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JetBlue Testing Facial-Recognition Boarding in Boston

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Starting this month, it will be possible to use your face as a boarding pass at Logan International Airport in Boston. JetBlue Airways is testing a facial-recognition system on its Boston-Aruba route, making it the first airline to try out the futuristic technology—a sci-fi staple—in real life. Here's how it will work for passengers: Instead of checking in with a boarding pass, you...

New Virtual Gallery Lets You Explore Underwater Marvels from Dry Land

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2017, 4:00 AM

The underwater wonders just off America's coasts can't be seen firsthand—to state the obvious—except by divers and snorkelers. But a project launched this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gives you the next best thing, and you don't even have to wear a wetsuit. The Virtual Dive Gallery features beautiful, 360-degree images of five of the country's nat...

Ban on In-Flight Phone Calls Here to Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/14/2017, 4:00 AM

A proposal to relax the ban on in-flight phone calls has been dropped by the Federal Communications Commission, which since 2013 had been mulling over the idea of allowing more cell-phone chatter on planes.  In a statement, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called the abandoned plan—introduced by a previous occupant of his job—"ill-conceived" and said that "taking it off the table permanently will be ...

Three Important Recommendations for Smart Travel That Are Served By Three Smart Websites

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2017, 8:00 PM

Choosing an ethical destination, preparing your cellphone for cost-conscious travel, and improving your trips through yoga—Arthur Frommer shows you where to start your research....

WATCH: At Ancient Roman Site, Virtual Reality Transports Visitors Back in Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/21/2017, 5:00 AM

Virtual reality is often presented as a way of going to cool or made-up places without actually leaving the sofa, museum, or shopping mall kiosk where you don the VR headset. But in Rome, the technology is being used to enhance rather than replace visits to ancient sites, revealing how they looked in their long-ago heyday. At the Domus Aurea, an enormous cavern that was once a palace b...

JetBlue Now Offers Free Wi-Fi for All on Every Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2017, 5:00 AM

JetBlue has good news for passengers terrified of spending a single solitary second away from the internet: The carrier now offers free high-speed Wi-Fi at every seat on every flight within the contiguous United States.  Introduced in 2013, the airline's Fly-Fi network has finally been expanded to the entire fleet of aircraft. What's more, you don't have to wait until the plane reaches a c...

Computer Outage at Airport Customs Caused by Software Update, Not Hackers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2017, 5:00 AM

Holiday travelers returning to the United States from international locations on Monday were greeted with enormous lines and long waits at airports, thanks to a four-hour computer outage affecting U.S. Customs and Border Protection.   On the bright side, hackers were not involved. Instead, agency officials say that a software update initiated on December 28 caused the trouble, which lasted...

New Mobile App Helps You Find Workspace Anywhere in the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

Generally, we recommend using travel as a chance to unplug from the workaday world. But when something important comes up and that becomes simply unfeasible, there's a handy new mobile app that'll help you get work done no matter where you are in the world.  Launched in October, Workfrom recommends crowd-sourced public and private workspaces based on the reviews of other users. All you hav...

In the Works: Robot Airplane Pilots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

We all know that self-driving cars are well on their way to moving into the mainstream. Now there's an equivalent in aviation.  The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, otherwise known as ALIAS, is a program being developed by the government and a private contractor to replace airplane pilots with robots.  At the moment, ALIAS requires a human copilot in the cockpit to punch in ...

New Communication System for Pilots and Air-Traffic Controllers Will Make Flights Faster and Safer, FAA Says

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/20/2016, 4:00 AM

Federal Aviation Administration officials say that a new communication system used by pilots and air-traffic controllers is helping flights move with more speed and safety.  The system, called DataComm, sends text messages and computer file transfers about flight routes, traffic, and weather directly to the cockpit, replacing back-and-forth radio conversations between pilots and controller...

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