Fewer People Flying, But Fees Fatten Airline Revenue By $3.8 Billion

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U.S. airlines are raking in more money this year from extra fees, although fewer people are flying.In the first six months of this year, the airlines collected $3.8 billion for checking bags, canceling or rebooking flights, carrying pets and assigning seats, the latest data from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show. That’s up from $2.3 billion for the first half of 2008.

 

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Chinese Airline Plans to Stand Passengers in Aisle

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Sardines may be more comfortable…

A private airline in China is submitting plans for journeys where passengers can opt to stand to save money. Spring Airlines first initiated the standing ticket idea earlier this year.

It is now considering officially submitting it to the aviation regulator before the year is out. The airline has been trying to cope with surging passenger numbers and new flight routes, but only has 13 planes.

Spring Airlines’ Zhang Wuan said: “The process of plane making is really long. We already ordered 14 new jets. But some of them will only be delivered next year…

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Robotic Taxi: A Taxi That Drives Itself

Robotic Taxi:  A Taxi That Drives Itself

Robot Taxi 

Eco Factor: Robotic car powered by electric motors.  With technology advancing at the pace it is today, we’ve to believe that by the end of the century we won’t be driving our cars around the city. Rather, we will just be sitting on the then historic driver’s seat and doing some work. While the concept looks futuristic, industrial designer Kubik Petr believes that nothing seems impossible with modern technology at hand. (Pics)

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Driverless Elevated Railway System

Driverless Elevated Railway System

 

Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have designed a concept for an elevated and automated railway system that intends to do away with the congestions on roads. The ambition public transport system foreseeing driverless compartments zipping over the city streets could be a transportation mode of the future, if the project gets the required funding to be build into a working prototype anytime soon.

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Sick Traveler Detector

Sick Traveler Detector 

If you thought the airport denizens of the TSA were already obnoxious, wait until they get their mitts on a Sick Traveler Detector. It’s a software idea by Belgian company Biorics, which can determine if travelers are sick by the sound of their coughs. If you frequently get sick after flying, you might welcome such an intrusive technique that singles out hacking, virus-spreading passengers.

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Street Legal Race Car Limo Will Hit 300 MPH

Street Legal Race Car Limo Will Hit 300 MPH 

 GP Limo

What you see here is probably the most awesomest way to arrive at a senior prom that you could possibly imagine. The GP Limo was designed and built by Michael Pettipas to seat 7 people (6 passengers and an experienced driver) and you might think that providing an authentic F1 experience to his riders would be enough, but apparently it’s not. You see Michael actually wants the GP Limo to beat the Bugatti Veyron’s 253 mph record for a street legal vehicle. (Yeah, believe it or not the GP Limo is actually street legal!)

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Finnair – Future Of Flying In 2093

Finnair - Future Of Flying In 2093 

While we are pretty busy talking about space tourism and flying cars, Finnair, which is celebrating its 85th birthday, is envisioning the future of flying. What might flying be like then in 85 years? I have no idea, but the ingenious folks at Finnair seem to have an answer to the question. They have conceptualized five future aircrafts for the year 2093, which boast streamlined exteriors and entertainment-rich interiors. The best part is that all the aircrafts are eco-friendly and materials used in the making are 100 percent recyclable. Let’s take a quick look at the conceptualized aircrafts of 2093.

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Virgin Galactic Will Fly You To Space And Monitor The Climate

Virgin Galactic Will Fly You To Space And Monitor The Climate 

 Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnight

Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo aircraft will be doing the world a favor when they start flying paying passengers into space: they’ll be carrying sensors aboard to monitor greenhouse gases at a little-monitored altitude. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just signed a deal with Virgin to let it install sensors on the two vehicles, since it turns out that they will be one of the few aircraft that fly at around 50,000 feet. Most aircraft, with the exception of the sadly gone Concorde, fly below this altitude, and scientists would like to get their hands on air data from this height to help with environmental monitoring.

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Board A Train While It Is Moving

Board A Train While It Is Moving

When a train travels, one of the biggest problems is that the train has to stop and start again at each and every stop. This causes problems in two ways. First off, the journey is slowed right down as the train stops for several minutes and then has to wind back up to full speed only having to stop again shortly after. The second problem is the energy used to get a train moving.

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