crime
Ring of Thieves Pulls Off Huge Luggage Heist at LAX

You probably don't realise it, but hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods pass through airports every day inside of passengers' baggage. Well, a ring of baggage handlers at LAX certainly realised it. Police say they've been stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods right out of people's suitcases for months. Read More >>

transport
Take a Tour Through the Mother of All Airports

In a city of controversial historic buildings, Berlin's massive Tempelhof Airport is one of the most embattled. This aging, elegant behemoth served as a hub for the Nazis and, later, for the Berlin Air Lift. Now, it's the focus of major development plans—and PBS just got a look inside. Read More >>

photography
Stark, Beautiful Photos of an Abandoned Greek Airport

Ellinikon International Airport, located in Athens, Greece, was shut down in 2001. The site has been left partially intact while development plans take place, and photographer Alexandros Lambrovassilis has been revisiting the site for years to document its remains. Read More >>

security
Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down in US airports. They pat you down. They take away your hard-earned things. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of American national security. Read More >>

security
All the Crazy Stuff People Tried to Bring on Aeroplanes Last Year

The USA's airline security service, the TSA, screened 638,705,790 passengers in 2013, and as we learned last year, if you look deeply within the possessions of that many people, you're gonna find some weird stuff. Tonnes of weird stuff. Here's a rundown of the craziest objects TSA found in 2013. Read More >>

wtf
West Midlands Couple Book Holiday Flights from the Wrong Birmingham

Birmingham Airport. That's probably in Birmingham, right? Must be. Clue's in the name. Problem is, there's also Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama, which is where a couple from the West Midlands booked their flights to the Caribbean from. They got the wrong Birmingham. They wanted the one with the Wetherspoons in Terminal 1. Read More >>

architecture
Check Out Mumbai's Sparkling, Slum-Bordered New Airport Terminal

It's been almost three decades since Mumbai's airport saw a renovation—a long time, for a city that's seen some of the fastest growth in the world. But on Friday, officials unveiled an £540 million terminal, filled with Indian art and high tech architectural acrobatics. Outside, it's bordered on all sides by poverty-stricken slums. Read More >>

transport
Passenger Jet Pilot Panicked by UFO Over Heathrow

The pilot of an Airbus A320 was thrown into a panic while flying 20 miles west of Heathrow, telling authorities he saw a metallic "cigar/rugby ball like" object and "was fully expecting to experience some kind of impact with a conflicting aircraft." But nothing happened. So it was probably a goose or kids sending their phone into space on a balloon. [Telegraph] Read More >>

aircraft
Boris Island Sinking as Airport Commission Favours Expanding Heathrow or Gatwick

Boris Johnson's dream of building himself a little island in the Thames Estuary or outsourcing all of London's flying needs to Kent appear to be in trouble, thanks to the Airports Commission deciding that whacking a new runway in at Heathrow or Gatwick ought to keep the country competitive until 2030. Read More >>

science
Why We Renumber Runways When the Earth's Magnetic Field Shifts

The FAA can make the rules about air travel in the US (god no inflight calls, please), but it's still beholden to the whims of earth's shifting magnetic field. Runways are named after their compass orientations to help pilots navigate. A changing magnetic field, however, means they now have to be renumbered. Read More >>

transport
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 >>

airplanes
Boing 474: The Chinese are Now Knocking Off the US' Airplanes

Chinese manufacturers are experts at knocking off just about anything, from "Rat Ban" sunglasses and "Wee" gaming consoles to, yes, "HiPhones." But now it looks like they're very close to copying another American export: They're bootlegging their Boeing 747s. Read More >>

collection
12 Radical, Unbuilt Airports From 100 Years of Air Travel

As you curse the rat's nest of terminals, walkways, and people movers of whatever transit hub you're using to get home this week, it's easy to forget how extraordinarily sophisticated the average airport is. They're works of art, really—but they're nothing compared to the airport concepts artists have dreamt up over the last 100 years. Read More >>

google
Google Street View Now Shows You the Inside of Airports

To make your holiday travels easier, Google Street View now takes you inside 16 international airports and over 50 train stations around the world. So don't worry about finding the baggage check using archaic methods like looking at signs. Now you can map it! Read More >>

architecture
Six New Mega-Airports That Will Compete For the Title of World's Busiest

In October, Dubai's massive new airport—World Central Airport Dubai—cleared its first commercial flight. It's expected to become the world's busiest airport, but, with plenty of other contenders quickly taking shape in Asia and the Middle East, it's going to have some stiff competition. Welcome to the mega-airport boom. Read More >>

wtf
60 Per Cent of Heathrow T5's Light Bulbs Have Blown Since 2008 and Haven't Been Changed

Thanks to the high and curved design of Heathrow's terminal 5 building, your average, everyday maintenance man or janitor simply isn't able to reach the light bulbs up there in its glassy roof. So a team of specialist climbers has been hired to brighten up the gradually dimming departures area. Read More >>

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