airports

New Nanotech Sensors Could Put Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Out Of A Job

Airport security checkpoint lines are the very definition of a “necessary evil”. Everyone hates the long waits and the awkward disrobing dances as you rid yourself of all your shoes, smartphones, metal, etc. Yet, we’re eternally grateful when crazy people with samurai swords don’t fly coach. Now, a new breakthrough in nanotechnology could help ease our collective dread for airport security, at least a little bit.


How To Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life On An Aeroplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, customs officers and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you’ve still got an entire flight to endure. Your best aeroplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep effectively while fully clothed, sitting up, in the middle seat? It’s surprisingly easy with a bit of planning.


The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights At JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travellers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons.


Why The Same Three Typefaces Are Used In Almost Every Airport

Wayfinding signage is an invisible network draped upon our public places. And that network has to work especially hard in airports when we’re lost, hungry and exhausted. Especially when helping us navigate in jetlagged states using strange languages, good wayfinding means sticking to clear, legible typefaces. So how do designers choose?


Samsung Has Convinced Heathrow Airport To Create Terminal Galaxy S5

If you land at Heathrow in the next two weeks, don’t get too confused if you walk through Terminal Galaxy S5. Because, somehow, Samsung has managed to convince the airport to rebrand its entire wing for a two-week period.


A Giant Kinetic Installation Made From 48,000 Pieces Of K'NEX

If an upcoming flight stopover has you visiting Philadelphia’s International Airport, you might want to head over to Terminal A-West before the end of October this year. Because instead of killing time reading a magazine, you can stare in awe at this impressive 48,000-piece animated art installation made from K’NEX.


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.