The Knee Defender, a device marketed to airline passengers fed up with fellow fliers who hog their legroom by reclining, has been around for more than 10 years. But the low-tech gadget appears to have registered a first yesterday morning, when United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to C ... More >>
Cue the heavy drums and eerie science-fiction score. It looks like drones have already made their way to New York City skies, according to a CNN report. The pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet heading in to John F. Kennedy Airport for landing yesterday afternoon reported sighting a small unmanned ai ... More >>
The Columbia Journalism Review ran a story today asserting that the NYPD did not close airspace above Zuccotti Park to news choppers during the raid. That intel has been widely reported and was originally tweeted by Reuters social media guru Anthony De Rosa: Erika Fry at CJR found that the NYPD ... More >>
The Ryanair cabin, where you'll be watching porn. Ryanair, "bus of the sky," preferred travel mode of student backpackers and tightfisted Europeans, is adding some new in-flight entertainment. Porn. Now, you can sit next to a skeevy old man and watch him watch porn while you fly. Another bonu ... More >>
United Continental will "permanently retire" flight numbers 93 and 175, Bloomberg reports, in honor of the flights hijacked on September 11, 2011. Over the past decade, the numbers have not been in use, but an error earlier this week caused them to pop up again, much to the chagrin of pilots' ... More >>
On the Virgin careers website, Virgin Galactic has posted a want ad for Astronauts. They have three positions to fill, and we have sent in our application for consideration. They informed us via auto-reply email that if they feel we are an appropriate candidate, we will be asked to interview. ... More >>
A tampered-with large ink cartridge.Well, this is going to put a damper on things. According to the latest air cargo security regulations (following reports of suspicious packages found on UPS planes en route from Yemen to Chicago, which turned out to contain explosives), airline passengers w ... More >>
In a groundbreaking new report [pdf], the U.S. Department of Transportation's Inspector General has discovered that flight delays at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports remain terrible and make New Yorkers -- and, indirectly, people throughout the rest of the country (yes, we're t ... More >>
JetBlue's Steven Slater, who famously bailed through the emergency slide when he felt an unruly passenger had ticked him off, now wants to put on his fabulous uniform again. You see, he absolutely loves JetBlue. He adores being a flight attendant. He's aware of the inherent problems with th ... More >>
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In the wake of what the Obama administration is calling a terror attempt on a Northwest Airlines jet yesterday, the Transportation Safety Administration has announced, but not released, new restrictions on airplane passengers. Not released to us, anyway. Air Canada apparently got a copy.
Boy, we hope you're not flying this morning: the FAA says it's having trouble with its computers, which will delay flights across the nation. The glitch, noticed around 6 a.m., has to do with flight schedules, which the agency's workers are at present doing by hand. The problem was originally detect ... More >>
US Airways always comes up when we're looking for cheap flights, and there's a reason for that: like many airlines these days, it's not doing so hot. Today the troubled carrier announces it's going to cut 1,000 jobs and some flights to Europe, and close its ground crew base at LaGuardia and ... More >>
This morning's Times story on an airline pilot who was busted down from captain to first officer so ExpressJet Airlines could pay him less draws a connection between his sad case and a "steep decline" in total weekly pay for production workers. The numbers are a little abstruse there. But another Ti ... More >>
What kind of people use Twitter? Horrible celebrities, political obsessives -- and, it now appears, people who actually care that the Emmys changed their broadcast so that eight of the awards will not be presented live. The affected categories are (deep breath) best drama-series writing, bes ... More >>
Airport delays have become a way of life -- in fact, a new airline has made a massive delay part of its launch -- so you may be interested in The Guide to Sleeping in Airports and its just-announced best and worst airports for sleeping. As New York naturally figures in all superlatives, you will not ... More >>
Mere months after reports claiming the exact opposite, a new study suggests that living near a fast food outlet actually does not increase weight in children, and that living near supermarkets, with their fresh fruits and vegetables, does nothing to lower weight. Go figure. [Science Daily] A survey ... More >>
That awful Air France crash, after the plane went through thunderstorms and lightning, was horrific--as if I needed more anxiety about getting on an aircraft. Not that you asked, but in descending order, here are the things I'm most terrified of about flying:
This morning we're saying goodbye to the lovely and amazing Hailey Eber, who is leaving us for greener pastures. Here's a little roundup of Hailey's greatest hits to remember her by.A dominatrix's thoughts on Gordon Ramsey's Hell's KitchenThe Chopping Block Kinda SucksSo. Much. Top ChefThe Chicken D ... More >>
Eyewitness footage A commuter plane from Newark, Continental Connection Flight 3407, smashed into a house near Buffalo at 10:20 last night. Everybody on the plane was killed. Reuters: "Doomed plane suddenly lost contact - tower tapes" Buffalo News: "After the crash, tower warned other planes to ... More >>
A wing and a prayer
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