airports

Monster Machines: This Weed-Seeking Airport Tractor Spells Death For Dandelions

Weeds growing up through the cracks in airport tarmacs aren’t just unsightly, they can create traction hazards for landing aircraft. But rather than rely on a squad of human herbicide applicators, one French airport is leaving the job to a single computerised spraying system. They call it “The Weedseeker”.


This Image Shows Eight Hours Of Airliners Departing From LAX

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. You can buy the photo if you want.


Ring Of Thieves Pulls Off Huge Luggage Heist At LAX

You probably don’t realise it, but hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods pass through airports every day inside of passengers’ baggage. Well, a ring of baggage handlers at LAX certainly realised it. Police say they have been stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods right out of people’s suitcases for months.


This Is What All The Signs And Symbols At The Airport Runway Mean

Did you ever catch yourself looking through the aeroplane window, wondering what all those symbols, lights, and signs mean? Kate Ascher’s new book The Way to Go has this and a lot more fascinating information and brilliant graphics. Here is an excerpt with some really cool stuff.


Take A Tour Through The Mother Of All Airports

In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin’s massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This ageing, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it’s the focus of major development plans — and PBS just got a look inside.


This TSA Redesign Could Change The Way You Think About Airport Security

The TSA needs help — bad. The agency and its blue-shirted officers have never been the most popular kids on the block, but things got worse last week when a former employee told all in a Politico article. But don’t worry, TSA. The designers are here to save you.


Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It’s easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national security.


Genius Man Used One First Class Aeroplane Ticket To Eat Free For A Year

Airports are often terrible places to be. There are too many people rushing somewhere combined with too many cranky folks leaving somewhere mixed with annoying obstacles in the form of TSA security and rolling luggages. But it’s just like that for us normal folk. For first class flyers? It’s like being a rock star. One genius man took advantage of his rock star status and used one single first class aeroplane ticket to eat food for free for an entire year.


All The Crazy Stuff People Tried To Bring On Aeroplanes Last Year

The US Transportation Security Administration screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013. As as we learned last year, if you look deeply within the possessions of that many people, you’re gonna find some weird stuff. Lots of weird stuff. Here’s a rundown of the craziest objects TSA found in 2013.


Check Out Mumbai's Sparkling New Airport Terminal

It’s been almost three decades since Mumbai’s airport saw a renovation — a long time, for a city that’s seen some of the fastest growth in the world. But on Friday, officials unveiled an $US890 million terminal, filled with Indian art and high-tech architectural acrobatics. Outside, it’s bordered on all sides by poverty-stricken slums.