airports

'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.


Google's Spending $1 Billion On An Old NASA Hangar, No One Knows Why

Planetary Ventures, a Google shell company, just signed a very expensive lease on a very large building and airfield in Silicon Valley. The lease in question will cost the search giant $US1.16 billion over the term of 60 years. The building and airfield in question is the Moffett Field, where Google’s founders have been landing their private jets for years.


US Airport Is Counting Mobile Phones To Predict TSA Wait Times

If you’re passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favour and make sure you have your phone’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck — but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they will be spending in airport security hell.


What's The Worst Airport Terminal In America?

Air travel, once the pinnacle of style in America, has evolved into a fluorescent-lit, crumb-strewn hellscape of stinky carpets, underpaid and overworked employees, and fights between drunk racists and tall people. It’s easy to claim your local terminal is the worst, but which of America’s many airport terminals is truly the worst?


The Strange Case Of O'Hare Airport's Vanishing Terminal 4

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is one of the busiest in the world. That scene from Home Alone where they’re running through the airport is no joke. O’Hare’s hectic energy is overwhelming enough to make you forget your own Macaulay Culkin, for sure. And if the McCallisters had followed signs for Terminal 4, they would have never even boarded the plane. Terminal 4 doesn’t exist.