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'Hipmunk' Travel Site Streamlines Reservations, We Go Hands On

Sometimes, planning a flight can be more stressful than actually waiting in the security lines or sitting next to a crying baby on the transatlantic. Sure, there are plenty of travel sites out there, each claiming to deliver the cheapest, easiest flights in the skies. But sifting through the layovers and comparing costs often takes some extensive research, simply due to the confusing way most sit...

Delta Booking Flights Through Facebook, iPhone App Coming Soon

Starting today, you'll be able tag where you've been (or where you will be going), update your friends on your travel plans, and actually purchase your tickets all in the same place -- as long as you plan to fly Delta. The airline has opened an online Ticket Window, which lets customers purchase tickets through Facebook. Delta is the first airline to offer such a service through the social network...

American Airlines Bringing In-Flight Wi-Fi to Over 300 Planes

All hail the laggard! With pretty much every other US-based legacy carrier already on board, we were beginning to wonder if American Airlines even got the memo that in-flight Wi-Fi was in serious demand. At long last, the company has made clear that it plans to equip more than 300 MD-80 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft used primarily in the United States with high-speed Wi-Fi capability (over the nex...

American Airlines Getting In On That Cell Phone Boarding Pass Fad

American Airlines has joined its peers at Continental in offering boarding pass barcodes that you can download to and display on your BlackBerry, iPhone, G1, or whatever have you. Presently the airline is only offering the option on domestic, non-stop flights departing from O'Hare -- LAX and Orange County will start on the 17th. Some eastern yanks might be asking, "What, no JFK or Logan? Where'...

Which Airlines Allow Online Porn?

We've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of in-flight Wi-Fi here in the U.S., and just when it was starting to get to the point where we could finally expect to get our surfing on at 30,000 feet, a whole new controversy springs up that has everyone wanting to shut the tech off again. The issue is people surfing questionable (a.k.a. porn) content while flying the friendly skies, and different airl...

Airplane Mechanic Causes $100M Damages After Pushing Wrong Button

Maybe this airline mechanic at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport was hopped on DayQuil earlier this week -- after all, "they" do say to take caution if operating heavy machinery. Whatever the cause, a mechanic at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport accidentally pressed a starter switch on a commuter airplane she was cleaning, which immediately sent the craft into full-fledged take-off mode -- right into ...

Tardy Traveler Calls In Bomb Threat So He Can Catch His Flight

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and phoning in a bomb threat is certainly desperate enough if you're late for a flight. But be careful about leaving tracks. Read on, crimestoppers... If you're into soccer – we mean really into soccer – then nothing will stop you from attending an important match. So take, for example, this German reporter, who was tasked with covering t...

Airline Introduces In-Flight Showers

What if it's not enough to have your own private suite (see image above) on your flight from New York to the Middle East? Leave it to Emirates Airlines, out of Dubai, to top its own first-class offering. The airline has announced its new Airbus A380 jets will be the first in commercial use to provide first-class passengers with an in-flight shower. Sounds like a nice, refreshing way to improve ...

MacBook Air Confuses Airport Security, Forcing Man to Lose Flight

You'd think that being in charge of what "devices" are allowed on an airplane would require TSA (Transportation Security Agency) agents to be on top of the latest technology. Or that at least the head office would send out memos about new and unique gadgets that might confound the agents. But think again. As one man found out, the wild world of consumer electronics can baffle not just one, but s...

New TSA Blog Fields Complaints About Airport Security

Can a security operation do its job and be transparent about its policies at the same time? That's the challenge for the Transportation Security Administration as it launches its new blog called 'The Evolution of Security,' where in just a couple of days, more than 700 members of the public have already posted comments on issues ranging from the varying sensitivity of metal detectors to the so...

Airplane Internet Access May Come with Censorship

Long flights are boring places. Even if you pack a book (or 200), a portable video game system, and a magazine or three, at some point you're bound to get bored of all your available options and want something else to do. With the promise of mid-air Internet access, you could be downloading new stuff or just playing online games whenever you exhaust your carry-on entertainment reserves. But, a ...

American Airlines and JetBlue to Offer In-Flight Wi-Fi

It appears as if this whole Wi-Fi on airlines thing is finally taking off (sorry, couldn't help it). Four months after announcing that it intends to put Wi-Fi on some of its planes, American Airlines is starting to reval some specifics on the plan. Wi-Fi access to a broadband data connection will be provided by Aircell (which has also partnered with Virgin) on transcontinental 767-200 flights st...

Alaska Air to Test In-Flight Wi-Fi this Spring

This whole in-flight Wi-Fi thing is really taking off (induce pun groans now). Alaska Air is the latest company to announce it will be testing wireless broadband access on its jets. Starting in the Spring of '08. Alaska Air will outfit one of its Boeing 737's with a system from Row 44, a company that specializes in Internet service for the commercial aviation industry. If it all goes well, the ...

Paper Airline Tickets to be Retired in June '08

Electronic ticketing lets you view, change, and process your reservation at kiosks, online, or over the phone -- all without having to worry about losing the ticket. However, 16% of travelers still insist on receiving mailed paper tickets ahead of time, forgoing e-tickets for the security of good 'ol paper. Bad news for that later group: paper tickets are set to be retired by June 1 of 2008, f...

Sneak Peak at Virgin America's New High-Tech Planes

Air travel in the United States generally feels like a trip back in time: Specifically, a time before humans had developed electronics, fabrics that weren't beige vinyl or fully-formed legs. Virgin Airlines aims to change all of that with the stateside launch of Virgin America Airlines this week. Sir Richard Branson is bringing his famous taste for mile-high luxury to our shores (or air space,...