Transportation

Many of us take public transportation or fly in airplanes on a regular basis, but have you ever wondered how all of these things work? This collection of transportation articles help explain how people get from place to place.

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Will the FAA Ever Regulate Legroom on Commercial Planes?

Airlines keep cramming in more and more seats, making flying nearly unbearable for some. But does that also make it unsafe?

Got a Drone? Learn the Laws Before You Take Flight

You better know the rules before you get out and fly your drone or you could end up violating FAA regulations.

HowStuffWorks Illustrated: How Physics Helps Animals Fly

HowStuffWorks explains how physics helps animals get airborne.

'Tree-niner-fife': The Global Language of Pilots

Pilots on international flights use Aviation English, a stripped-down, specialized version of the language, to communicate with air traffic controllers.

If Cars Have Shoulder Seat Belts, Why Not Airplanes?

Commercial flight is extremely safe. But could it be even safer if airplanes had shoulder harnesses instead of lap belts?

Should We Be Jittery About Train Travel?

Train crashes are in the news lately, but are our fears justified?

State-issued IDs May No Longer Be Enough to Board U.S. Flights

Your license is good enough for you to drive, but is it good enough to get you on a plane?

Atlanta's Airport Disaster Sounds Aviation Alarm Bell

What does Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's massive power failure tell us about U.S. infrastructure and vulnerability?

Will Drones Replace News Helicopters?

Camera-equipped commercial drones are cheaper and require less training. Is it time to say goodbye to your local eye-in-the-sky traffic reports?

Flying, On-demand Taxis Are Taking Off

And in less than a decade they could save you from being stuck in heavy traffic.

When Your Face Is Your Boarding Pass

It's happened to all of us. You're at the front of the line, about to board, when you realize you can't find your paper boarding pass. Or it won't pull up on your phone. Facial recognition technology could change that — and help with security, too.

Could Google's Sergey Brin Help Speed Along the Coming Airship Revolution?

The Google co-founder is reportedly is building a giant airship that to deliver humanitarian supplies and double as a flying yacht. He's not the only one with an eye to the sky.

How Do Airline Pilots Know Turbulence Is Coming Up?

Predicting turbulence isn't an exact science, but airline pilots use a variety of tools both high-tech and low before asking you to buckle up.

A First for Airports: Flapping Robo-falcon to Scare Away Birds

A drone bird's the word at Canada's Edmonton International Airport.

Climate Change Will Likely Increase Airplane Turbulence

New atmospheric analysis shows that a changing climate will make both common and severe turbulence significantly more likely in decades to come.

Will Circular Airport Runways Ever Take Off?

Dutch researchers are proposing banked, continuous runways to handle traffic more efficiently and take up less space.

Drones May One Day Help Honeybees Pollinate

Honeybees could get help pollinating crops in the future from an unlikely source: drones.

Yes, Airlines Are Shrinking Space Between Your Face and the Next Seat Up

It used to be that air travelers complained about not having enough legroom. But with airlines jamming more seats into planes, there’s less room for their heads, too.

Supersonic Travel Could Be Coming Back

And it could be even faster and quieter than all you jet-setters are used to.

Flexible, Bendable Wings Could Put a New Twist on Air Travel

An airplane wing that can change shape depending on the conditions would increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

Who Rides Passenger Trains in the U.S. These Days?

In 2015, the U.S. population numbered 320 million, but less than 10 percent of those people rode the rails. So who does?

10,854 Cases of People on Planes Acting Like Humongous Jerks

A new airline industry analysis confirms incidents of air rage have increased by 16 percent in a single year.

Ditching: How Pilots Like 'Sully' Sullenberger Land Planes on Water

As "Sully" debuts in U.S. movie theaters, we ask aviation folks how exactly a pilot can successfully and safely land a plane on water.

Benevolent Drones: Is a Future Without Land Mines Just a Decade Away?

Land mines can pose a threat long after a conflict they were part of is over. A new drone project could offer a way to safely and inexpensively eliminate the explosives.

Using Drones to Train Hunting Falcons in Dubai

Falconry has a long history in Dubai, but that doesn't mean they won't embrace new technology to improve their birds.


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