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Deadly Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 11:45 AM

Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul Ataturk Airport last night, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 230. According to Turkish officials, police shot at the attackers near the entrance to the international terminal, where they detonated their explosives. They did not make it through security. All flights were temporarity suspended at the airport—Istanbul's largest and busi...

Reports: The TSA Speeds Up Lines By Allowing Shoes, Fully Packed Bags

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/25/2016, 10:45 PM

For weeks, the news has been clogged with reports that airports were often seeing lines of as long as two hours for security clearance. According to independent reports on Twitter today, the Transportation Security Administration has resorted to speeding up lines by instructing passengers not to remove their shoes, the way they have been forced to do for 15 years. This comes the day after ...

U.S. Airports Suffer Security Delays—Are You to Blame for Rejecting TSA PreCheck?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2016, 2:30 PM

The TSA PreCheck program was supposed to make airport security inspections faster for many people. By paying $85 for five years and going through a background screening process (fingerprints, interview, and so on), passengers could earn the right to speed through a speedier TSA checkpoint lane, without having to remove coats, shoes, liquids, and laptops from bags. One problem: Not enough p...

Climate Change to Make Flights Longer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/19/2016, 1:15 AM

Environmental Research Letters, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the Earth's environment, recently came out with a study that predicts airlines are about to require more fuel on transatlantic journeys. It predicts that the increase in wind speeds brought about by changing temperatures—a climatological shift that's already in evidence—will require flights to take more time to ...

Everglades Airboats To Be Eliminated

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2015, 8:15 AM

For most of the twentieth century, airboats have been a staple of touring the Florida Everglades. New rules, though, are about the silence them once and for all. When the National Park Service acquired additional land for Everglades National Park in the late 1980s, the acquisition included some 110,000 acres where professional airboat pilots operated, many of them for tourists.  It has...

Miss a Connecting Flight? This Airport Will Pay

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/15/2015, 7:30 PM

Would you pay $42 if it meant you didn't have to worry about missing a connecting flight? Gatwick, London's second-busiest airport (out of the city's six), has launched a new product that does exactly that. For £27.50 per flight, passengers can buy this option as part of "GatwickConnects," which promises that if they miss a connecting flight there because of delay or cancellation, the airp...

Entrancing Video Follows Luggage After It's Checked

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2015, 8:00 PM

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport wants to show you that it has put a lot of cash into building the ultimate baggage delivery system. So it produced this astonishing video by attaching a camera to a piece of luggage and sending it through the airport's elaborate system of automated conveyor belts, slides, and sensors. This version is enough to put stars in your eyes, but the versio...

New Scanner Debuts: You May Fly with Fluids Soon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2014, 3:00 PM

A new machine being tested in 65 of Europe's 550 airports could mean you can bring full bottles of liquid on flights again in Europe as soon as January 2016. The Cobalt Light Insight100 machine points lasers at travelers' containers of liquid to determine the chemical properties of what's inside. Each unit costs $64,000 and requires officers to place the questionable vessels inside a ...

Airport and Airplane Etiquette: An Interview with "Mister Manners" Himself

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/03/2014, 5:15 PM

In the hopes of restoring some decorum to air travel I decided to interview “Mister Manners”, Thomas Farley. Farley is the author of “Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces” and helms the website Whatmannersmost.com. After an appropriately gracious greeting, I grilled him with the following questions. Pauline Frommer: Why are manners particularly important when w...

U.S. Government Is Pushing TSA PreCheck to New Passport Recipients, But Global Entry Would Be Smarter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/17/2013, 4:30 PM

Get a new passport these days, and it will arrive with a new bookmark urging you to sign up for TSA PreCheck. Volunteer some personal information about yourself beforehand, it says, and once you pass a background check, you may qualify to zip through airport security without removing your shoes, your 3-1-1 bag of items, your coat, or your laptop. The other side of the paper suggests another pr...

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