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FAA Says Yes To Using Devices On Planes, Flights May Offer Wi-Fi

The Federal Aviation Administration has loosened their rules and have now said travelers on planes can use their devices. Now you can watch videos, play games on your pad and listen to your mp3 player. But don't expect to be chatting on your cell phone. A ban on using cell phones for voice communication remains in effect.

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Why Do We Have To Turn Off Our Devices On An Airplane, The Real Answer Not The Myth

When you are on a flight going on a trip, the crew on the plane always ask you to shut off your devices before take off, once you are back in the air you may turn them back on. So, what happens when you leave them on. I secretly left on my pad and ipod and tempted fate the lives of everyone on the plane.

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Lark of Duluth Biplane Crash Lands in Duluth Harbor Near Sky Harbor Airport [PHOTOS]

The Lark of Duluth, a replica float plane that has been in the news lately, crash landed on the bay side of Park Point near Sky Harbor Airport midday Tuesday.

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You Could Be Forced To Pay A “Fat Tax” If Airlines Think You Are Too Heavy

A new cost could be added to your plane travels. Airlines are noticing that more people are overweight, larger people make the airlines have to use more fuel to run their planes. More fuel costs money, so in order to pay for the extra fuel, airlines want the people who are obese to pay their fair share.

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The New Boeing Dreamliner Touches Down At Manchester Airport
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Boss Of Ryanair Says Seat Belts On Planes Are Useless

We've all heard that seat belts save lives. There is proof that if you wear your seat belt in your car your odds of making it through a car crash are greater than if you don't. What about seat belts on planes or trains?

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Why The Cockpit Door On Airplanes Is Open When We Board

Did you ever wonder why the cockpit door is open at boarding but closed during flight?  I once flew out of Buffalo NY. and the plane experienced severe turbulence. There were only two people on the plane, myself and my boss, so I knocked on the closed cabin door, the pilot ( who was also the ticket agent, baggage loader, and steward) obliged my request and left the door open for us.

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Thousands In Taxpayer Dollars Paying For Empty Airline Seats

A new investigation shows the government spends thousands of taxpayer's dollars paying for empty airline seats. The money is being spent on Essential Air Service program which started in 1978 -- when the government was worried the larger airlines would abandon smaller airports.

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Gerard Depardieu Makes Light of His Plane-Urination Incident in New Promo [VIDEO]

Last month, French film star Gerard Depardieu caused quite a stir when he urinated in the cabin of an Air France plane in full view of passengers and crew. The odd story caused even CNN’s Anderson Cooper to have a serious gigglefit while covering it for his ‘AC360′ program.

Now Depardieu, 62, has proven he too has a sense of humor about it.

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Arkansas Man Stops Thieves Robbing His House From An Airplane

File this under the strange but true:  An Arkansas man foiled would-be burglars at his own home while he was flying in an airplane in the sky above.

It was a classic case of being in the right place at the right time

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Your Tax Dollars Pay To Fly Planes Without Passengers

The Essential Air Service Program provides Federal subsidies to operate and maintain airports in rural areas that don't see enough passengers to fiscally keep it open.

The airport at Ely, Nevada is one example:

Federal statistics reviewed...Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107.

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Maricpoa County Sheriff's Office
Maricpoa County Sheriff's Office
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Man Accused of Shooting at Grounded Plane

Arizona resident Randon Reid gave police an early-morning scare Sunday when he reportedly shot at a grounded airplane at the Deer Valley Airport, then quickly fled the scene.

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Watch Lightning Strike a Plane [VIDEO]

Last weekend, an Emirates Airbus 380 was struck by a jagged bolt of lightning as it began its descent into London's Heathrow Airport. Luckily, none of the passengers aboard were harmed, and the plane made it safely to the ground.

Believe it or not, airplanes generally sustain a couple of lightning strikes per year, and are designed so that their bodies act as a conductor, allowing the lightning to pass through without causing any damage.

What made this particular lightning strike different was that it was caught on video. Read on to see this latest jolt from Mother Nature plus other crazy lighting attacks from the past.

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