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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Man booted from Southwest flight over tweet calling agent rude

Man booted from Southwest flight over tweet calling agent rude

Twitter is arguably one of the fastest ways to catch a company's attention -- fire off a tweet about bad service or a botched product, and you'll likely get a response within a few hours. For one Southwest customer, the response was perhaps a bit too fast...and, according to him, "unreal".

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Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Starting with a Malaysia Airline Tweet at 10:36 CST today, the world quickly became aware of a problem with Flight MH17 over Ukranian airspace. This civilian flight originated in Amsterdam and was headed to Kuala Lumpur. The Ukranian presidency has confirmed the crash officially.

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MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

Big combat aircraft offer big perks, protective armor arguably being at the top of the list. They're not always ideal in certain situations, however, and that's where the military's tiny (relatively speaking) MH-6 Little Bird helicopter comes in.

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Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Airbus plans to pack customers in, patents standing seats

Do you already feel uncomfortable (read: claustrophobic and grumpy) when flying? Even first class can feel a bit cramped, depending on the aircraft, and it looks like that issue will only be getting worse. A patent filing has surfaced showing a design for standing airplane "seats".

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Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later after the mission is finished. Sound interesting? Such is the concept introduced by BAE Systems.

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This is what Samsung’s airport “takeover” looks like

This is what Samsung’s airport “takeover” looks like

At Heathrow airport in London, Samsung has "taken over" what may be the world’s busiest terminal. Purchasing the bulk of advertising area in the terminal, you’ll see more Samsung Galaxy S5 posters and large signage per square foot here than anywhere else in the world. This campaign is set to stick around for two weeks.

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U-2 spy plane shuts down air traffic control, flights grounded

U-2 spy plane shuts down air traffic control, flights grounded

A U-2 spy plane triggered a computer glitch in the air traffic control system for the entire southwestern portion of the United States, sending air traffic controllers back to the stone age of modern aviation. Air Traffic controllers were forced to use slips of paper and good old-fashioned telephone calls to find information about planes in the air during the blackout.

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United Airlines updates app because headrest screens are terrible

United Airlines updates app because headrest screens are terrible

United Airlines wants to make your flight as enjoyable as possible, and is rolling out a new mobile app to help keep you distracted in the air. Via their app or an accompanying website, those flying on some United flights will be able to enjoy a robust in-flight entertainment menu.

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Police drone suffers malfunction, crashes in lake

Police drone suffers malfunction, crashes in lake

The use of drones in law enforcement is a touchy subject, drawing critics on both sides of the fence. One such recent instance of this was the purchase of a rather expensive helicopter drone by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Texas, which crashed last Friday into Lake Conroe.

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AT&T aiming for 4G LTE-based in-flight WiFi in 2015

AT&T aiming for 4G LTE-based in-flight WiFi in 2015

AT&T has revealed plans to bring fast WiFi to your future flights, doing so using a yet-to-be-built air-to-ground network in the US based upon 4G LTE standards. If all goes as planned, the carrier says it could get the network up and running as soon as late next year.

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Wheel-well stowaway teen sparks skeptics: how did he survive?

Wheel-well stowaway teen sparks skeptics: how did he survive?

It would appear that today’s oddest story isn’t as cut-and-dry as it’s being reported. Sunday, the 20th of April, 2014, a 16-year-old boy is said by the FBI to have jumped over a fence near the San Jose, California airport, found his way into the wheel well of an airplane, and flew aboard a 5-hour flight to Maui. What’s strange - besides the fact that the boy did this at all - is the fact that it’s far more likely that a person would die in such an instance than live.

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