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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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Solar Impulse 2 plans to circumvent the globe without fuel in five consecutive days

Solar Impulse 2 plans to circumvent the globe without fuel in five consecutive days

A new solar-powered aircraft is being shown off called the Solar Impulse 2 that plans to make a flight that will take it around the globe. The aircraft was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland. Pilots of the aircraft's circumnavigation of the Earth using no fuel will be Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Solar Impulse 2 will be used to fly around the globe in 2015.

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United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

United Airlines free movie initiative not limited to iOS

Supposing your on a US Airways flight and have the United Airways app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch at the end of 2014, you’ll be able to connect with some content while 10,000 feet above the ground. This initiative is one United Airlines first announced back on February 6th, but today it’s gaining steam thanks to a well-placed PR punch.

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AeroTrainer drone helps train athletes and watch for sports injuries

AeroTrainer drone helps train athletes and watch for sports injuries

There is a wide range of drones in use around the world today. The military makes use of drones for military strikes and surveillance. In the civilian world, there are also a number of small drone aircraft that people can use for various tasks. A new drone called AeroTrainier has been announced that is aimed at helping people get better at a sport.

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Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.

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