airports

How This Simple Landscaping Project Quiets An Airport's Roar

Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of aeroplanes. Such a project had never been attempted — and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident.


95 Per Cent Of Fake Bombs Made It Through Airport Security In DHS Test

Does taking off your shoes, emptying your pockets and putting your laptop in a little plastic bin make you feel safe? Maybe it shouldn’t. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the TSA is doing a lousy job. Like, “failed to detect mock weapons 95 per cent of the time” lousy.


This Japanese Airport Has Running Tracks For Travellers To Follow

Stepping off an aeroplane at Narita International airport in Japan might be even more frenetic than your usual travel experience — because you’ll be racing along a running track.


The TSA Is Using Behaviour Screening To Identify Illegal Immigrants

The Transportation Security Administration uses full-body scanners and other equipment to gauge whether travellers are a threat or not. And as much as it sucks to go through the TSA’s invasive X-ray and scanning checkpoints, it turns out the TSA’s tactics are pretty messed up even when they’re low-tech.


'Uber For Helicopters' Is Gross, Absurd, And I Want To Use It Every Day

Helicopter rides are fun and fast; and ridesharing apps are booming. These are the core ideas behind Gotham Air, a helicopter rideshare service that promises to get you from helipad to airport in six minutes. Do you need it? Definitely not. Is it amazing? We tried it — and yes, it absolutely is.


How The Portland Airport Carpet Became A Hipster Icon

I’ve never been to Portland, but I’ve seen the airport’s carpet a million times. If you asked me to draw a picture of the delightfully geometric 80s design, I could probably do it with my eyes closed. How, you wonder? Hipsters. That’s how.


Welcome To The New Age Of Mega-Airports

Today, Dubai International Airport announced that it’s reached a milestone. It is now the busiest airport in the world for international travellers, a claim that has long belonged to Heathrow, in London. Here’s the thing: it won’t be for long.


The Craziest Stuff People Tried To Sneak Onto US Flights This Year

We may shake our heads at the TSA’s antics from time to time, but the men and women holding you up at airport security are actually dealing with some pretty scary prospects. Like loaded firearms. And grenades. And daggers. And for whatever reason, a hell of a lot of sword canes. Here are some of the craziest things people have tried to sneak past US airport security in 2014.


Airport Shitstorm: Computer Error Stops All Flights From London

London’s Heathrow Airport is always a stressful place, but travellers today are having a shittier time than usual. London airspace is restricted after a power outage spurred what the BBC describes as a computer error at an air traffic control centre, meaning there will be plenty of delays, re-routes and cancellations. Update: It’s fixed now!


A Radical Plan To Fix America's Worst Airport

Trying to name the worst airport in America produces a challenging and crowded field, but in the end, there was no competition: LaGuardia won out by a landslide. And not just according to you — that’s according to experts, the governor, and even Joe Biden.