New York's LaGuardia Tops The 'Most Frustrating Airports' List

This time of year, everyone comes out with a 'Best of the Year' list, for everything from movies to songs, cars, and even airlines. But it's also fun and important to evaluate the worst of things like airports, and two in the New York-area are among the most frustrating for travelers. » 12/03/14 4:41pm 12/03/14 4:41pm

The Secret Life of the American Airport Worker

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I've spent the last six months investigating the lives of America's airport workers: the wheelchair pushers, the cabin cleaners, the baggage handlers, the people who will—instead of heading back to their own family members—assist ours as we travel this week. If you ask airport workers what they're doing for the… » 11/25/14 5:51pm 11/25/14 5:51pm

Pushback Tugs Are The Coolest Vehicles At The Airport

If you've ever looked out the window at an airport, you've probably seen planes being pushed backward by vehicles called Pushback Tugs. Well there are regular Tugs, and there are SuperTugs — and the SuperTug looks like the unholy matrimony of a Hummer and a Batmobile, with an ant's strength/weight ratio. » 11/08/14 1:01pm 11/08/14 1:01pm

Battle Of Atlanta – Delta Opposes Second Airport

Delta Air Lines is opposing an Atlanta developer's plan to commercialize a second airport, to the northwest of the city. Paulding Airport, currently a general aviation airport, is being evaluated for future use by commercial airlines. Delta says it would threaten their hub at Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest… » 11/01/14 2:00pm 11/01/14 2:00pm

What's the Worst Airport Terminal In America?

Air travel, once the pinnacle of style in America, has evolved into a fluorescent-lit, crumb-strewn hellscape of stinky carpets, underpaid and overworked employees, and fights between drunk racists and tall people. It's easy to claim your local terminal is the worst, but which of America's many airport terminals is… » 10/22/14 1:28pm 10/22/14 1:28pm

I Flew to Work in the Uber for the Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realize just how different my work commute will be today. » 9/29/14 3:12pm 9/29/14 3:12pm

'Robird' Drones Chase Birds Away From Airport Danger

Bird strike incidents cause millions of dollars in damage to planes annually, and trained birds of prey have been used to deter bird flocks around airports for a long time. As a cheaper and more manageable alternative, a company has developed the Robird — a drone that mimics the flight of a real raptor. » 8/28/14 2:38pm 8/28/14 2:38pm

Dubai Claims "World's Busiest International Airport" Title

For the first two months of 2014, Dubai International Airport has seen more international passengers come and go than any other airport in the world — a claim formerly held by London Heathrow. Lead by aggressive expansion of Emirates and FlyDubai airlines, Dubai handled 1.8 million more passengers during the period… » 3/27/14 2:41pm 3/27/14 2:41pm

Airports Are Pretty Awesome When They're Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting Panda Express, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful. » 12/08/13 4:20pm 12/08/13 4:20pm

A Brief History of Airspace Design

Think Los Angeles at rush hour is bad? Try doing it half-blindfolded with nothing but a radio and a few blinking lights to show you the way. That's how pilots navigate the invisible highways in the sky, and there's a beautiful design that makes it all work. It only took about a hundred years to come up with it. » 11/26/13 10:14am 11/26/13 10:14am

How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact.… » 11/16/13 2:29pm 11/16/13 2:29pm