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Europe Escapes US Flights Laptop Ban

The tiny handful of people that still like the idea of going to America are in luck, as US and European officials have negotiated a way to stop us from being banned from taking anything larger than a smartphone into aeroplane cabins. Read More >>

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Airlander Didn’t Crash Yesterday!

They took the Airlander out for another test spin yesterday evening, and you'll never guess what happened. It went up as planned and flew around as planned, then landed as planned. There was no wheeling about or destruction or disintegration in the slightest. All the parts of the chassis are where they are supposed to be. Read More >>

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UK Joins US in Banning Laptops and Tablets on Some Flights

Anything bigger than a phablet will have to go in the hold luggage on some flights into the UK, with the government joining the US in requiring passengers from six countries to stow tablets, ereaders and laptops in the hold, lest their batteries actually be bombs. Read More >>

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BA Could Face £300k Compo Bill for Five-Hour Toilet Roll Crisis

A BA flight that spent hours on the tarmac while staff stressed about not having enough toilet roll could end up costing its operators hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation and additional expenses, so perhaps it should've taken off anyway and told passengers to use the scented napkins? Read More >>

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Reminder: Blindly Trusting Google Cards Can Make You Miss Your Flight

It's pretty handy that when Google knows you have a flight to catch, it'll pop up little updates on your phone reminding you of when to leave and what the travel situation is (assuming you're opted in). But a letter in the Guardian today serves as a useful reminder not to put all your trust in automated notifications. Read More >>

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Justice Secretary Thinks Barking Dogs Can Scare Away Drones

The justice secretary, speaking on the very modern and serious matter of people flying things into prisons by drone, has revealed that she hasn't really got much of a clue about drones. Including, but not limited to, how they work, how they are operated, why they stay in the sky and anything about what they're actually like. Read More >>

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World’s Shortest Flight Logs 1,000,000th Passenger

The world's shortest scheduled flight, which links the remote Orkney islands of Westray and Papa Westray, carried its one millionth customer this week -- quite a remarkable feat on a route that currently operates a tiny eight-seater plane. Read More >>

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Hawaiian Airlines Horrifies Fliers With Pre-flight Weight Checks

Hawaiian Airlines is at the centre of the shaming scandal of the day, after revealing plans to weigh passengers before flights -- so they can safely distribute the more hefty ones to stop the planes flying in circles. Read More >>

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Turbulence on a JetBlue Flight Was So Bad a Toilet Blew Off the Wall

Last night, a JetBlue flight destined for Sacramento, California encountered turbulence so bad it sent 24 people to the hospital. Read More >>

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Video of a Solar Eclipse Shot From Plane Looks Wonderfully Apocalyptic

Alaska Airlines changed a flight plan Tuesday just so passengers could see the only solar eclipse of 2016. Now, video of the bonkers in-flight entertainment at 35,000 feet is up on YouTube. Read More >>

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Drone Menace Caused Four Near-Misses With Commercial Planes Last Month

Sources speaking to the Times claim that cases of near-misses involving drones and proper aeroplanes full of people are reaching shocking new highs, with four reports of near-misses being recorded in the last month alone. Read More >>

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Ryanair Forced to Pay Compensation to Delayed Passengers

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority is asking Ryanair to surrender and start paying compensation to delayed passengers, after the latest European Court of Justice ruling found that airlines are liable for last-minute technical problems that delay flights. Read More >>

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Ryanair Won’t be Going Transatlantic After All

Ryanair has gone on the record to quash previous rumours that it was about to launch flights to the US, saying it "...has not considered or approved any transatlantic project, and does not intend to do so." So forget the dream of a £10 trip to Miami. Read More >>

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Lords Want all Drones to be Registered, to Stop the Unlicensed Having of Fun

The confused men of the House of Lords have been pondering the modern issue of drones, agreeing with thinking that the industry could create as many as 150,000 new jobs across the EU by the year 2050 -- but asking for manufacturing to be standardised and all fliers, commercial and leisure, to be registered with authorities. Read More >>

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First Class Fliers Get to Play With Samsung Gear VR Headsets

Select fliers on some Airbus A380 planes operated by Quantas will be able to mess around with a Samsung Gear VR headset while flying from Sydney and Melbourne, bringing you closer to the in-flight magazine than ever before. Read More >>