Archive for the 'Airplanes' Category

Why It’s Not a Good Idea To Fly Drunk

Friday, June 27th, 2008

AirplaneA woman got belligerent and physically violent on a JetBlue flight, causing it to be diverted so she could be de-planed and arrested. She claims that she was in an alcohol-induced blackout and doesn’t remember the incident.

(via The Consumerist)

Hacking a 787

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

AirplaneLet’s see… a long flight, a bored computer hacker. Yup, it’s going to happen.

(via Engadget)

Lighters Allowed On Airplanes Again

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

AirplaneSmokers rejoice! Starting Aug. 4th, you can take cigarette lighters on an airplane. According to the article, 22,000 lighters are currently confiscated each day by airport security officials.


Southwest Airlines Now Accepts PayPal

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

InternetPayPal—it’s not just for eBay anymore.


A Working Scramjet

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

AirplaneUS and Australian scientists have successfully tested a scramjet, attaining a speed of Mach 10. This technology has the potential to revolutionize international travel, should it ever make it to commercial use. I’ve read about suborbital flights in a variety of science fiction novels, and it would be neat to see it become a reality.


Contrails Up Close

Friday, June 29th, 2007

AirplaneWe’ve all seen airplane contrails, but here’s what they look like up close. Wow.

(via digg)

Real-time Flight Tracking

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

AirplaneThis site has some nifty flight tracking tools. I like how it combines weather radar with flight tracking, so you can see how the flights are diverted to miss storms. Try an airport code of “KDEN” for the Denver, CO area.

Thanks to Josh for this topic.


Ringtones From the Cockpit

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

PhoneThis site has some unique cell phone ringtones—they’re the alert/warning messages from the cockpits of various airplanes. My favorite is “Whoop! Whoop! Pull Up!”

(via Neatorama)

Introducing the Airbus A380

Friday, March 30th, 2007

AirplanePopular Mechanics got a sneak peek at the new Airbus A380—the largest passenger aircraft in the world. It’s so heavy that some airports will have to reinforce their runways and taxiways to handle the weight. There’s a short video that shows the inside of the plane, which is roomy enough to have a walk-up bar.

(via Slashdot)

International Date Line Messes Up F-22s

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

AirplaneTurns out that crossing the international date line will crash the on-board computers for the new F-22 stealth fighter plane. Oops…


What Not To Pack In Luggage

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

PoliceThis college student packed three flour-filled condoms in her luggage for a trip home. Unsurprisingly, she was detained, arrested, and held in jail for three weeks until tests determined it was only flour. Note that the linked article doesn’t give all of the information. Security officials did a field test that came back positive, so they did have cause to arrest her.


Flares Create Smoke Angel

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

AirplaneAnti-missile flares on military planes create really cool smoke “angels”. Also, here’s a video of the flares being set off.

(via Nothing To Do With Arbroath)