Act, a federal mandate to establish minimum security standards for state-issued IDs. Starting in January 2018, non-compliant driver’s licenses from Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carol...

Fewer Human Beings Will Be Manning Security Lines At Airports Soon

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2016, 5:15 AM

So the question becomes: is that a good or a bad thing? Sure, it's fashionable, and even bi-partisan, to hate TSA Agents. They've been accused of everything from feeling up grandmothers to stealing Iphones to allowing weapons to float right by them and onto planes. Sometimes these complaints are fantasy, and sometimes they're dead on. But as someone who's noticed that we haven't been h...

Runway Fire at O'Hare Throws Debris Nearly Half a Mile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

Debris from a fiery runway accident at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week was thrown as far as nearly a half mile, investigators have revealed.   The incident took place seconds before American Airlines flight 383 was set to take off for Miami with 170 people aboard. As the Boeing 767 headed down a runway, the right-side engine experienced an "uncontained" failure, meaning in...

British Government OKs Heathrow Airport Expansion in London

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/27/2016, 4:00 AM

The British government has approved plans to build a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport—a controversial project that will, according to its opponents, greatly increase air and noise pollution and require the leveling of entire neighborhoods in a densely populated area on the west side of the city.  After years of discussion and delay, the administration of Prime Minister Theresa May d...

App Lets Anyone Sneak into Airport Lounges

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2016, 8:00 AM

Ever gazed longingly at the door of an airline business class lounge when you were only carrying a pathetic economy-class ticket? Polish computer security expert Przemek Jaroszewski has—and he hacked his way past the velvet ropes.   Jaroszewski, a frequent flier, figured out that most airport lounges don’t actually cross-reference passengers with actual bookings. They merely scan codes...

A Carry-On Bag You Can Ride Around the Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2016, 1:00 PM

Here's a novel way of getting around the airport: hitching a ride on your carry-on bag. A contraption called Modobag lets you do just that. Equipped with an electric motor, it's a suitcase you can sit on and ride at speeds of up to 8 miles per hour. It has a range of about 8 miles, a size and battery that you can take on planes, and a memory foam seat strong enough to support a rider weigh...

Turkey's Tourism Woes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:30 PM

The number of American travelers visiting Turkey dropped by more than 20% in the first five months of 2016 compared to last year, following terrorist attacks in Ankara last fall and Istanbul in January. And those figures don't even cover the period after the latest attack, which took place on June 28 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and killed more than 40 people. The country's hotels have reported...

Bill to Tighten Airport Security and Speed Up Lines Gets the Go-Ahead

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:00 PM

A bipartisan aviation bill designed to heighten airport security measures while shortening security lines was approved by the transportation committees in both houses of Congress on Wednesday. The bill would also require airlines to give you a refund for fees for checked bags when luggage is lost or delayed 12 hours or more on domestic flights or 15 hours or more on international flights. ...

US Airports Tighten Security After Istanbul Attack

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/01/2016, 12:15 PM

If you're passing through an airport this weekend, expect huge crowds and heightened security measures. The crowds are due to the July Fourth holiday, of course. The heightened security comes in response to suicide bombings by suspected Islamic State militants at Istanbul's main airport, where 41 people were killed and 239 injured. Airports have been reluctant to get specific about what th...

Discount Airline Coming to Newark

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 12:00 PM

Allegiant Air will soon begin offering flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport. That makes it the airport's first discount carrier since a government lawsuit charged United Airlines with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots there. Starting in November, you'll be able to fly on Allegiant between Newark and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Kn...

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