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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.

Plane Aborts Landing After 'Joke' From Air Traffic Control

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.17.2014 | Travel

A Delta plane was forced to circle the airport for over an hour last Wednesday after an air traffic controller "joked" the plane wasn't allowed to lan...

Investigation Underway After Two 757s Came Within 5 Miles Of Each Other

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.19.2014 | Crime

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a disturbingly close call after two Boeing 757s pas...

Glitch In Air Traffic Control System Discovered

Reuters | Alwyn Scott and Joseph Menn | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters) - A common design problem in the U.S. air traffic control system made it possible for a U-2 spy plane to spark a computer...

WATCH: One Day In European Air Traffic In 2 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.03.2014 | Travel

On any given day in July, Europe sees about 30,000 flights in its airspace, each of which needs to be routed to, from, and around other areas. To g...

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.

Flying Like the Rich and Famous: City-to-City On a Private Jet

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.04.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

I'll bet that flying -- to you -- means roughly what it does to me. Battling seat-pockets that eat knee-space. Emptying your inner life into plastic ...

Decision Made On Air Traffic

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that were slated to close as th...

FAA To Staff Towers Once Scheduled To Close Due To Cuts

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Seventy-two airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get ...

Latest FAA Delay: A Typo

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

Legislation to avert furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration has been held up because of a typo in the bill, ABC News and CNN report. The ...

This FAA Sequester Vote Doesn't Smell Right

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Is this bipartisan support to mitigate one of the noxious effects of sequestration? Or is it papering over the high-visibility stuff that affects the affluent while lots of other budget bleeding goes on beneath the radar?

Sequestering the Sequester

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The Sequester: A Policy Triumph

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The sequester, of course, isn't ideal. There are almost certainly better ways to cut. Some cuts that haven't had any short-term consequences may do harm eventually. But, messy as it is, the sequester seems to be working.

Lawmakers Urge Delay For Airport Furloughs

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As airport delays spread across the country, members of Congress on Tuesday urged the administration to postpone the furloughing of...

Ryan Grim

Obama Hits Wealthy On The Runway | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the most part, the super wealthy are not directly affected by cuts to government services. Private security guards, private schools ...

Highways, Flyways and Personal Freedom

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Most Americans have long forgotten that the roads we all take for granted have a rich history that reverberates even today in the current budget debacle and fight over sequestration.

Sam Stein

Air Traffic Controller Furloughed Just One Week After Winning Safety Award | Sam Stein | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On March 6, Louella Hollingsworth was presented with the League Medal of Safety Award by the National Air Traffic Controllers Associatio...

Small US Airports Face Tower Closures

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2013 | Travel

By Anna Louie Sussman New York, March 18 (Reuters) - When landing a plane amid birds, bobcats or alligators, it helps to have an air t...

Sequester Cuts Could Mean Travel Delays

Posted 02.21.2013 | Travel

Budget cuts set to come into effect March 1 if Congress can't reach a deal might mean trouble for travelers. The $85 billion "sequestration" cuts woul...

Air Traffic Controllers To Blame For Near Crash

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Travel

Aug 6 (Reuters) - Faulty instructions by air traffic controllers caused a near mid-air collision involving an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 and a ...

Hacker Shows Air Traffic Control Danger With 'Ghost Planes'

Posted 09.26.2012 | Travel

Andrei Costin, a Cypriad hacker, gave an unnerving demonstration outlining the weaknesses of air traffic control systems today at the Black Hat hackin...

ATC Napped On Air Mattresses In The Tower, Left Duty Early

Bloomberg | Alan Levin | Posted 07.11.2012 | Travel

When midnight rolled around and flight traffic thinned out, air-traffic controllers guiding planes in the busiest U.S. corridor whipped out laptops to...

FAA Whistleblowers Continue To Point Out Safety Problems

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 07.08.2012 | Travel

WASHINGTON — In an unusual public rebuke, a government watchdog charged Tuesday that airline safety regulators have lagged in responding to urge...

WATCH: Air Traffic Controllers Caught, Sleeping, Reading, Texting On The Job

Posted 02.24.2012 | Travel

It looks like guiding planes isn't keeping the air traffic controllers at New York's Westchester County Airport busy enough. Footage obtained by Fox 5...

America's Not So Elite Sleepless

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Our puritanical culture celebrates surviving on the least sleep, sneers at those who appear to need more and sacrifices sleep -- a fundamental biological need -- in favor of all other activity.