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You Have to be a Bit Insane to Land in This Dutch Airport

Gilze-Rijen is—according to The Aviationist—one of the airports with the lowest final approaches in the world. They get so low that, when you are there, you think they are going to touch down on the road that crosses the head of the runway. And in fact, that has happened. Read More >>

Airports Are Kind of Awesome When They're Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting that MacDonalds, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful. Read More >>

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Man, Watching Aeroplanes Take Off and Land Is Like Playing a Video Game

This timelapse video shows the controlled chaos that is airplanes taking off and landing. If you ever played Flight Control on your phone, it's pretty much as impossible as that. It's incredible how nerve-wrackingly efficient the whole process is. I promise to shut my mouth next time I wonder why my plane's stuck on a runway, honest. [Craigiest via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

Kim Jong-Un Confirms Design For a £130 Million International Airport

First Instagram, now this: An architecture and planning firm in Hong Kong has reportedly been chosen to turn a military airstrip in North Korea into a £130 million international airport. The plans show two donut-shaped terminals that — if built — could contribute to what some are describing as a tiny-but-not-imperceptible North Korean economic boom. Read More >>

I Can Understand Why This Watch Would Get You Arrested

If you've travelled on a plane any time in, say, the last 10 years, you will have noticed that airport security's a totally chilled-out breeze. Oh wait, no, that's not right, they're a bunch of paranoid jumped-up security freaks. Which would maybe explain why wearing something that looks more Genuine Al-Qaeda than Rolex would land you in some fairly hot water. Read More >>

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Count Your Lucky Stars if You Ever Visit These 10 Beautiful Airport Terminals

While the weather hasn't been all sunny days and picnics recently, I'm sure many of you would love to jet off to balmier bays, and what better way to start your trip than by checking out some of the most beautiful airports on your way to your destination? Here's 10 of our favourites. Read More >>

Fall Asleep On a Luggage Conveyer Belt and Receive a Full Body X-Ray

I'm pretty sure this isn't healthy, but hey, why not! As one drunken Norwegian guy found out, taking a nap on a baggage inspection conveyor belt in Rome's Fiumincino airport results in getting a full body scan and a shut down of the airport. Brilliant! Read More >>

Man Stranded In Airport For Four Months Disappears Mysteriously

This man is not Tom Hanks. Or Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian who lived in Charles de Gaulle's Terminal One from 26 August 1988 to July 2006. This guy's name is Parameswaran. He's from Sri Lanka and he was stranded in Caracas' international airport, Venezuela for four months. Read More >>

Airports Will Steal Summer's Heat to Thaw Frozen Winter Runways

The winter months are some of the busiest travel times of the year, but they're also the most likely time for an airplane to be delayed. The culprit? Icy runways. Wouldn't it be nice and efficient if we could take some of the excess summer heat, save it, and use it to thaw out airports in the winter? Some of the busiest airports in the world are considering doing just that. Read More >>

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Where Does My Bag Go When I Check-In For a Flight?

Ever wondered how your bag gets from check-in to the plane and then back out to baggage claim as you jet around the world? Watch this awesome video of a bag checking in at Atlanta, shooting round the conveyors, getting hurled about, hopping aboard a plane and landing ready-for-collection in New York. Read More >>

TSA Stops Stupid Teen Wearing a Purse With a Replica Gun On It

A 17-year-old pregnant teen lost her flight when TSA agents insisted she had to check her bag, which has a replica gun attached to it. For once, I'm going to defend the TSA: this girl is a naff arseclown. Read More >>

Are Kindles Being Killed By Static From Airport X-Ray Scanners?

X-ray scanners shouldn't be able to damage electronics in and of themselves. The amount of energy they use is low enough that, even on their most powerful setting, shouldn't harm your beloved gadgets. So what's killing Kindles going through scanners? Read More >>

The Thames Hub Truly Looks Like the Future

This is the Thames Hub airport, part of an billion-pound project that would include a railway terminal connecting to England and Europe through high speed trains, huge depots and a port. Total cost of this pipe dream: £50 billion. Read More >>


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