10 Essential Apps to Help You Survive Holiday Travel

The holidays are almost upon us, and while it’s wonderful to spend these special moments with friends and family, traveling on these peak dates can often be a nightmare of delays, crowds, lines and bad moods. In order to help you stay sane out there, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino pulled together a list of some…

How Does In-Flight Wi-Fi Really Work?

Wi-Fi access has become an expected feature when flying for either work or pleasure. Using Melanie Wynne’s The Future of Inflight High-Speed Wi-Fi as a launching pad, new TPG Contributor Rick Mitacek, operations manager of an avionics modification team, takes a closer look at the technical side of Wi-Fi in the sky. (All photos by the author, unless otherwise…

Teenager’s Invention Improves In-Flight Air Quality

High school senior (and TED Talk contributor) Raymond Wang has invented a device that can significantly improve air quality on airplanes — and recently won $75,000 for his efforts. New TPG Contributor Ellen Boomer interviewed Wang to get the lowdown on his plans to make you feel healthier at 35,000 feet. Air travelers may soon breathe easier, thanks to 17-year-old…

Insider Series: How Airlines Brighten Up Your Flight

As part of our Insider Series, TPG Contributor “Ray Lumen,” an aviation lighting designer, provides a glimpse into how light and lighting play a part in your flying experience — and what airlines do to improve it. When you’re on board a commercial aircraft, light and lighting both have significant roles to play in your air travel experience. They could make you…

Insider Series: How ATC Tracks Planes Flying Over the Ocean

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 explains the basic principles of separating aircraft and how controllers keep planes apart — despite not being able to see them. In my very first installment of the Insider Series,…

Insider Series: How Do Air Traffic Controllers Help Planes Avoid Bad Weather?

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 guides us through what it takes to keep planes — and their passengers — safe in all kinds of weather. On August 7, 2015, Delta flight 1889, an Airbus A320 flying from…

5 Awesome Tech Tips to Try on Your Next Flight

Do you dread stowing your electronic devices for travel — and miss them when they’re gone? New TPG Contributor Dan Nainan, an Intel engineer turned world-traveling comedian, shares five of his most treasured tech secrets for maximizing your time on planes. 1. Share your Wi-Fi connection with all your devices, and with your seatmate. Let’s say you…

FAA Approves Gogo’s Next-Generation 2Ku In-Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo announced this week that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA — the final requirement needed to launch its next-generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. That means this faster in-flight Wi-Fi, which Gogo originally announced last April and has already installed on a 737-500 test plane, is now cleared for in-flight testing and is expected to…

This Airport is the First in the World to be Entirely Solar-Powered

India’s Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala recently announced that it has become the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power. On August 18, the airport inaugurated a 12-megawatt solar power plant comprised of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the airport’s cargo complex. The array should…

T-Mobile Plans Now Include Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico

If you’re a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer, you are now free to roam about the continent. Beginning July 15, T-Mobile is extending coverage and calling across the US, Mexico and Canada for all Simple Choice customers at no extra charge, according to the latest “Un-carrier Amped” announcement from the company. This new move, called Mobile…