Tagged With airports

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A tag, a plastic bin, a metal chassis, and a six mile trek from the moment you check your bag at the counter until it gets on the plane. That's pretty much all there is too it. Well, of course there are a lot of scanners shooting off to match up your luggage tag to the number on the bin and chassis and there are a lot of machines working to x-ray your luggage and there are a lot of wheels spinning to zip your luggage around at crazy speeds in the right direction. So, hmm, I guess there's actually a lot to it.

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Video: The best part about flying on an aeroplane is that moment during the final approach: you look outside your aeroplane window and see the city where you're about to land from way up above, and comment on why so many people have pools in their backyards and see how big the freeways are and delight at all the parks and so forth. It's so fun! There's so much to see! But the last thing I'd expect to see during that moment is another plane landing at the same time as my plane on the runway right next to mine.

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The US' busiest airline just spent $US50 ($65) million on tech that promises to more efficiently route your checked luggage to its destination. By the end of the year, all Delta Airlines flights will be tracking bags using RFID, or radio frequency identification. But can RFID really solve one of the most annoying things about air travel?

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Usually when you hear "drone" and "aeroplane" in the same sentence, what comes next is a moralistic tale about how irresponsible drone pilots pose serious threats to airlines. That's why it's kind of weird when one of Europe's largest airlines partners with arguably the biggest civilian drone maker in the world.

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Nobody enjoys going through airports. Despite the miracle of air travel for the masses and the systems for funnelling the right people into the right places being a magnificent example of engineering and system design, it is basically impossible to board a plane without being intensely frustrated.

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Air travellers have long complained that they're treated like cattle; and now cattle will actually be treated better than most economy passengers. An entire airport terminal is being built for animals, including a dog spa with "pawdicures" and a bone-shaped doggie wading pool. Yes, it's all very real, and it will be open next year.