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Physics Revisited : Can A Passenger Open An Airplane Door In Flight?

Given the news that an Alaska Airlines passenger was arrested yesterday at Portland International Airport after attempting to open an emergency exit door on-board Alaska Airlines flight 132, from Anchorage, this seems like a good time to revisit the issue of aircraft doors being opened in-flight. Can a passenger open a jet airliner’s door in…

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Gov’t Wants To Fingerprint Travelers Leaving The U.S., Why It’s A Bad Idea

Yesterday the United States Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-to-5 in favour of an amendment, as part of immigration reform, to require the finger printing of all foreign travelers departing the United States.  The bill, proposed by Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), implements biometric tracking of foreign travelers under the Department of Transportation in three phases.  …

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Delta’s Rationale For Denying Media Access On ‘Worldport’s’ Last Day … Fear

For months I had planned on documenting the last day of New York JFK International Airport’s Terminal 3 operations, the former Pan Am Worldport, on the 23rd of May 2013.   After back and forth emails Delta Air Lines declined my access to the historic terminal last week, as well as other media outlets interested in…

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A Historic Chapter In Aviation Closes & It Won’t Be Documented

In less than one week the former Pan American Airways Unit Terminal Building, more commonly known as the Pan Am WorldPort, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, taken over by Delta Air Lines in 1991, and now simply known as Terminal 3, will cease operations after 53 years. .   JFK’s iconic Terminal…

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Routehappy Aims To Make Passengers Happier

Booking flights is essentially the same from one online travel agency to another online travel agency. There are some unique online travel agencies, such as Hipmunk, but now Routehappy has entered the fray with a different approach.   Routehappy’s goal is unique, to assist travelers in choosing their flights based on the quality or experience…

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Why “Big Cameras” Aren’t A Threat To Security

It recently happened to me again, just as it has before … and just as it has happened to many other photographers before.  I was stopped while shooting photos with my “pro gear” while people stood around me snapping photos with point and shoot cameras and their mobile phones without anyone giving them a second…

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Gunman In Houston : Shootings, Airports & Security Threats

The headline of “Lone Gunman Opens Fire & Commits Suicide” is becoming all to frequent. Major headlines have most notably occurred in the past few months in movie theaters and schools. Today another headline appears in the same manner, but inside an airport terminal and the only victim was the gunman.   While details are…

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Southwest Airlines Shows The Puppy LUV

Over the years I have come to believe that you don’t deal with Southwest Airlines, you encounter Southwest Airlines. The airline is not so much an airline, or even a company, as it is a culture.  While Southwest Airlines is a company, that is also an airline, the very people that make up the airline…

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Travel Channel’s Airport 24/7 Miami … Season Two Premiers TONIGHT!

Last year Chris Sloan, television producer, aviation geek, founder of archive.com and 2C Media, brought viewers of the Travel Channel into the world of Miami International Airport (MIA) with season one of Airport 24/7 Miami.  While Airport 24/7 Miami is billed as a reality show the reality is that it is more a documentary look…

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TSA Delays Changes To Prohibited Carry On Items & It Makes No Sense

Later this week, on the 25th of April, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was all set to adjust its list of prohibited items allowed to be carried into an aircraft cabin, including small pocket knives, golf clubs and certain types of bats, however these changes have now been delayed.   In an e-mail from TSA…

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