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  • Enough with the fake service dogs and 'emotional support' pigs

    01/17/2015 5:57:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 jan 2015
    Frequent fliers offer up a silent prayer each time they board a plane: Please, God, don't let me be seated next to a gregarious blowhard or a crying baby. Soon enough, they might want to add, or a pig. In November, a woman and her "emotional support pig" were thrown off a USAirways flight after the 70-pound ham became disruptive — relieving itself in the aisle and grunting while the woman tried to stow her carry-on. That was a first for most passengers, we suspect. But it's not unusual any more to find all sorts of emotional support livestock in...
  • Virgin Atlantic VS43 emergency: Live updates as passenger plane circles Gatwick

    12/29/2014 7:27:25 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | Decemeber 29 | Sam Rkaina
    Multiple eye witnesses have claimed the problem is with the landing gear not working properly on one side. Virgin has confirmed in the last few minutes the plane is to make a 'non standard' landin
  • Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?

    12/24/2014 12:33:18 PM PST · by wastedyears · 12 replies ^ | 12-24-2014 | Dinah Eng
    Why does this pilot award passengers a bottle of wine after a long flight?
  • Viewers Report Getting Goosebumps After Seeing Five Commercial Jets Execute ‘Very Unusual’ Ma

    12/23/2014 5:53:46 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 12/22/2014 | Oliver Darcy
    A promotional video created by Airbus showcases five of their newest commercial jets take to the skies to execute a stunning formation flight — and video of the “very unusual” event has taken the Internet by storm.
  • Insects were the first creatures to fly: study

    11/09/2014 4:52:04 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    Uncover California ^ | November 09, 2014 | Andrea Cordell
    An evolutionary insect family tree created by a team of 100 researchers revealed that insects were the first creatures to fly around 400 million years ago. The comprehensive insect family tree covering insects from all around the globe was created as part of a project called 1K Insect Transcriptome Evolution (1KITE). According to researchers involved in the 1KITE project, insects came into existence around 500 million years ago, around the same time when plants started to emerge on Earth's surface. And, it was roughly 406 million years ago, in the early part of Devonian era, when insects got wings and...
  • Air France unions seek to stop flights to Guinea

    10/18/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    the Local (France) ^ | 18 Oct 2014 10:32 GMT+02:00
    Air France flight attendant unions on Friday called for a halt to services to the Guinean capital Conakry due to concerns about a "serious risk" of spreading Ebola. The daily Air France Paris-Conakry flight "carries a serious risk of spreading the epidemic, particularly in our country," read a statement from the two unions of flight crew and commercial staff. They called for a closure of the route until the epidemic is under control. They also slammed what they called totally inappropriate protection from Air France -- which provided them with "a simple pair of gloves" -- and called for more...

    09/04/2014 3:18:11 PM PDT · by SgtBob · 32 replies
    SgtBob | Sept 4, 2014 | Rob Sermon
  • GCI Celebrates 3G Data Service in Bethel with 6,000 Cheeseburgers

    06/17/2014 8:04:59 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 19 replies
    AK (Alaska Public Media) ^ | June 17, 2014 - 5:15 pm | Ben Matheson
    GCI celebrated the launch of 3G data service in Bethel by flying in 6,000 McDonald’s cheeseburgers. The Friday lunchtime crowd stretched out and around the parking lot of the Long House Hotel. Standing over 100 people in line for burgers, GCI’s Vice President for Wireless Services, Dan Boyette, says crews are continuing to tweak the network, but it appears to be functioning as intended. “All of those things that people really had trouble doing before like browsing the internet or sending pictures..that sort of thing will work fine now with the 3G speed, while it’s tough with the 2G or...
  • Math app can help fight jet lag

    04/12/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-11 | Lana Bandoim
    If you and me were running from a bear, I would stop and change my shoes Asked why, I say I don’t have to run faster than the bear, only faster than you. This is the issue for Handel: can she beat the triumvirate and make it to the runoff against Perdue? The three sitting Congressmen have very similar voting records: National Taxpayers Union ratings grouped between 80% and 85%, and Heritage Alliance scores of 93% to 94%, they are grouped better than an expert marksman’s bullseye. They also have war chests, and a sitting Congressman’s built-in advantage in access...
  • Missing MH370: Kelantan duo report seeing lights 'falling' at high speed

    03/10/2014 10:19:25 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    The Star Online ^ | 11MAR2014 | Staff writer
    KOTA BARU: The authorities here have their hands full after receiving at least two reports from the public that they saw an aircraft flying low on the same day Malaysian Airlines MH370 vanished. In his report, the owner of a fishing boat claimed that he saw an airplane flying low while he was at sea with a friend about 14.4km from Kuala Besar in Pantai Cahaya Bulan here at 1.30am on Saturday. Azid Ibrahim, 66, said the aircraft was heading towards international waters. According to him, the plane was flying so low that he could see the lights “as big...
  • Cyber terrorism is 'biggest threat to aircraft'

    12/28/2013 9:38:48 AM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 27, 2013 | Nick Collins
    The threat of cyber terrorism poses a major risk to aircrafts' systems every time they enter an airport, a senior Boeing executive has said. Boeing was the focus of a cyber security scare in 2008 when an analyst claimed the firm’s flagship 787 Dreamliner passenger jet had a serious weakness in its on-board computer networks which could allow passengers to take control of the aircraft. A report by US authorities found that a network in the cabin designed to give passengers Internet access could be used to access the aircraft’s control, navigation and communication systems. Boeing claimed the problem had...
  • flying commercial with a firearm in checked baggage- question

    11/28/2013 8:16:27 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    me ^ | 11-26-13 | TZ
    it's been years since I've flown with a firearm. I've read the TSA and Delta's website. Still looking for tips/suggestions.
  • 2013: Can Buy Ticket to Space, Watch Phone Callers on a Big Screen Like Star Trek- Now Flying Cars!

    11/21/2013 5:55:28 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    First deliveries of the Massachusetts-produced Terrafugia TF-X -a hybrid-powerd car/plane that can not just fly but do vertical takeoffs like an V-22 Osprey- begin in 2020...  pics/video at Reaganite Republican Unlike earlier, more awkward/gangly prototypes (and a model available in 2015 called the 'Transition' -a gasoline powered car-plane that requires a runway) the newer Terrafugia TF-X brings a more polished, handsome design that does a good job of tucking-in the wings for terrestrial travel mode. It's the first car-plane design I've ever seen that looks resolved and not 'silly' on the road, and it's new vertical takeoff -without any runway whatsoever- is a...
  • The "Affordable Aircraft Act" coming soon!

    11/08/2013 6:36:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies ^ | Nov 7, 2013
    The "Affordable Aircraft Act" coming soon! The Affordable Aircraft Act, a new program under development which if enacted will allow every American to own a new approved (and in many cases cost subsidized) airplane. nickname: "Obamaplane". The U.S. government is contemplating new legislation called "The Affordable Aircraft Act" which declares that every citizen MUST purchase a new aircraft, by April 2016. These "affordable" aircraft will cost an average of $154,000 - $355,000 each. This does not include taxes, hangar fees, licensing and registration fees, nor ongoing costs of fuel, docking, hangar and storage fees, maintenance or repair costs or pilot...
  • The Effects of Space Weather on Aviation

    10/26/2013 6:59:16 PM PDT · by oxcart · 27 replies ^ | 10/25/13 | Dr. Tony Phillips
    The next time you step onto an airplane, consider the following: In any given year, the pilot of your aircraft probably absorbs as much radiation as a worker in a nuclear power plant. And you are about to follow him wherever he goes. The FAA classifies pilots as "occupational radiation workers." Flying high above Earth with little atmosphere to protect them, they can absorb significant doses of cosmic rays and solar radiation. During a typical polar flight from Chicago to Beijing, for instance, a pilot is exposed to the equivalent of two chest x-rays. Multiplied over the course of...
  • Spirit Airlines delays flights in Florida to check aircraft [Media attacks biz, BO gets pass]

    10/24/2013 5:37:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Naples News ^ | 10/24/13
    Spirit Airlines says it delayed several flights at Fort Lauderdale International Airport following engine failure on an aircraft. Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said Thursday the Miramar-based airline is completing "a proactive and voluntary check" on aircraft as a precautionary measure following the engine failure on a flight last week. The work should be finished Thursday morning. Pinson says it takes about 45 minutes to check each aircraft but some flights are "experiencing significant delays."
  • Politics: Yay! Government's back! Air marshal charged with taking photos up women's skirts

    10/18/2013 5:53:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    cain tv ^ | Dan Calabrese
    Up, up and away! I just want you to feel better. It was so traumatic for you when the government was shut down and you were denied all the wondrous services, benefits, protection and support from the many dedicated servants who wake up each day thinking, "How can I take the tax dollars of the American citizenry and use it to enrich their lives? Oh, the privilege of serving the American people!" Just kidding. Women, you might want to wear pants when you fly: A federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cell phone photographs underneath women’s...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Laser horror as attempts to blind pilots puts UK passengers at risk

    09/28/2013 7:45:21 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies ^ | Teds Jeory
    THOUSANDS of planes coming in to land at Britain’s busiest airports are being endangered by a wave of potentially deadly laser attacks from the ground. Police helicopters chasing criminals over densely populated areas are also regularly hit. In most cases the beams are being shone by mindless youths, but pilots and security experts worry terrorists could also use them.
  • Most dangerous airport Top 16

    07/07/2013 8:45:19 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 21 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 07/08/2013 | Mengjie
    Most dangerous airport Top 16
  • FBI locks down Pilot Flying J HQs

    04/15/2013 1:28:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Knox News ^ | 4/15/13 | Carly Harrington
    KNOXVILLE — The FBI has Pilot Flying J headquarters on lockdown Monday afternoon. Neither the FBI nor a Pilot spokesman was immediately available for comment. Media were barred from the Pilot campus, and the entrance was blocked. Pilot employees were being escorted off the corporate campus on Lonas Road. Knoxville-based Pilot is the operator of the largest travel center network in North America.
  • Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The welterweight champion

    04/10/2013 5:54:31 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 10 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | April 10, 2013 | John Pierce
    -- IMAGE HERE -- Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has beaten many opponents on his way to becoming the WBC Welterweight Champion. He has also beaten back leukemia and is known far and wide for his squeaky-clean lifestyle. In short, Guerrero is a champion in every meaning of the term. He is truly an American hero and role model. But once again, we see the gun control trap set by Democrats snap shut on an innocent, law-abiding citizen. Guerrero is now facing a felony charge that could put him away for 15 years. Just like Beth Ferrizzi from yesterday’s edition of...
  • As VP, Biden Has Been Flying To Delaware on the Weekends

    03/24/2013 9:45:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 3/23/13 | Keith Koffler
    Vice President Biden has been flying home to Wilmington, Delaware most weekends at enormous expense to taxpayers, even though he has an exclusive government-provided residence in Washington. Biden himself acknowledged the flights during recent remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General, noting that the sequester would force him to temporarily alter his expensive habit and use the train instead. According to reports, Biden generally uses Air Force Two to get to Wilmington. The cost of flying Air Force Two, a military version of the Boeing 757-200, amounts to about $8,800 per hour, according to the most recent federal data.
  • Man accused of slapping boy on flight jobless

    02/18/2013 4:48:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/18/13 | Ric Ward and Michael Martinez
    An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job. Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his job. "Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it...
  • 17 things your flight attendant won’t tell you

    01/07/2013 3:08:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 51 replies ^ | 1-2-2013 | George Hobica
    Ever wonder what your flight attendant really thinks of you? What they’d tell you if they had the nerve? Or weren’t afraid of being fired? What deep, dark secrets would they reveal about their jobs? I have a number of friends who work as flight attendants. One of them recently retired after 20 years flying for the most storied name in commercial aviation, while others work for less glamorous domestic U.S. airlines. I asked them what they’d tell their passengers if they could tell them anything at all, or what secrets they’d reveal only if granted complete anonymity. All I...
  • Marco Rubio Launches Twitter Rant Against American Airlines

    09/22/2012 5:48:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/22/12 | Arlette Saenz
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., launched a Twitter tirade against American Airlines Friday night after experiencing delay problems involving a flight to D.C... @marcorubio: Trying to get to DC for early morning votes tonight but let's just say this has not been the best week in American Airlines history. A sample of more of Rubio's tweets: @marcorubio: Delaying flight for "maintenance" to squeeze connectors from other flight, oldest trick in book.Feel bad for crew.#cmonman #AmericanAirlines
  • Needles found in sandwiches on 4 Delta flights

    07/16/2012 10:12:19 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 16, 2012 | JOSHUA FREED
    Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured. The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.
  • Passengers furious after 10-hour delay of Spirit flight [Obama regs forbid pilots to keep working]

    07/09/2012 4:52:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies ^ | 7/8/12
    Passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight are upset after an emergency landing left them stranded in Houston for at least 10 hours on Sunday....
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • Flying car a 'step closer': Terrafugia (Update)

    04/03/2012 11:29:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 04-03-2012 | by Andrew Beatty
    Drivers hoping to slip the surly -- and traffic congested -- bonds of Earth moved a step closer to realizing their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane. Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype "Transition" car-plane had completed an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year. "With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream," said founder Carl Dietrich. The two-seater craft, which has the rounded features of a Fiat 500 and collapsible wings, is on presale...
  • Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies

    04/03/2012 11:22:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | 04-03-2012 | Staff
    Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday. The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres (315 miles) at an altitude of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres). When it lands, it tucks away its rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres. "In future, you will be...
  • US admits flying drones out of Ethiopia (aircraft were unarmed and not carrying out raids)

    10/28/2011 9:18:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/28/11 | AFP
    The United States acknowledged Friday it was flying drones out of Ethiopia under a counter-terrorism campaign in the Horn of Africa but said the aircraft were unarmed and not carrying out raids. "The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated campaign to counter terrorism," Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby told AFP. "These unmanned aircraft are being used only for surveillance and not conducting strike missions." The Pentagon, the White House and the State Department confirmed the drone flights out of the airfield in Arba...
  • Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee

    10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Liz Goodwin
    The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer." The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds...
  • Private planes, private no more

    08/25/2011 1:04:07 PM PDT · by US_MilitaryRules · 130 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8-24-2011 | Steve Chapman
    "Both general aviation and commercial aircraft use the public airspace and air traffic control facilities, and the public has a right to information about their activities." Oh, please. We all use public streets and sidewalks, which doesn't mean the police have a right to monitor our movements and let the world know where we go.
  • 75-year-old pilot explains encounter with F-16s

    08/05/2011 3:31:01 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, August 5, 2011 5:43 PM EDT | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO (AP) — Myrtle Rose was taking a short flight over suburban Chicago when the 75-year-old aviation enthusiast looked out her cockpit window to see two F-16 fighter jets. She assumed the military pilots were just slowing down to get a closer look at her antique plane. It wasn't until she landed her 1941 Piper J-3 Cub that friends and the police told her the attention was much more serious — for straying into restricted airspace during a visit by President Barack Obama. Rose . . . normally uses her computer to check for airspace restrictions, but it wasn't working...
  • The Clinton strategy returns? Bandera County Sheriff's Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning

    06/10/2011 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Trod Upon · 10 replies
    KSAT 12 News ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Tim Gerber
    Bandera County Sheriff's Office Issues Domestic Terrorism Warning Law Enforcement Agency Concerned Radical Anti-Government Groups May Be Moving Into Area Tim Gerber, KSAT 12 News Reporter POSTED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 BANDERA, Texas -- The Bandera County Sheriff's Office issued a warning Thursday to citizens about an anti-government movement known for acts of domestic terrorism. The law enforcement agency said followers of The Sovereign Citizens Movement have been known to carry out violent acts, including killing law enforcement officers and other public servants. The sheriff's office told KSAT-12 News the warning was prompted by the recent shooting death of Bexar...
  • Close to 200 International Learn to Fly Day Events Planned

    05/19/2011 10:37:41 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 4 replies
    EAA News ^ | May 19, 2011 | unattributed
    Close to 200 International Learn to Fly Day Events Planned Take someone flying this weekend! Sporty's Fly-In Between 300 and 400 aircraft and an estimated 2,000 people attended Sporty’s Fly-In and International Learn to Fly Day last year. May 19, 2011 — This Saturday, May 21, nearly 200 events will turn dreams of flight into reality for tens of thousands of people during the second annual International Learn to Fly Day, an aviation community-wide effort helping people of all ages take that first step to discover the fun and freedom of flight. Events are being held throughout the United States,...
  • German electric airplane completes first flight

    03/29/2011 10:17:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies ^ | 25 Mar 2011 | Alton Marsh
    Electric airplanes are getting more numerous, with the latest making its initial flight in Augsburg, Germany. The Elektra One, developed by Calin Gologan of PC-Aero, was flown by test pilot Jon Karkow. Since that flight, the aircraft has completed an additional three flights for up to 30 minutes. It will next be upgraded with a variable pitch prop and retractable landing gear. Karkow was the project leader and test pilot for the around-the-world Virgin Global Flyer, and more recently served as technical program manager for the Virgin Galactic commercial space program at Scaled Composites in California. The single-seat Elektra One...
  • FAA authorizes use of Jeppesen app on iPad to replace paper aeronautical charts

    02/16/2011 4:12:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    Jeppesen today announced that Executive Jet Management has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the Jeppesen Mobile TC App for iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts. The authorization allows Executive Jet Management to use iPad and the Jeppesen Mobile TC App as the sole reference for electronic charts, even during taxi, takeoff and landing. Executive Jet Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetJets Inc., is a leading provider of worldwide jet charter and aircraft management services.This announcement is a result of a three-month extensive in-flight evaluation managed by Executive Jet Management and Jeppesen with...
  • 'Flying Wild Alaska' hits the airwaves

    01/06/2011 6:34:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    Alaska ^ | Dec 29, 2010 | Van Williams
    'Flying Wild Alaska' hits the airwaves Van Williams | Arctic Sounder | Dec 29, 2010 For years, the Tweto family of Unalakleet took Alaskans to the air as owners of Era Aviation. Now, their story is hitting the TV airwaves, thanks to the Discovery Channel. Meet the unconventional family that rules Alaska's most dangerous skies in a new 10-part reality series, 'Flying Wild Alaska,' which premieres Friday, Jan. 14. Watch how their airline is a lifeline to the Bush by delivering key goods that otherwise wouldn't arrive. Where the road ends, the Tweto family's adventure begins. And it's all caught...
  • New Expert Panel To Pick Experts For Expert Panels: Lessons From The TSA

    11/20/2010 6:15:03 AM PST · by mattstat · 3 replies
    When TSA chief John "Grab, Grip, & Grope" Pistole was asked how he was able to calculate that massaging people's pertinents made air travel immune from terrorist attack, how, that is, he was able to muster the insight necessary to discern that at least three, and not less than three, fingers must trace the contours of each man's two balls and a strike and each woman's home run before he or she was safe to fly, he replied that he relied on "Experts." This answer was accepted. But nobody thought to ask who these experts were or how they gained...
  • TSA employees can vote on union representation, labor board rules

    11/15/2010 4:23:55 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 21 replies
    WAPO ^ | 11/15/10 | Joe Davidson
    In a significant victory for federal employee unions, the Federal Labor Relations Authority decided Friday that Transportation Security Administration staffers will be allowed to vote on union representation. The decision clears the way for a campaign by the government's two largest labor organizations, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, to represent some 50,000 transportation security officers.
  • Flyers urged to ‘bite the bullet’

    11/16/2010 7:22:33 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 76 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 16 November 2010 | Jessica Heslam, Richard Weir and Joe Dwinell
    Instead of boycotting the airlines, holiday travelers should suck it up and stop whining about X-rated body scans and groping pat-downs, according to terrorism experts and passengers at Logan International Airport who say deep frisk searches are just a fact of flying life during the war on terror. “You just have to bite the bullet,” said Andrew Thomas, a University of Akron professor and an airline security expert. “The bad guys are just watching this unfold.”
  • CAIR Tells Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs to Allow ONLY "Head and Neck" Pat Downs

    11/12/2010 11:02:41 AM PST · by NorwegianViking · 73 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | Nov. 12, 2010 | Penny Star
    CAIR said Muslims who object to full-body scans for religious reasons should know their rights if they are required to undergo a pat-down, including asking for the procedure to be done in a private place. In addition, CAIR offered a “special recommendation” for Muslim women who wear a hijab, telling them they should tell the TSA officer that they may be searched only around the head and neck.
  • Martin Aircraft’s commercial jetpack looks to take flight

    It is about time man flew among the birds – alone. We may not have the homes on the moon, or the flying cars that our totally reasonable childhood imaginations ensured us would be waiting for us when we grew up, but with a little luck and a lot of money, we might soon be able to scratch “jetpack” off of our bucket lists. Imagine one day soon, you kiss the spouse good bye, walk the kids off to the school bus, then you prepare for the commute to work. But rather than sitting in traffic and squeezing your steering...
  • See-through planes of Airbus on anvil (Transparent fuselage)

    09/21/2010 3:08:30 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 26 replies · 2+ views
    International Business Times ^ | September 20, 2010 6:57 AM EDT | By IB Times Staff Reporter
    See-through planes of Airbus on anvil European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has come up with the idea to build a passenger flight with a completely transparent fuselage. The central body of the aircraft will allow passengers to the see the stars above and city lights below The planes of the future will offer an unparalleled, unobstructed view of the wonders of the five continents – where you will be able see the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower through the transparent floor of the aircraft,” Airbus said while unveiling the concept “The Future By Airbus” earlier this year. The company talks of...
  • Lying For A Living: Tiny Airline Seats

    09/15/2010 4:18:04 AM PDT · by mattstat · 28 replies
    Cowboys on airplanes No doubt channeling Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood, the Italian design firm Aviointeriors Group has created a new airline seat dubbed the “saddle.” Ride them skies! What makes this seat interesting is that an airline can fit more of them into a plane than they can ordinary seats. Even on budget flights, the average legroom is about 30 inches. But the saddle seat allows only 23. I just measured from the backside of my sculpted self to my knee and it’s just under 26 inches. It’s true that I am a taller specimen than most, but I’m...
  • VIDEO: Flight Fight

    09/02/2010 9:02:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/2/2010 | Mackinac Center for Public Policy
    A Michigan pilot says while presidential flight restrictions are nothing new, they have recently expanded. And while intended to thwart security breaches, the restrictions instead thwart his ability to make a living.
  • Woman Kicked Off Flight After Accusing Pilot of Drinking

    08/04/2010 8:49:31 AM PDT · by Atlas Sneezed · 120 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 8-3-10 | TARA WALLIS-FINESTONE
    A Toluca Lake woman was recently kicked off a Delta Airlines flight after reporting that she thought she had smelled alcohol on the captain's breath. Cynthia Angel said the incident occurred on July 19 as she was trying to travel home to Southern California from Georgia. She had just spent two weeks visiting her son, an actor, who was shooting a movie near Atlanta. Angel, 51, said the trouble occurred after she and three other passengers had a brief conversation with one of the pilots of Delta Airlines Flight 2355. She learned later that the pilot was actually the captain...
  • Pentagon plans 'flying submarine'

    07/05/2010 12:03:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies · 1+ views
    telegraph uk ^ | 7/5/10 | Tom Chivers
    Pentagon researchers are attempting to develop a military vehicle which can travel underwater like a submarine before bursting out of the waves and flying like an aeroplane. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US military science and technology department, has set about creating an aircraft that can fly low over the water until near its target before disappearing under the sea to avoid detection. It would then creep closer in submarine form before attacking its target, probably a ship or coastal installation, and fly home.
  • American on US no-fly list stranded in Egypt

    06/16/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by too_cool_for_skool · 56 replies · 966+ views
    AP ^ | 06/16/2010
    CAIRO — A Virginia man, stuck in Egypt for the last six weeks living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food, said Wednesday his name was placed on a U.S. no-fly list because of a trip to Yemen. Yahya Wehelie, 26, who was born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Somali parents was returning with his brother Yusuf from 18 months studying in Yemen, when Egyptian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight to New York saying the FBI wanted to speak with him. Wehelie said he was then told by FBI agents in Egypt that his name was on...