The FAA is Hiring 1,400 New Air Traffic Controllers

Flying just wouldn’t be the same without air traffic controllers. They’re the people in charge of directing aircraft into and out of airspace, in addition to keeping millions of people safe every year. Now, the FAA has announced that it’s hiring more than one thousand people for these important positions. Earlier this week, the FAA announced it’s…

FAA Changes Could Mean More Options, Cheaper Flights at Newark

Airport slot restrictions are used to control the flow of flights in and out of certain airports to ensure there aren’t too many departing or arriving at the same time. These restrictions only happen at high-capacity airports like JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) in New York and Reagan National (DCA) in Washington, D.C. The FAA distributes slots to airlines…

US Senator Pushes for Airplane Seat Regulations

Seat size and pitch is always a hot topic, and now the federal government is considering getting involved. Today, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt chats economy seating with Chuck Schumer, one of the US Senate’s most outspoken traveler advocates. Airplane seats in the economy cabin have always been tight, but at least they used to offer enough…

Insider Series: Could Computers Replace Human ATC?

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our “Insider Series,” he talks about the limitations of technology and how you shouldn’t plan on computers replacing the human element of aviation anytime soon. Between 1970 and 2014, the worldwide number of passengers…

E-Cigarette Causes Fire on Hawaiian Airlines Flight

Update: Initial reports stated that smoke had reached the cockpit of the aircraft. However, an airline employee confirmed that the smoke was contained to the cargo compartment. If the FAA (or an airline employee) tells you not to do something, you should probably listen up. Earlier this week, Hawaiian Airlines flight 226 from Honolulu (HNL) to Kahului…

The FAA Is Requiring That All Drones Be Registered

Technology has forced both the government and airlines to take action in an effort to make the skies safer. Last week, several airlines banned passengers from bringing hoverboards on board because of safety concerns. And this week, it’s not something onboard aircraft that’s causing the concern, but instead it’s gadgets flying outside that’s spurred the attention of the…

FAA Downgrades Safety Rating for Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination for both its big cities and small towns. However, flying to the Southeast Asian country on one of its airlines might become more difficult in the near future. The FAA announced this week that it lowered the country’s aviation safety rating to Category 2, meaning it lacks either laws or regulations necessary to…

Flooding at Austin Airport Still Wreaking Havoc on Flights

Last Friday, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport received a record amount of rain, causing most flights in and out of Austin to be cancelled. Nearly a week later, the airport is still reeling from the damage done that day. TPG Contributor JT Genter reports from Austin on the current situation and what you can expect if you…

FAA Eases Rules on Portable Electronic Device Use in Flights: Changes Could Come As Early As November 1

Today the FAA officially approved a measure to allow passengers to use more electronic devices during taxi, takeoff and landing, though each airline will need to follow guidelines and roll the changes out once they are fully prepared. Devices like iPhones, iPads, Kindles, DVD players and headphones may remain on during taxi, takeoff and landing…

FAA Recommends Allowing The Use Of Electronic Devices During Take Off and Landing

Yesterday, the members of the FAA advisory committee held a closed-door meeting to discuss the use of electronic devices during flights. It was agreed upon that passengers should now be able to use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other electronic devices during take off and landing as long as they are in airplane mode. Airplane…