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How an Arm Wrestle Resolved a Major Airline Dispute

David vs. Goliath. Burr vs. Hamilton. Ali vs. Frazier. These fights have captured the public's imagination like few others. On March 20, 1992, another battle entered this conversation. Herwald vs. Kelleher. Okay, so most likely, you probably don't have any clue who Kurt Herwald and Herb Kelleher are and why they decided to match up against one another, but you soon will. Read More >>

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Virgin Atlantic is Using Google Glass to Improve Passenger Check-In

Customer privacy be damned. Virgin Atlantic is kicking off a trial using Google Glass and Sony's SmartWatch 2 to provide its employees with personalised data about its upper class passengers. Read More >>

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Crazed Ryanair Passengers Loot Drinks Trolley in Fury Over 24-Hour Delay

A nightmare Ryanair flight -- featuring an emergency stopover for medical treatment, a re-route to an alternative airport and a bus journey -- kicked off in terrifying fashion, with furious passengers said to have looted the duty free trolley and abused staff during their delay-hit ordeal. Read More >>

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The 12 Best Airline Safety Videos, Reviewed

Airline safety videos have been around as long as in flight entertainment systems, but have really only taken off in the last few years. They're also ridiculously hard to get right. Because they're delivering what could possibly be the driest, most boring content that everyone thinks they've heard a million times before, they have to be interesting enough so people actually watch them, and also appeal to the widest possible demographic. That's why good airline safety videos are so rare. Read More >>

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Does Ryanair's Profit Warning Show We're Tired of Penny-Stealing Small Print?

Last week, Ryanair warned investors that there'd been a "perceptible dip" in bookings for September and the rest of the autumn, a fall that could show we're moving on from pursuing the cheapest prices in favour of getting the fairest treatment and not having to pay £1.50 for a Twix. Read More >>

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At Least Airline Badboy Ryanair Doesn't Overbook its Flights

Consumer site Which? has conducted some research into the shady world of airline flight overbooking, the practise of selling more seats than physically fit in the aeroplane to ensure planes fly full even if a few people don't show. Nine out of the 14 flight providers ask admitted to routinely overbooking their routes. Read More >>

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Ryanair Refuses to Refund a Dead Person's Flight

We all know that Ryanair is out to make as much money as possible. We accept that when booking. But you'd think there are limits like, you know, death? Apparently not if you die "too early". Read More >>

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Now There's Something You Might Finally Use Passbook For in the UK

Pushing the digital ticket to its logical Apple-themed extension, BA's finally added Passbook support to its iPhone app, meaning there might be something other than Starbucks to use with Passbook in the UK. Read More >>

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The Most Popular Seats on an Airplane Are at the Back

Where do you like sitting on an airplane? At the very front or the very back? At a window or an aisle? According to research by British Airways, the most popular seats on a Boeing 747 are 51B/51C, 52B/52C, 51H/51J and 52 H/52J. That's all the way in the back of the plane. Read More >>

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How a Single Android Phone Can Hack an Entire Plane

If airlines were already keen to keep your phone switched off, things could be about to get even more militant. According to a talk by Hugo Teso at the Hack In The Box security conference, it's possible to hack an entire plane using an Android smartphone. Gulp. Read More >>

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Algorithm Improves Airline Arrival Predictions, Erodes Favourite Work Excuse

When you're flying anywhere you can pretty much turn the whole day into a black hole. The airport/in-flight Wi-Fi wasn't working. We sat at the gate for an hour. We were in a holding pattern. It's great. But sometimes, sometimes you actually want to get where you're going. Read More >>

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A Samoan Airline Now Charges Passengers By Body Weight

Bad news for those carrying a few extra pounds: Samoa Air has become the world's first airline to introduce a pricing policy which charges passengers by body weight, following a Norwegian professor's shock assertions on the subject last week. Time to diet? Read More >>

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Scenes From When Flying Was Still Civilised

There once was a Golden Age Of Flying. You didn't have to queue up, strip down, and surrender your beverage to the Goon Squad. Meals were served on real plates instead of sad, soggy cardboard boxes. The act of travelling itself was a pleasant part of the journey—instead of a necessary act of mass-transit. These conveniences still exist for the very rich, but there was a time when all of us had access to a fantastic world in the sky. That world is never coming back, but it's still nice to look back and fondly remember. Read More >>

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Google Now's Auto-Airline Boarding Passes Are Go

Google Now, arguably the best thing about owning an Android phone right now, has just gotten a boost in the war with Apple's Passbook. It'll now search your email for flight confirmations and grab your boarding passes, plus fire flight notifications at you. Currently it only supports certain airlines, but it's expanding rapidly. Awesome. [Google via Android Community] Read More >>

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Tycoon Tussles: Branson Wants a £1 Million Bet With BA's Boss, He Just Wants To Kick Him in the Balls

Which would you like more? £1 million, or the chance to knee the long-haired Virgin Atlantic owner in the family jewels? If you're the boss of British Airways, it's quite clearly the latter. Read More >>

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Virgin Atlantic's Vera Entertainment System Review: The Best Way to While the Hours Away (If You Don't Have a Tablet)

Hailing from a country a good day's flight away, I've become pretty familiar with the various "entertainment systems" (if you can call some of them that) airlines offer their passengers. You're probably familiar with that sinking feeling when you discover a plane doesn't have on-demand movies, resulting in another 108 minutes to start watching your chosen time-waster from the opening scenes? Read More >>

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