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How A Better Food Tray Is Saving Virgin Atlantic Millions

Every ounce counts when you’re hoisting several hundred tons of steel into the air and flying it across an ocean. So does every second flight attendants spend waiting on the people inside. Those ounces and seconds add up — and that’s why Virgin Atlantic spent $US168 million on a transformative redesign of its meal trays.


How Turbulence Happens, And Why It's Not So Scary After All

Turbulence: spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, rattler of nerves. But is it a crasher of planes? Judging by the reactions of many airline passengers, one would assume so; turbulence is far and away the number one concern of anxious passengers.


Why Istanbul Wants To Build The World's Busiest Airport

Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build “the world’s largest and busiest airport terminal”. The Olympic bid ended up failing — but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport.


Airbus' Concept Corporate Cabin Will Be Costly

Having flown to Shanghai and Tokyo (and back again) in the past two weeks, my back and legs are in a state that could only be described as shattered. I’d give serious money for this concept cabin Airbus has up its design sleeves — but I probably don’t have enough serious money to even get near the escape hatch.


TSA Status Site Tells Whether Your Airport Actually Uses Their Body Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration has installed the new “backscatter” screening machines in many airports, but a good number of them aren’t actually used yet. One helpful site is compiling reports on which airports are still using X-ray/metal detector combinations.


How To Open An Aeroplane Lavatory Door From The Outside

Next time your kid locks him/herself in the aeroplane bathroom, or you just feel like being particularly creepy with a stranger, here’s how you can easily unlock an aeroplane lavatory with nothing but your finger.


US Airways Getting In-Flight WiFi In 2010

US Airways is the latest airline to hop on the in-flight WiFi train, signing up Gogo inflight internet service to its domestic A321 fleet for next year.


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