Even Business Travelers Don’t Want Anyone Yakking Away On The Phone In Mid-Air

Even Business Travelers Don’t Want Anyone Yakking Away On The Phone In Mid-Air

Who do you think of when you imagine the chatty kind of person who might want to make phone calls in the middle of a crowded airplane, mid-flight? While your mental picture might land on a businessperson in a suit yelling something about mergers and Hong Kong markets and getting that deal done before they close, a trade group representing business travelers has come out against the idea. [More]

Old Man Winter’s Latest Storm Effort Has Canceled 4,500 Flights… So Far

Old Man Winter’s Latest Storm Effort Has Canceled 4,500 Flights… So Far

Yes, winter happens ever year. But goshdarnit if people aren’t completely fed up with Old Man Winter’s blustery temper this season, which has already seen thousands of flights canceled. Including those canceled over the weekend in preparation for this latest bit of blizzarding, at least 4,500 flights have been ditched and thousands others delayed. [More]

The DOT Wants To Know: Should Cell Phone Calls Be Allowed On Planes?

The DOT Wants To Know: Should Cell Phone Calls Be Allowed On Planes?

Back in December when the Federal Communications Commission announced it would start investigating whether or not it’s a good idea to lift the ban on cell phone calls on planes — from a technological point of view — the Department of Transportation was all, “Hold on, we’re going to look into this too.” The DOT is now turning to the public to hear your thoughts. [More]

Bill To Ban In-Flight Wireless Voice Calls Moves Forward

Bill To Ban In-Flight Wireless Voice Calls Moves Forward

The battle for a maintaining relative amount peace and quiet on commercial airlines moved on to the next stage this afternoon after a Congressional committee voted to advance a piece of legislation that would ban the in-flight use of the “phone” part of your cellphones. [More]

TSA Temporarily Bans All Liquids, Gels In Carry-On Bags On Flights To And From Russia

TSA Temporarily Bans All Liquids, Gels In Carry-On Bags On Flights To And From Russia

Those little plastic bags can’t save you now, folks. At least not if you’re going to Russia from the U.S. or flying here from Russia: After warning earlier this week that toothpaste tubes would get an extra long look, the Transportation Security Administration has placed a temporary ban on all liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on bags on any flights involving Russia. [More]

Feds Warn Airlines Heading To The Olympics Of Potential Bomb Threat From Toothpaste Tubes

Feds Warn Airlines Heading To The Olympics Of Potential Bomb Threat From Toothpaste Tubes

Travelers should be used to not hauling ginormous quantities of liquids/gels/aerosols in their carry-ons on airplanes by now, but you might find your tube of toothpaste under extra scrutiny if you’re heading to Russia for the Olympics. Federal officials have issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines to be on the lookout for toothpaste, whose containers could hold ingredients used to make a bomb on a plane. [More]

Here’s How A Guy Used A Single First-Class Ticket To Eat Free For A Year Without Ever Flying

Here’s How A Guy Used A Single First-Class Ticket To Eat Free For A Year Without Ever Flying

In one of the most literal expressions of the phrase “meal ticket” that you’ll probably ever hear, a man in China was able to parlay his single first-class ticket on Eastern China Airlines into a full year of free meals. [More]

Imagine all these people talking on phones. (frankieleon)

Goodness Gracious — Please Tell Us The FCC Isn’t Going To Allow Cellphone Calls On Planes

It hasn’t even been a month since the Federal Aviation Administration said it would finally let airline passengers use devices like tablets and phones from gate to gate, but now another federal agency is considering letting loose the hounds of Hades: The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing travelers to make phone calls in midair. [More]

Gogo To Roll Out Inflight Texting & Phone Service Because Heaven Forbid You Unplug For More Than A Couple Minutes

Gogo To Roll Out Inflight Texting & Phone Service Because Heaven Forbid You Unplug For More Than A Couple Minutes

Gogo, which provides WiFi Internet access for a number of airlines, announced today that it will be introducing a service that allows customers to use their smartphones for texting and talking while traveling on an airplane. [More]

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Pilot Lands Airplane On Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Because He Had To Land Somewhere

There are plenty of things on the earth that could handle a plane — fields, waterways, anywhere without people — roads being a pretty close choice after an actual runway. It just so happens that one of Chicago’s busiest byways turned into a runway early Sunday morning when a pilot had to make use of Lakeshore Drive in an emergency landing situation. [More]

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Should Airlines Do Away With Reclining Seats Once & For All?

There it is, right in front of your face. Sure, it looks innocent enough but any second its controller could decide to hit the lever and WHOMP! the seat in front of you thwacks into reclining position, punishing your knees, spilling your club soda and eliciting a grumpy huff from your lips. What choice do you have but to follow suit and recline your seat as well?  [More]

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Boeing Using Potatoes As Stand-Ins For Human Passengers To Test Wi-Fi Signals

Potato, potato. Either way you say it (or slice it, then fry it up real nice), Boeing is using sacks of the starchy stuff to test airplane Wi-Fi signals. Apparently the human body and sacks of potatoes have enough in common that the company can figure out how signals will bounce around onboard using the food as stand-ins. [More]

FAA: Sorry That Holes In Your Roof Are Maybe From Frozen Waste Falling From The Sky

FAA: Sorry That Holes In Your Roof Are Maybe From Frozen Waste Falling From The Sky

Blue ice or frozen airplane waste? Potato, pot-ah-to but for two homeowners on Long Island, it all boils down to the same result — gaping holes in the roof. The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to figure out how the homes got damaged and whether or not homeowners are correct in thinking that something super gross fell from a plane passing overhead. [More]

I Want To Reunite Lost Kindle And Its Owner, But Amazon Won’t Help

I Want To Reunite Lost Kindle And Its Owner, But Amazon Won’t Help

Matt is trying to do a nice thing. The previous occupant of his seat on a plane left a Kindle behind in the seatback pocket. He took it with him, planning to reunite the device with its owner. But that person has a very common name, and Amazon has no interest in being a go-between to help reunite lost Kindles with their owners. [More]

All United, Continental Flights Will Have WiFi By 2015

All United, Continental Flights Will Have WiFi By 2015

WiFi access in airplanes is becoming more and more common, and the United-Continental monolith is out to make the feature ubiquitous in its aircraft fleet within the next three years. The airlines, which are owned by United Continental Holdings, are pumping up 300 more planes with WiFi in the middle of 2012, thanks to a partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation. [More]

Study: Airplane Contrails Cause More Climate Change Than Carbon Emissions

Study: Airplane Contrails Cause More Climate Change Than Carbon Emissions

A new study contends airplanes leave behind water vapor skywriting that yields frightening messages about the effects flights have on the environment. [More]

You Really Should Be Turning Off Portable Electronic Devices On Planes

You Really Should Be Turning Off Portable Electronic Devices On Planes

Yes! Vindication! You were totally right to give that snooty guy sitting next to you the stinkeye when he refused to turn off his Kindle before takeoff, because you know, for some reason, he thinks the rules don’t apply to him. Anyway: A new study cites 75 instances since 2003 where portable electronic devices may have interfered with airplane communication, navigation or surveillance systems. [More]

Body Found Outside Boston May Have Fallen From Plane

Body Found Outside Boston May Have Fallen From Plane

Reuters says police are investigating the possibility that the body of a 16-year-old North Carolina high school student fell from a plane approaching Logan Airport. So far, they have been unable to explain why the boy, who ran away from home, would have been found dead in Milton, MA. [More]