Tag: Airlines and Airplanes

Overcoming Fear of Flying in the Bumpy Skies

Lately, at airport gates and security lines, I’m increasingly hearing other frequent fliers share stories of spilled coffee and sudden drops on planes. Threaded through nearly every conversation are questions about whether there has been an upswing in air turbulence, and whether climate change is to blame. Turbulence was never a concern for Ashwin Fernandes, […]

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Ready for a 19-Hour Flight? Tests to Start on New York-to-Sydney Route

LONDON — The Australian airline Qantas is preparing for what could become the world’s longest direct commercial flights — around 19 hours nonstop to Sydney from New York and London — with three test runs to monitor the effects of so-called ultra-long-haul journeys on the body. Some 40 people including pilots, crew members and passengers […]

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China Pressures Business Over Hong Kong. Workers Get Caught in the Middle.

As Hong Kong seethes with protests against China’s rule, Beijing is increasingly pressuring the business world to take its side. Businesses, both global and local, are falling in line — and their employees are caught in the crossfire. The most dramatic example came on Friday, when Rupert Hogg, the chief executive of Hong Kong-based Cathay […]

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The Completely Reasonable Reason People Are Flying With Mini Horses

Last week, after months of deliberation, the Department of Transportation released formal guidance regarding animals on planes. The 28-page document makes it clear that three types of service animals should be prioritized for travel: cats, dogs and miniature horses. Yes, miniature horses. The document repeatedly includes mini horses in a trio of “the most commonly […]

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Russian Plane Crash-Lands in Cornfield, and Reports Say All Survived

MOSCOW — A Russian passenger jet crash-landed into a cornfield shortly after takeoff from Moscow on Thursday, injuring 23 people, but remarkably, no one was killed, according to Russian media reports and the national aviation regulator Rosaviatsia. Ural Airlines Flight 178 collided with a flock of gulls just after leaving Zhukovsky International Airport near Moscow, […]

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How to Travel With a Drone

You’ve got it all planned. You’ll launch your drone from the grass beside the Eiffel Tower. When it reaches the top, you’ll circle around the tower once, then end the video with a perfect landing. It’s the kind of thing you bought a drone for. It’s the kind of thing that makes for epic Instagram […]

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Hong Kong Airport, a City’s Symbol of Pride, Is Now Its Hub of Unrest

HONG KONG — Hong Kong International Airport — sleek, modern and famously efficient — has helped symbolize the city’s place as one of the world’s busiest and most important commercial hubs since it opened more than two decades ago. But this week the airport, long a source of local pride, became the epicenter of civilian […]

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What You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Airport Cancellations

Hong Kong International Airport on Monday abruptly grounded all departing flights and kept 70 flights from arriving after thousands of protesters filled the airport, stranding air passengers at one of the world’s most important transportation hubs. A statement on the airport’s website said that operations “have been seriously disrupted, all flights have been canceled,” and […]

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Protest at Hong Kong Airport Forces More Than 100 Flight Cancellations

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s airport canceled more than 100 flights on Monday afternoon after thousands of demonstrators flooded the transportation hub, one of the world’s busiest, in a show of anger over the police’s response to protests the night before. The cancellation of well over 100 flights, including many departing after 6 p.m. was […]

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Cathay Pacific, Icon of Hong Kong’s Rise, Now Reflects China’s Grip

HONG KONG — Two months of boiling antigovernment protests have divided Hong Kong’s people. Now, the unrest has pitted one of the territory’s best-known international brands against some of its own employees. The Chinese government has forced Cathay Pacific Airways, a longtime emblem of Hong Kong’s proud status as a global capital, to bar staffers […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Descend on Airport, With Plans to Stay for Days

HONG KONG — Antigovernment protesters on Friday swarmed Hong Kong’s international airport, taking aim at both a global transit hub and the city’s closely guarded reputation for order and efficiency. The protest in the airport’s arrival hall, which is planned to last through Sunday, comes as Hong Kong reels from its worst political crisis since […]

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Hong Kong Strikes, and Strikes a Nerve in Beijing

ImageA protester blocking a train door during a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday.CreditAnthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — Anyone who thought that the antigovernment demonstrations rocking Hong Kong this summer were just the doing of radicalized youngsters should think again. On Monday, the first general strike in the city in […]

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Boeing Crash Families Ask F.A.A. for Full Review of 737 Max

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — A group of family members representing more than 50 people who died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 are calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a full regulatory review of Boeing’s 737 Max before it is allowed to fly again. The Max, which entered service in 2017, is […]

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‘We Did It’: Franky Zapata Crosses English Channel on Hoverboard on 2nd Try

PARIS — Franky Zapata, the hoverboarding Frenchman who wowed Bastille Day crowds last month with a jet-powered hoverboard, successfully crossed the English Channel on his second attempt Sunday on the device he invented. An attempt 10 days ago failed after Mr. Zapata fell into the water midway through the crossing when he tried to land […]

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The Origins of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Two crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets have been linked to a software system that helped send the planes into a deadly nose-dive. Our colleague investigated what federal regulators responsible for ensuring the safety of the […]

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T.S.A. Finds Missile Launcher in Man’s Bag at Baltimore Airport

To the ever-growing list of deadly weapons, creatively concealed narcotics and poisonous creatures routinely found in people’s luggage and publicized by the Transportation Security Administration online, add something new: A missile launcher. The T.S.A. said it found the weapon in a man’s checked luggage at Baltimore-Washington International Airport around 5:45 a.m. Monday. The man, whom […]

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Pakistani Military Plane Crashes, Killing at Least 10

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A small Pakistani military plane crashed into a village on the outskirts of Rawalpindi on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, including five people on board, and injuring at least 12 others, rescue officials said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known and military officials said the small plane, belonging […]

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The Roots of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight

SEATTLE — In the days after the first crash of Boeing’s 737 Max, engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration came to a troubling realization: They didn’t fully understand the automated system that helped send the plane into a nose-dive, killing everyone on board. Engineers at the agency scoured their files for information about the system […]

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The Airport Lounge Is Much Improved, if You Can Squeeze In

The airport lounge ain’t what it used to be. Once seen as quiet retreats for businessmen on expense accounts looking to get some work done, lounges are now trying to serve a variety of purposes and, in the process, have become one more area of competition among the airlines and independent operators. Some lounges are […]

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British Airways Suspends Flights to Cairo, Citing Security Risks

LONDON — British Airways abruptly canceled all flights to Cairo on Saturday for what it described as security reasons, a day after the British government warned against traveling to some parts of Egypt. The airline told passengers at their departure gate in London that they could not fly. “We constantly review our security arrangements at […]

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