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Feds Announce Airplane Ban For All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones

The Department of Transportation, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), have officially issued an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from air transportation in the U.S., deeming the devices “forbidden hazardous material.” [More]

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Amazon Showing Off Its First Branded Freight Plane

It’s not enough for Amazon to sell folks anything from tablets to kitty litter, streaming video to bendy straws — it wants to be in control of its own shipping, too. To show off what the latest step in that plan looks like, Amazon is unveiling its first freight plane, emblazoned with the company logo on the side so no one can mistake who’s in charge. [More]

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Man Gets Entire Plane To Himself After Fellow Travelers Catch Other Flights

It’s not every day that the average traveler has an entire row of seats to take over, much less an entire plane. But one Delta passenger flying home this week got to experience the sweet sensation of being the only person on his flight when his fellow travelers opted to take other flights. [More]

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American Airlines Flight Turns Around After Bird Strike Leaves 2-Foot Dent In Plane

A bird might be small compared to a jetliner, but get a whole bunch of them together and they can do some pretty serious damage. Passengers on an American Airlines flight out of Seattle found that out yesterday, when the plane was forced to turn around after a bird strike left a two-foot dent in the nose of the aircraft. [More]

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FedEx Employee Falls Asleep Loading Plane In Tennessee, Ends Up In Texas

Falling asleep on the job is a big no-no. It can end with a reprimand — or worse, a firing — but for one FedEx employee, an on-the-job catnap earned him a flight to Texas. [More]

Airplane Seat Maker Files Patent For First Class Airbags

Airplane Seat Maker Files Patent For First Class Airbags

Travelers willing to shell out the big bucks for seats in the business class cabin typically get a few extra perks: dinner, free drinks, more legroom, and the first crack at boarding. But should they get an airbag when their fellow passengers don’t? That appears to be the idea behind a recently filed patent.  [More]

Plane’s Emergency Slide Falls 2,800 Feet, Lands Outside Arizona House

Plane’s Emergency Slide Falls 2,800 Feet, Lands Outside Arizona House

Remember last year when an airplane door panel fell from the sky, landing on a North Carolina golf course? While that was certainly an unusual and scary situation, an Arizona woman can now top it: an airplane emergency slide dropped from the heavens and landed outside her house.  [More]

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FBI: American Airlines Flight Attendant Deliberately Set, Put Out Fire In Plane’s Bathroom

Federal law enforcement officers have arrested an American Airlines flight attendant accusing him of deliberately starting a fire in the plane’s lavatory, and then extinguishing it himself in a supposedly heroic action.  [More]

JetBlue Cutting Legroom, Revamping Entertainment System By Adding Larger Seatback TVs

JetBlue Cutting Legroom, Revamping Entertainment System By Adding Larger Seatback TVs

Following through on a nearly two-year old plan, JetBlue announced Monday that it will try to capitalize on the space inside some of its planes by stuffing more seats into the cabin, which in turn means less legroom for travelers.  [More]

Your Hoverboard Is No Longer Welcome On 3 More Airlines

Your Hoverboard Is No Longer Welcome On 3 More Airlines

Hoverboards: they’re self-balancing scooters that are currently a hot toy in the sense that they’re very popular, and a hot toy in the sense that they keep bursting into much-publicized flames, sometimes while in use. Airlines all over the world have asked customers to kindly leave their hoverboards on the ground. [More]

Lawmaker Questions Airlines, Plane Manufacturers On Cybersecurity Measures

Lawmaker Questions Airlines, Plane Manufacturers On Cybersecurity Measures

Eight months after a government report found that airplanes with WiFi connections may be vulnerable to cyber attacks and seven months after a hacker claimed to have commandeered a United Airlines flight via the plane’s in-flight entertainment system, one lawmaker wants to know just what airlines are doing to protect their computer systems — and passengers.  [More]

Feds Investigating After 20 Laser Strikes Aimed At Aircraft Reported Across The U.S. In One Night

Feds Investigating After 20 Laser Strikes Aimed At Aircraft Reported Across The U.S. In One Night

Federal investigators have been kept busy this year investigating laser strikes at the nation’s airports, but in just one night, their workload jumped by quite a bit: more than 20 laser incidents were reported overnight between Wednesday at Thursday, at airports across the country.

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Southwest Airlines Plane Grounded After Pilots Report Suspicious Object

Southwest Airlines Plane Grounded After Pilots Report Suspicious Object

Anyone who has traveled through an airport in the last decade will recognize the common loudspeaker announcement to be on the lookout for and to report any unattended, suspicious baggage or activity. It was one such item that caused Southwest Airlines to ground a flight and move passengers to another plane on Thursday night.
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Bees Swarm American Airlines Plane, Delaying Flight

Back in June, we learned that a small wasp’s nest had the power to divert a plane full of passengers. Today, we discovered that a swarm of bees outside the aircraft has the ability to delay a flight.  [More]

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Chicago Residents Want City To Buy Their Homes, Claiming Living Near O’Hare Airport Is A Noisy Nightmare

A group of residents living near O’Hare International Airport are suing the city of Chicago, seeking to make the city buy their homes. They claim their houses have become unlivable after a spike in jet noise from O’Hare, after a new runway opened two years ago.

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Awesome Or Terrifying?: “Highway To The Danger Zone” Playing On The Plane PA During Takeoff

For some folks, taking off in an airplane can be a bit scary. After all, you’re in a metal tube hurtling along the ground that somehow launches itself into the air like a huge, manmade bird. That same experience can be a rush for other travelers, who some may envy for their ability to enjoy facing their mortality with a blast of turbojets. Either way, your emotions may be heightened if the plane’s crew plays the theme to Top Gun over the PA system during takeoff.

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Proposed Hypersonic Plane From Airbus: Paris To Tokyo In 3 Hours (Instead Of 12)

Because we can not yet bend time and space to our will, time is valuable. Which is why travelers might like to save that important resource and spend much less time on the plane than they do now. Airbus may make that a reality with its idea for a hypersonic plane.

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(Brad Clinesmith)

Police: “Serial Stowaway” Known For Trying To Sneak Onto Planes Arrested At Two Chicago Airports

A woman who’s been caught multiple times — with varying instances of success — trying to sneak aboard planes without a ticket has been arrested at two Chicago airports within a month trying to pull her signature stowaway move, police say.

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