I just got off of a long flight and come home to news that the FAA wants to ban laptops and other lithium-ion battery devices from check-in luggage on international flights.
Well, this is kind of exciting. I am now TSA Pre-Check approved. Also, today I found out that Virgin America Elevate points expire. Bummer.
One of the things that stuck out to me the most from this really interesting video is the fact that planes still go "dark" from any sort of communication with towers or airports over long distances. I mean, don't we live in an age where we can solve this issue? Isn't this precisely the reason why planes like MH370 have not been found? I find it both alarming and fascinating that we haven't invented some sort of system for this yet. What are the real hurdles here?
I was reading a news story today about the Southwest Airlines flight that experienced an unfortunate engine failure during flight. The story is scary enough but the photo is truly something else. But don't worry! It turns out that commercial airplanes are stress tested and certified to fly with just one engine.
In the video above, Boeing demonstrates how a 787 Dreamliner can actually fly just fine with 1 working engine. And if that wasn't uncomfortable enough for you, maybe you'll enjoy the two videos below that show a Boeing 747-8 going through some rejected take-offs and mid-air stalls. FUN TIMES!