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…