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London City Air Traffic Control Is Getting An AR Makeover

One of the more reassuring things about air traffic control, from the perspective of a layman, is that if all else fails they can just look out of the window in their gigantic tower to guide a plane in safely. But now London City Airport is going to replace the tower with some HD video cameras and put air traffic controllers in a room 80 miles away. Read More >>

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RIP Apple Wireless Routers: We Hardly Knew Thee

According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is exiting the router business. Bloomberg report that, over the last year, Apple has started to shutter the division, which made the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule products, instead opting to put engineers on other projects, including the Apple TV. Read More >>

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These Three Companies Want to Revolutionise the Most Important Gadget in Your Home

Within the last two years, routers have gone from ugly boxes tucked away in shame to well-designed products, complete with a variety of new technologies and user-friendly interfaces. Led by ambitious Kickstarter projects like Eero, Luma, and Starry, routers are having a gadget moment—and that could finally help people realise how important the little box really is. Read More >>

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Full-Body Scanners are Now Compulsory ‘For Some Passengers’ at US Airports

Until now, you had the ability to opt-out of a trip through the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) full-body scanners and instead undergo of a thorough physical screening. But a new document issued by Homeland Security allows the TSA to make the scans mandatory ‘for some passengers’. Read More >>

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Boris Says Heathrow’s Runway Expansion is Doomed

London mayor Boris Johnson has sent a huge 30 page letter to MPs, claiming the extra runway for Heathrow that was agreed on after years of wrangling about how to make more aeroplanes work is a big mistake. Read More >>

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31 Air Traffic Control Towers With Surprising Charm

The air traffic control tower is the most important part of any airport, yet it's also the most unacknowledged. Fliers seldom stop to admire their ethereal beauty and futuristic silhouettes. We're missing out: These towers are fascinating architectural specimens. Read More >>

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You Have to be a Bit Insane to Land in This Dutch Airport

Gilze-Rijen is—according to The Aviationist—one of the airports with the lowest final approaches in the world. They get so low that, when you are there, you think they are going to touch down on the road that crosses the head of the runway. And in fact, that has happened. Read More >>

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Airports Are Kind of Awesome When They’re Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting that MacDonalds, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful. Read More >>

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Man, Watching Aeroplanes Take Off and Land Is Like Playing a Video Game

This timelapse video shows the controlled chaos that is airplanes taking off and landing. If you ever played Flight Control on your phone, it's pretty much as impossible as that. It's incredible how nerve-wrackingly efficient the whole process is. I promise to shut my mouth next time I wonder why my plane's stuck on a runway, honest. [Craigiest via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Kim Jong-Un Confirms Design For a £130 Million International Airport

First Instagram, now this: An architecture and planning firm in Hong Kong has reportedly been chosen to turn a military airstrip in North Korea into a £130 million international airport. The plans show two donut-shaped terminals that — if built — could contribute to what some are describing as a tiny-but-not-imperceptible North Korean economic boom. Read More >>

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I Can Understand Why This Watch Would Get You Arrested

If you've travelled on a plane any time in, say, the last 10 years, you will have noticed that airport security's a totally chilled-out breeze. Oh wait, no, that's not right, they're a bunch of paranoid jumped-up security freaks. Which would maybe explain why wearing something that looks more Genuine Al-Qaeda than Rolex would land you in some fairly hot water. Read More >>

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Count Your Lucky Stars if You Ever Visit These 10 Beautiful Airport Terminals

While the weather hasn't been all sunny days and picnics recently, I'm sure many of you would love to jet off to balmier bays, and what better way to start your trip than by checking out some of the most beautiful airports on your way to your destination? Here's 10 of our favourites. Read More >>