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Soon, You Will Never Lose Your Boarding Pass Because it Will Be Your Face

February 15, 2017 Airports around the world are rolling out facial-recognition technology in an attempt to improve security and reduce the painful boarding process. Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport is testing facial recognition technology made by Portuguese firm Vision-Box, Bloomberg reported this week. Wait times to enter the country jumped in the wake...

Dubai Is Set to Fill its Skies With These Self-Flying Taxi Drones Later This Year

February 15, 2017 Dubai is planning to offer self-flying taxis by July, the city’s Road and Transportation Agency announced this week at the World Government Summit conference. These four-legged, eight-propeller drones can carry a single passenger that weighs up to 100 kg (220 lb) and operate within an area of up to 50...

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Astronauts Will Soon Wear These New Lightweight Spacesuits — Reebok Boots Included

January 30, 2017 Athleisure for astronauts? Boeing has unveiled new lightweight spacesuits that could make their launch-pad debut as early as next year, when the aerospace company’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule is scheduled to take its first manned test flight and, eventually, carry astronauts to the International Space Station. Starliner Space Suit_MCF16-0049 SeriesCST-100...

To Hide Dismal Reality of Flying, Airlines Try Virtual Reality on Passengers

January 12, 2017 Unless you are swimming in frequent-flyer miles or money, there is little to love these days about commercial air travel. Seats have gotten smaller, legroom is scarce, and at least one airline this year will restrict overhead bin access for some fare classes. But better entertainment options could distract cramped...

A $10 Billion Overhaul of New York’s JFK Airport Isn’t Going to Fix Its Biggest Problem

January 6, 2017 New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport—which receives more international passenger traffic than any other in the US—is racing against the clock. Within a decade, the airport will reach full capacity, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo. To help remedy the current and future congestion around one of New...

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The Weirdest Contraband the TSA Confiscated in 2016

January 2, 2017 Passport? Check. Toothbrush? Check. Bat wrapped in barbed wire? Check. This month the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a video of the 10 most unusual items it’s confiscated from passengers at security checkpoints this year, from a bullet-adorned gas mask to a “bladed dragon claw.” “I just need these to...

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The U.S. Is Now Asking Foreign Visitors to Provide Their Social Media Accounts For Inspection

December 23, 2016 Name? Passport number? Twitter handle? The US government this week started asking some foreign visitors to provide their social media account information before entering the country. The addition, which the Department of Homeland Security proposed in June and had open for comment until Aug. 22, went live Dec. 20, according...

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New York Wants Up to $35 Million in Federal Funds to Protect Trump

December 6, 2016 If Donald Trump wants to keep waking up in the city that never sleeps, New York doesn’t want to foot the bill. New York City is asking for up to $35 million in federal funds as reimbursement for providing protection to the president-elect, who happens to reside on the top...

One Airline Lets You Watch Your Checked Suitcase Travel in Real Time

October 27, 2016 It almost makes the $25 checked bag fee worth it. A new feature on Delta Air Lines’ app allows passengers to track the whereabouts of their checked luggage on a map in real time. Delta says it’s the first airline to offer a bag-tracking map. The map captures data from...

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The Transportation Department Wants Airlines to Treat Passengers More Like Human Beings

October 20, 2016 The US government is sticking it to the airlines. Don’t get too excited. You’re not getting more legroom. But US airlines will soon be held to a higher standard under new consumer protection rules that aim to give the flying public a clearer picture of airlines’ customer service and performance....