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This Redesigned Aeroplane Cabin Would Give You More Room For Everything

You board the plane and instinctively duck to clear the overhead container doors. They’re all full already, so you cram your carry-on under the seat in front of you while the slob next to you reaches across your face to adjust the reading light. No more: one design firm’s new cabin concept eliminates all those problems.


Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Some Serious Moves

What do you when you have an airplane that you want to show off? Throw it around a bit, of course. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner was put through its paces at the Farnsborough Air Show over the last few days, and its performance was pretty damn impressive.


The TSA Is On The Lookout For Electronics That Won't Turn On

The US Transportation Security Administration has a new target: mobile phones and other electronics that won’t power up. At certain airports, if your device won’t turn on, it — and maybe you — won’t get on that plane.


Every Single Plane Crossing The North Atlantic In A 24-Hour Period

This new, cool 3D visualisation shows all the passenger planes that go through the five major air spaces over the North Atlantic during a 24 hour period. It’s like watching a modern version of the thermonuclear war simulations in War Games — without all the final explosions.


OK, Fine, The 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren’t completely blown away with what the 3Doodler — a sort of handheld 3D printer — was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognisable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a 3D-printed model plane that actually flies.


Motorcycle Jumps Over Plane That's Flying Sideways Close To The Ground

I don’t know who had the hardest job in this video that stacks crazy on top of crazy. On first watch, I’d side with the pilot who’s flying an aeroplane sideways mere feet from the ground. Another look would make me think it’s the motorcyclist who has to jump over that plane. Or maybe it’s the random guy crouching down in the middle of all this?


How Turbulence Happens, And Why It's Not So Scary After All

Turbulence: spiller of coffee, jostler of luggage, filler of barf bags, rattler of nerves. But is it a crasher of planes? Judging by the reactions of many airline passengers, one would assume so; turbulence is far and away the number one concern of anxious passengers.


New Budget Airline Seats Swap Screens For Built-In Tablet Holders

Unless you’ll be stuck on your flight for 12 hours, most of us are happy to save a few bucks on a no-frills budget airline. To help further cut costs, UK-based Monarch is introducing new seats that are not only lacking the ability to recline, they also feature a built-in tablet holder instead of a touchscreen entertainment centre — but is anyone really going to miss them?


Monster Machines: America's Most Important Spy Plane That Isn't An SR-71 Blackbird

The Boeing RC-135 is the most effective American spyplane you’ve never heard of. It’s the John Paul Jones to the SR-71′s Robert Plant — a quiet workhorse that has flown over countless US missions while providing vital, real-time signals intelligence.


A Giant Elastic Band Could Let You Hide From Your Seatmates In Coach

Besides the leg room, free booze and endless snacks, flying first class also provides some much needed privacy that can make a cross-country voyage more enjoyable. It’s a big part of the reason why flying economy sucks, but a couple of designers may have found a way to make your cramped coach seat feel like first class.