This Smart Suitcase is Designed to Climb Up and Down Stairs

When it comes to choosing the best piece of luggage for any type of trip, wheels are pretty much essential. While a rolling suitcase can do wonders in lessening the stress you put on your body when you’re forced to drag your luggage from Point A to Point B, there’s one place where all the…

New Technology May Cut Flight Delays Up to 60%

You don’t need a comprehensive understanding of aviation mechanics to know that wind and airplanes aren’t always best friends. “High winds” are one of the most frequently cited reasons for flight delays and cancellations, and headwinds in particular can cause major headaches when it comes time to landing an aircraft. But thanks to a new technology,…

AT&T’s Eliminating Some Roaming Charges in Mexico and Canada

When traveling internationally, it can be a pain to avoid wasting on money on things like foreign transaction fees and roaming charges on your wireless plan. Thankfully, there are alternative options to avoid incurring roaming fees when you’re trying to make calls internationally, such as Google Project Fi and free data in more than 120 countries with…

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…