privacy
Airbus Is Testing New System to Collect Data on Everything You Do Onboard Its Flights

Your flight could soon be keeping tabs on everything from your preferences for in-flight snacks to the length of your bathroom trips. Read More >>

travel
American Airlines Mechanic Charged with Sabotaging Flight

An aircraft mechanic has been charged with tampering with an American Airlines aeroplane before a flight of 150 passengers was scheduled to take off. Read More >>

travel
Airport Body Scanners Have a Gender Problem

Airport security is famously dehumanising, and reports reveal that for transgender travellers, this can be an especially intrusive and traumatising experience given the current status of screening. From January 2016 through April 2019, nearly 300 civil rights complaints were filed regarding US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening of transgender people. Read More >>

star wars
American Airport Security Isn’t Happy Nerds are Taking Bomb-Shaped Drinks Home from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Disney has gone to great lengths to ensure that a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland is as immersive as possible, and that includes selling drinks in specialised containers shaped like grenades thermal detonators. And the fact nerds have been taking them home as souvenirs isn't really going down well with the legions of airport security staff in the USA's airports. And yes, it's because the bottles of liquid look like bloody bombs. Read More >>

airlines
Ryanair and Easyjet Have Somehow Got Worse Over the Past 5 Years, According to Which?

Another look at flight delays in British airports shows what a shitshow some of these airline are running, and unsurprisingly, Ryanair and Easyjet are at the top of the shit list. Read More >>

travel
Hotels.com’s Publicity Stunt Wants Dog Reviewer for Pet-Friendly Hotels Around the World

Hotels.com is looking for a pampered pooch accustomed to the finer things in life to review pet-friendly hotels around the world. Read More >>

china
Cathay Pacific CEO Resigns, Airline Releases Cryptic Statement About Hong Kong

Rupert Hogg, the CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, has resigned following conflict between the Hong Kong-based airline and the Chinese government in Beijing. The new CEO will be Augustus Tang Kin-wing, according to the South China Morning Post, and the airline released a bizarre statement about the future. Read More >>

virtual reality
As if Flying Didn’t Make You Sick Enough, British Airways is Rolling Out VR on Some of its Flights

Happily, it's highly unlikely that you'll be caught in a sudden bout of turbulence while your headset's on, as VR entertainment is being trialled for first class customers only, travelling from London to JFK. Read More >>

china
Eighth Busiest Airport in the World Shuts Down For Second Day Over Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport has been shut down for the second time in two days after pro-democracy protests disrupted normal operations. The airport, which handles 75 million passengers a year, is the eighth busiest in the world and a major international hub in Asia. Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam warned that Hong risked sliding into “an abyss.” Read More >>

news
Hong Kong Cancels All Flights as Thousands of Pro-Democracy Protesters Occupy Airport

Hong Kong International Airport has cancelled flights for the day after 6 PM local time as pro-democracy protests in the city rage on for the tenth consecutive week. Incoming flights will be allowed to land, but outgoing flights for the night have been halted and it’s not clear when air travel might resume. Read More >>

aeroplanes
‘Turn it Off and On Again Every 149 Hours’ Is a Concerning Remedy for a £300 Million Airbus Plane’s Software Bug

Having to occasionally reboot a sluggish laptop after a few days of use is a minor inconvenience for a £1,000 gadget. But what about a £300 million+ commercial plane? Airlines who haven’t performed a recent software update on certain models of the Airbus A350 are being told they must completely power cycle the aircraft every 149 hours or risk “...partial or total loss of some avionics systems or functions,” according to the EASA. Read More >>

travel
What’s the Best Aeroplane Snack?

Flying is objectively horrible. We let the magic of heavier-than-air transport cloud the fact that we pay hundreds of pounds to be squeezed into spaces too small for comfort so we can be treated like shit and spew greenhouse gas into the air. Unless we’re rich or flying across the world, we usually don’t even get a free meal out of it. Read More >>

shopping
Primark’s New Birmingham Store Is so Popular That Holiday Websites Are Adding It as a Destination

Ever since Primark opened its largest store in Birmingham, the shop has become quite the attraction, with a number of travel agencies cashing in on the excitement by offering excursions to the store. Read More >>

travel
How to Recline Your Aeroplane Seat Without Being a Jerk

Modern life may be filled with mundane annoyances, but nothing dehydrates the soul quite like commercial air travel. Stressed, scanned, patted down, and crammed in, airline passengers seem to be research subjects in some kind of grand experiment in humiliation. And we pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds for the pleasure. Read More >>