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 >>
Three women received the Nobel Peace Prize today at a ceremony in Oslo. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, social worker Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkul Karman were all "chosen for their non-violent struggle against injustice, sexual violence and repression." ... 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 >>
I can't stand Chicken Little types who always think the planet is coming to an a tragic end. To me, their whining only adds to the general unpleasantness and their hot air can be detrimental to foliage. But after taking a look at today's headlines, I'm convinced not only that the sky is fa ... More >>
Parts of New Jersey were left without power this afternoon due to an equipment failure at PSE&G's Bayway switching station in Elizabeth. ABC News reported about 20,000 customers lost power, and that terminals A, B and C were without power at Newark Liberty International Airport. The control t ... More >>
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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 >>
"UFO over Manhattan," 1965The NYPD and FAA have been getting calls since early this afternoon about "a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea," the Daily News reports. The mothership coming in to land? Or...just balloons? Also, what's up with weird things (unidentified flying objects, C4 e ... More >>
Update: the Bergen Record is reporting that three passengers were slightly injured, according to an airline spokesman. -- United Airlines Flight 634, an Airbus flying from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, made an emergency landing at Newark Airport this morning after the right hand landing gear fa ... More >>
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 >>
After a mid-air collision between a small charter plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River this summer killed nine people, observers were quick to blame the Federal Aviation Administration for poorly regulating the airspace, letting it become clogged with private planes. Toda ... More >>
So there was a press conference yesterday after all, but it wasn't Richard Heene's. After a day of questioning Heene and his wife, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden announced that criminal charges will be filed against them in the big balloon chase. Alderden says they haven't decided which ... More >>
OK, what's the over/under on what the Heene family should pay for the massive search effort for their kid? Turns out Falcon was hiding in a box in the family's garage while helicopters and first responders were all over hell and gone looking for him. More questions at the end of the post. B ... More >>
The Post is on again about the "inappropriate cockpit chitchat" in the Buffalo-bound Colgan Air flight that crashed this week. "LAUGHS TO DOOM 'IN 20 SECONDS'" roars the hed. As we said before, we consider the banter of the crew the least part of the issue. People in tough jobs often joke. Haven't t ... More >>
Another socialist White House flyover! This time involving some of Obama's fellow-traitor Navy flyers! Also, this one never happened: It was cancelled at the last minute by the FAA , which probably thinks everyone's had enough agita for one term, and had the presence of mind to ask the Mayor's opin ... More >>
If you were worried about the plane lazily circling the Statue of Liberty this morning, don't be: the Staten Island Advance reveals, albeit belatedly, that the military flight "taking photos" of the statue. "Reports indicate it may be Air Force One," they add, suggesting that the Obama may have got ... More >>
American Airlines Flight 309 had some trouble after it departed LaGuardia for Chicago at 8:15 this morning and, after dropping chunks of its engine over College Point, landed at Kennedy Airport. All passengers and crew are safe. Engine failure is suspected, an FAA investigation is pending. Update: S ... More >>
The commuter plane crash in Buffalo continues to be examined. It has been confirmed that Continental Connection Flight 3407 was on autopilot before its fatal descent, which some suggest was a "deadly error" that shielded the pilot from the severity of the situation until it was too late. Once autopi ... More >>
Hear the manly voice of Captain "Sully" Sullberger tell air traffic controllers "We're gonna be in the Hudson!" Hear the unfazed air controllers try to get him to Teterboro, then remark casually, "He said he was goin' in the Hudson." Read an account of what you're listening to! The FAA has released ... More >>
Going to travel today? Better take a look at this: the Times reports widespread flight delays throughout North America. Late this morning O'Hare Airport was covered in snow and holding flights; Newark had three-hour delays, San Francisco's were 90 minutes, and Toronto's Pearson Airport cancelled 300 ... More >>
Here we go again. A new round of ‘Phoenix Lights’ has Arizona’s media going nutty, and Matt Drudge’s interest will only whip up the fervor. As a new formation of lights in the sky becomes the source of fascination in the Grand Canyon State, folks less given to jumping to alien conclusions ... More >>
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The private watchdog group formed by the former members of the 9-11 Commission is closing up shop. The announcement of its last media eventa December 5 briefing where the 9-11 Discourse Project "will issue its final assessment of progress on all 9/11 Commission recommendations"came today ... More >>
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