Posts Tagged ‘air travel’

Bird-Killer ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Forced to Retire by Audubon Society

March 3, 2010

Bird-Killer 'Sully' Sullenburger Forced to Retire by Audubon Society

Pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, infamous for an airborne goose slaughtering episode, retired Wednesday. Bird watchers claim the powerful Audubon Society pressured him to stop flying.

Captain Sullenberger has more leisure time now, and is expected to spend much of it hunting and roasting waterfowl. 

Bird-Killer 'Sully' Sullenburger Forced to Retire by Audubon Society

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Full-Body Scanners: Old Technology

January 5, 2010

Full-Body Scanners: Old Technology

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is considering mandatory use of full-body scanners for examination of passengers boarding at all airports. Here’s one reason: TSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Michael Chertoff, former DHS director, is a shill for a body-scanner manufacturer.

While use of airport body scanners may not actually prevent acts of terrorism, purchasing them is sound public policy. When airports discard the useless machines, they can be re-sold to hospitals and clinics at a discount, which will dramatically reduce the cost of medical imaging.

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Flying Home

December 30, 2009

Flying Home

If you are flying home after the holidays, please be aware that more stringent airport security measures are now in effect.

Details here, here, here, and here.

 UPDATE:Underpants of Mass Destruction.”

Hat tip: Erika Niedowski, Washington City Paper.

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Distracted Flying

October 27, 2009

Distracted Flying

The pilots of Northwest flight 188 told the National Transportation Safety Board that they were so engrossed in their personal laptop computers they lost track of time and overshot Minneapolis airport. A flight attendant on the Airbus A320 finally got their attention an hour later.

Work can be so boring sometimes you’ve just gotta surf the Web.

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da Vinci and Air Travel

October 25, 2009

da Vinci and Air Travel

Reexamination of the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1452 –- 1519) shows that the Renaissance artist and engineer anticipated many aspects of modern aviation, including excess baggage fees, inflight movies, and air-sickness bags.

 

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