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This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple.


How One Airport Will Frack For Gas Under Active Runways

Pittsburgh International Airport has seen better days. Saddled with debt from building now unused gates, the troubled airport is expanding into a completely different business: fracking. The airport will stay open as drillers tap the gas reserves underneath, thanks to a technique called horizontal drilling.


Cool Star Wars Video Transforms Real-World Airport Into Imperial Base

Star Wars fan Frank Wunderlich turned the German airport of Frankfurt into a base for the Imperial Navy thanks to the wonders of 3D and compositing. Despite some failures here and there, it’s a great scene full of shuttles and Imperial walkers.


31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

The air traffic control tower is the most important part of any airport, yet it’s also the most unacknowledged. Fliers seldom stop to admire their ethereal beauty and futuristic silhouettes. We’re missing out: These towers are fascinating architectural specimens.


This Pop-Up Chair Would Make Long Layovers So Much More Tolerable

With the blazing speed of the internet mitigating our every expectation — especially wait times — it’s no wonder we get impatient so easily. Delays at the airport are particularly maddening, because there never seem to be enough seats to accommodate the many fuming passengers who all need to get their destinations more urgently than you.


This Dutch Airport Has One Of The Lowest Final Approaches In The World

Gilze-Rijen is — according to The Aviationist — one of the airports with the lowest final approaches in the world. They get so low that, when you are there, you think they are going to touch down on the road that crosses the head of the runway. In fact that has happened.


Airports Are Pretty Awesome When They're Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You’re either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting Panda Express, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you’ll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful.


New Bridge Will Let People Walk From San Diego To Tijuana Airport

San Diego’s airport has been too small for almost a hundred years — the city made its first plans for a replacement back in 1923. Now, after decades of failed expansion plans, private investors are slated to begin construction on their own solution: build a pedestrian bridge to the nearest airport… in Mexico. The market finds a way!


Watching Planes Take Off And Land Is Like Playing A Video Game

This timelapse video shows the controlled chaos that is aeroplanes taking off and landing at San Francisco International Airport. If you ever played Flight Control on your phone, it’s pretty much exactly as impossible as that.


Do Airport Scanners Kill Kindles?

No, not scanners of the infamous head exploding type. Think more X-Ray scanners, and the many tales you’ve heard about them wiping film and damaging electronics. Could they be killing Kindles as well?


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