Lockheed Martin’s SR-71 Blackbird is a hell of a piece of military tech. But the SR-71 was retired as a spy plane in 1998, so America is overdue with the latest and greatest flying machine. Behold the Lockheed Martin SR-72, a hypersonic flier that can shoot through the skies at double the breakneck batshit insane Mach 3 speed. Yes, double. The SR-72, if it ever goes into production, will be able to hit Mach 6, meaning you could fly from New York to LA and back within your lunch break.
If you’re annoyed or inconvenienced when you’re told on an airplane that you have to wait until you’re at a certain altitude to use electronic devices, today the FAA announced it was lifting those restrictions… because they were based on nothing but superstition. You still can’t gab on your phone the whole flight thank god, but you can Candy Crush or email or tweeter as much as you want during takeoff and landing.
Even though the Concorde was loud as hell and expensive as fuck to operate, it was sad to see the first and only supersonic passenger plane disappear. This creation from Japan could be the Concorde’s successor… super sleek and designed to minimize shockwave noise, this might be the kind of thing you’d be flying on in the future.
Basically, if you spot a hottie, you can pinpoint their location using Virgin’s digital seat map, & send passengers unsolicited drinks or snacks through the in-flight entertainment system.
While the FCC has been talking about loosening rules about cell phones on planes, security experts are now warning that a properly configured Android phone could take control of the electronics of an airplane. Well that could be a problem.
For years, airlines have toyed with the idea of charging hefty passengers more for their seat, but a Samoan airline is the first to actually do it. Yes, Samoa, the Pacific nation that is stereotypically full of overweight islanders.
Having a moment of clarity, the TSA has relaxed some of their carry-on rules to allow small pocket knives with foldable, non-locking blades, golf clubs and small, child-sized baseball bats on airplanes. You still have to leave your hunting knives, broadswords and kitchen knives at home. And yes, box cutters are still a no-no.
Most flights in the US don’t have in-flight WiFi, but that looks like it’s going to change rapidly. First, the FAA decided to start talking about loosening restrictions on electronic devices during take-off and landing and now the FCC wants to help all airlines to offer in-flight Wi-Fi.