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Sky's the limit: The future of in-flight entertainment

<b>(CNN) —</b> New release blockbusters are served up easier than in-flight meals, and airlines may be tripping over each other to trial the latest headline-making gadgets, but it's taken nearly a century for in-flight entertainment to become the hot topic and realm for rapid innovation it is now.<p>The …

Virtual Reality

Stewardess claims first-class passengers pay flight attendants for sex

An air hostess from a British airline has lifted the lid on the mile-high bonks, romps with pilots and celebrity affairs that go on among the …

Aviation

As the 747 Begins Its Final Approach, a Pilot Takes a Flight Down Memory Lane

How much do I, a Boeing 747 pilot, love the airplane that I fly? It’s tough, and maybe a little embarrassing, to answer. But as the iconic jet’s eventual retirement draws closer, I am surely not the only 747 fan who’s taking some very long flights down memory lane.<p>To share with you the jumbo …

American Airlines Sued After Man Says Runaway Beverage Cart Gave Him Brain Injury

The passenger says the pilot didn't turn back and flew to the destination regardless.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>If you've ever sat in an aisle seat, you'll know that even when a beverage cart is being pushed or pulled by a …

American Airlines

This is the worst thing about flying for most Americans

Most Americans agree: Traveling by air is no longer very enjoyable. Between the long lines in security and shrinking leg room on flights, 92% of …

Flying

Why is plane food so bad?

Plane food is, on the whole, pretty unappetising. When ordering their last meal, the condemned prisoner seldom requests the soggy stew they ate 35,000 feet above the Atlantic all those years ago. Few wedding planners tasked with satisfying 200 hungry guests look to the skies for inspiration.<p>That …

The 5 longest flights you can take

I'm weird. I like long flights. I like the idea of sitting down for a few hours, watching a movie or three and ending up on the far side of the world. I've taken several of the longest flights you can. And now even longer flights are possible thanks to new routes and aircraft.<p>And by "longest" I …

American arrested after brawling on flight from Tokyo

Domestic carriers aren't the only ones experiencing periodic turbulent passenger incidents, apparently.<p>A video recorded on an All Nippon Airways flight Monday captured a fistfight that broke out between two male passengers.<p>The brawl was captured by Corey Hour, a Phoenix, Arizona-based videographer …

Flying

OpenAI Just Beat Google DeepMind at Atari With an Algorithm From the 80s

AI research has a long history of repurposing old ideas that have gone out of style. Now researchers at Elon Musk’s open source AI project have …

Why You'd Be Crazy Not to Book This Airline's Middle Seat

Design can make the difference between loser and luxury.<p>What's the least pleasant thing about travel? Airplanes. Crowded, cramped, and uncomfortable (unless you pay or warrant the upgrade to first class), the experience of flight is enough to make you swear off going from one place to the next. …

Airlines

From armrest control to seat reclining, the unspoken etiquette of air travel

Seat etiquette isn't as easy as it looks. Consider, for example, the recent passengers on a United Airlines flight from Sydney to San Francisco who had a conversation over a passenger seated in the same aisle.<p>The passenger in the middle seat didn't take kindly to it, reportedly delivered a racist …

British Airways baggage handlers urinating in plane holds

Courtesy of: British Airways<p>If you thought the woman bringing raw animal brains into the United States was weird, get ready for this sick (<i>literally</i>) …

During a 1994 blackout, L.A. residents called 911 when they saw the Milky Way for the first time

More like the City of <i>Too Much</i> Light…<p>In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rumbled through Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m. The shaking woke residents, who …

How to get access to airport lounges without paying too much

Lounges are privately operated hospitality clubs that typically cater to frequent flyers and passengers with business- or first-class tickets. Most are operated by airlines, such as Delta's Sky Club, and are discretely tucked away in airport terminals.<p>Annual passes can set you back about $500 for …

The key, often-overlooked argument against reclining your seat on a plane

Should you recline your seat on a plane? The debate appears to be as old as the Internet, and it rages on with the same intensity today. And a …

American Airlines Comes Last In Rankings (And Its Pilots Chuckle)

All doesn't seem well in this big airline.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>What do you do when the company you work for gets bad news?<p>Do you smile sheepishly at dinner parties and tell everyone that you're "looking around"?<p>Do …

American Airlines

How to fly on a private jet for $29

Private jets are reserved for the rich and famous, right? While that was once the case, specialized programs are making more exclusive aircraft readily available to the non-billionaire set looking for an A-list experience.<p>Now, one company is offering fares starting at just $29. No, that’s not a …

Santa Monica

These Are the Best- and Worst-Performing Airlines in the World

For those who insist that traveling is all about the journey, we say this: It really depends on which carrier you’re flying.<p>Aside from variations in …

FAA

If you’ve been stuck in an airport because of delays recently, you already know how bad a highly automated society will be

We’re already in purgatory.<p>Last month, I wrote about Amazon’s new concept for a grocery store, Amazon Go, where you would be able to walk in, pick up what you want, and leave, as computers and sensors track you and your phone’s every move. I argued that it, combined with increasingly algorithmic …

Flying

Airline pilot arrested after trying to fly drunk

Airline pilots regularly carry the lives of dozens or even hundreds of people in their hands, so it’s probably a good idea that they stay sober while …

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Legislation that aims to revamp an outdated music-licensing system and help songwriters get paid more won the unanimous approval of the Senate …

Sarah Sanders

The Best Way to Get Compensation for a Delayed or Cancelled Flight

Lost or mishandled luggage, broken equipment, or overbooked flights are some examples of situations where you may be entitled to some form of …

Guy takes off his trousers for entire flight. WTH

As if air travel weren't already terrible enough, one hellish passenger recently decided to go above and beyond in making it even more uncomfortable …

This horrible tale of a pantless plane passenger will leave you in tears

No one is immune from sharing a flight with an absolutely horrendous passenger.<p>Getting locked in a pressurized tube flying 500 miles an hour at …

American Flight Runs Out of Airsickness Bags, Diverts to Uruguay on Christmas

On Christmas Eve, American’s flight from Dallas to Buenos Aires ran into trouble on final approach. As it prepared to land in Buenos Aires, weather …

Transatlantic flight diverted to Ireland so passengers can use the toilet

A flight from the US to Paris was diverted to Shannon Airport in the mid-west of Ireland on Monday following a “serious problem” with the aircraft toilets which made them unusable.<p>Passengers on board the Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which is estimated to be approximately 26 years old, were reported to …

Delta reveals the dishes you should eat on a plane

And to be honest, airplane food has not always had the best reputation.<p>There's a good reason for that.<p>Fresh ingredients are cooked, packaged, transported to the plane, and then reconstituted mid-flight in a convection oven, Delta Air Lines' general manager of product development, Dan Mord, told …

The best 7 tricks for sleeping on planes

People have different priorities when they fly. When you're flying solo, and don't have a companion at 30,000 feet, sometimes sleep is the best activity.<p>But getting rest in the sky can be difficult with increasinly cramped seats, not to mention unruly seatmates.<p>If you don’t want to spend the two …

Ten Tips for Flying Solo With a Toddler

At this point I have flown more than a couple dozen flights with my youngest daughter, and likely close to (or over?) a triple digit number of …

3 friends got the whole plane to themselves and we're massively jealous

Have you ever dreamed of finding yourself on a giant plane, all for yourself?<p>That dream came true for Laura Stevens and her two friends Sarah Hunt …

British Airways