One airline is creating an even greater travel nightmare: weighing passengers. In order to figure out calculate the gross weight of an aircraft before it takes off, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced it will be weighing both passengers’ luggage and their bodies before they board flights. Yes, weighing people. On scales. In the airport.
Getting quality sleep on a plane can be tricky, more so when you are in the cramped quarters of economy class. But Boeing may just change that with a new recently patented upright sleeping contraption. Continue reading… “Boeing’s ‘cuddle chair’ that could revolutionize sleeping on airplanes”
It can take hours or even days to hear from someone at an airline to tell you where your lost luggage has ended up — if it ever turns up at all. Wouldn’t it be easier to hear from the luggage itself?
At an awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday Cathay Pacific was named the world’s best airline. The award is decided by the votes of millions of travelers. Here is the Top 10:
The future of airline travel looks almost enjoyable.
Airline seats are uncomfortable, bulky, cramped, outdated and — from an airline’s point of view — overpriced. It’s no wonder then that many carriers are looking to make a change. (Pics)
We’ve all been there!
Almost everyone complains about flying in economy class, and most times with good reason. There are ten strategies to fly more comfortably, or at least get the seat you want.
Morph airline seating.
Traveling by air on a budget isn’t pleasant. Despite huge leaps forward in comfort for the upper classes (and the more recent “premium economy” class), the economy section of a cabin is more often than not cramped, packed, and charmless. Seymourpowell, a British design firm, has a seating concept that it believes will change that. It’s called Morph. (Photos and video)
There’s a new low for the long-haul traveler. Airlines are ordering new Dreamliner 787s and Airbus A330s and are asking to have them fitted with 16.7″-wide coach seats. These are planes intended for intercontinental flights — six to 14 hours! — and they’re shaving the armrests, squeezing the seats, and otherwise cramming in passengers. The airlines say it’ll all be OK — they’ll just distract you from your terrible circumstances with big meals and TV.
Jaktogo is a “luggage jacket.”
We all want to avoid paying for an additional piece of luggage when we travel. Airlines have been on a constant hunt to make a dent in our travel budgets. With U.S. airlines such as Spirit and Frontier charging travelers for carry-ons, it is only a matter of time before other airlines hop on the bandwagon.
Gogo says download speeds will reach 60 megabits per second.
Gogo’s in-flight Internet service will receive a major upgrade in 2014 to support streaming video and generally offer a better web browsing experience, the company announced today.
In a slightly controversial move, Samoa Air is now claiming to be the first airline in the world to charge passengers based on their own weight, as well as their luggage.
British Airways is inviting 100 entrepreneurs to participate in an 11-hour hackathon during a transatlantic flight from San Francisco to London. The plane will depart on June 12, 2013.