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Air Safety

The Drone Invasion

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

If Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, has his way, thousands of drones could soon be hurtling through the airspace above our heads, delivering millions of packages to Amazon's customers. Instead of having to wait the eternity of a day to receive their orders, consumers could get them in 30 minutes, or less.

Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

Why Won't the Big Powers Allow Global Monitoring of Flights Like MH370?

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

There is no doubt that all the great powers, especially the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, will oppose any move for global tracking of flights. They have had a long track record of weakening, rather than strengthening, global multilateral institutions. They have even weakened multilateral institutions like the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency, even though we have a global interest in strengthening them to prevent pandemics like Ebola and nuclear proliferation.

Dreamliner's Dramatic Life Mimics Woody Allen's Art

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.29.2014 | Travel
Christine Negroni

When it comes to the Dreamliner design, the FAA and the NTSB do have very different perspectives. But unlike the couple in Annie Hall, both sides cannot be right.

How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

Travis Korte | Posted 05.25.2014 | Technology
Travis Korte

There are four important areas where data can be used to make air travel safer: preventing terrorism and crime, stopping mechanical failures, avoiding collisions and improving preparedness for weather-related hazards.

What Airlines Won't Tell You During The Safety Demonstration

George Hobica | Posted 05.04.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

The flight attendants don't explain everything during the safety demonstration.

Volcano Is Quiet but Dispute Over Closing of European Airspace Remains Unsettled

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christine Negroni

The week-long closing of European airspace due to ash from Iceland's erupting volcano was very likely unnecessary beyond the first two days.

What Price Will You Pay for Your Child's Safety?

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

More than seven million children under the age of two fly on their parent's laps on American air carriers each year. Many parents don't appreciate that the use of safety seats can be a matter of life and death.

Who Will Weep for the Geese? New York's Mass Avian Murder Plot

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nathan Robinson

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the State of New York is planning to murder approximately 170,000 Canada geese, as part of a strategy to increase the safety of passenger aircraft.

Air Marshal Surge By February 1, Ordered By Obama

ABC News | Anna Schecter and Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama has ordered a "surge" of federal air marshals to be in place by Feb.1 in what officials said was a "race against time," with ot...

Air Sickness

Lloyd Garver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd Garver

We've all gotten so absorbed in our computers that we lose track of everything else. Of course, when I do it, I don't have 144 passengers sitting behind me.

In Lockdown at Newark Airport

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I'm sitting at Newark airport waiting for my entire family to disembark. The entire terminal is being cleared out, and all because one guy walked backward through an exit. This is the level of farce that passes for airport security here.

Miracle on the Hudson, Not the Only Aviation Success Story

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christine Negroni

Every year there are aviation events that go unnoted because actions of pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers prevented something bad from becoming awful.

Pigs Don't Fly:

Times Online | Jan Raath | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It took a wild pig on the runway at Harare International Airport to reveal what many Zimbabweans have long feared: the country's Civil Aviation Author...

Mystery Grows: Why Is Bush Admin Suppressing Air Safety Survey?

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which has a mandate to enhance the safety of air travel, has been suppressing huge quantities of da...