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

In a little less than two weeks, 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… » 11/16/13 2:29pm 11/16/13 2:29pm