SkyRider – Will This Really be the Future of Air Travel?

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The future of air travel?

On your last flight, did you stare with envy at the people sitting in the exit row? Did you get a charley horse from trying to cross your legs under your tray table? Consider yourself lucky, pal. Your next budget flight might ask you to fly horseback style, squeezed onto a saddle in just 23 inches of space.

 

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World’s First Glass-Bottomed Hot Air Balloon Makes Heart Stopping Maiden Flight

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World’s first glass-bottomed hot air balloon.

These stomach-churning images capture the moment the world’s first glass-bottomed hot air balloon took its maiden flight today ahead of the 2010 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. (Pics and video)

 

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Airlines Saw a Significant Drop in Passengers and Revenue in 2009

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Fewer people flew in 2009

The global economic downturn took 68.6 million scheduled airline passengers out of the USA’s skies over the last two years.  Last year, 769.6 million travelers boarded planes in the U.S. or planes bound for the U.S., according to new data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s down 5.3% from 812.3 million passengers in 2008 and down 8.2% from the record 838.2 million air travelers in the U.S. market in 2007.

 

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Trouble For Travelers As More Passengers Getting Bumped From Flights

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Passengers wait in line at a Southwest Airlines tcket counter

Carriers trying to fill planes to the max routinely overbook flights to account for no-shows, leaving some travelers without seats. But those bumped passengers have rights.  Based on the numbers, America’s major airlines are doing a better job of getting us to our destinations on time and with our luggage in tow — assuming we can get on the flights.

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China Unveils World’s Fastest High Speed Train

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Travellers board a high-speed train which heads to Guangzhou in Wuhan

In the week that Britain’s high speed rail link closed down because the wrong sort of snow interfered with the engine’s electronics, China unveiled the world’s fastest train service on one of the coldest days of the year. (Pics)

 

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Ford To Introduce Seatbelt Airbags On The Explorer

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The seatbelt inflates over the shoulder and torso in a 40 milliseconds

A car maker is introducing seatbelts that inflate like airbags to give extra protection to passengers.  Ford is fitting the back seats of vehicles with belts that inflate automatically during a crash.

 

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Airfares Soar For The Holiday Traveler

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Last year, procrastinators were rewarded when they finally got around to booking flights for holiday travel. Back then, airlines were not prepared for the sharp falloff in travel and offered last-minute deals to fill up empty planes.  This year? Dilly-dallying, even waiting just a few days, could carry a steep price. Fares, though still lower now than at this time last year, are rising each day, a trajectory that began more than a month ago.

 

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Air India Pilots and Crew Slug It Out At 30,000 Feet

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The Maharaja witnessed his first in-flight Mughal-e-Azam at 30,000 feet above sea level on Saturday, as two members of the cabin crew—one male and one female—slugged it out with the pilot and co-pilot.  Endangering the lives of 106 passengers and grossly violating safety norms, the airline staffers came to blows in the cockpit and galley of the Indian Airlines Airbus A-320 as the aircraft cruised over Pakistan en route to Delhi via Lucknow from Sharjah. (Video)

 

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