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Airline pilots are often exhausted. christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
How much is your backpack and the laptop that it contains worth to you? Nicola/Flickr

Lessons from the Moscow airport crash: your luggage or their lives

More than 40 people died in the May 5, 2019 crash, and reports indicate that passengers taking luggage with them may have slowed the evacuation. So what do we need to do to stop such behaviour?
Just because an airport looks impressive doesn’t mean it functions well. AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

In ‘airports of the future’, everything new is old again

Big lines and long distances to walk have plagued airports since the dawn of the jet age. New designs and technologies haven't helped much, even if they're visually impressive.
Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot? Skycolors/Shutterstock.com

Your next pilot could be drone software

Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
An EgyptAir plane disappeared from radar en route to Egypt from Paris. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Is commercial aviation as safe and secure as we’re told?

Only six percent of airline accidents in 2015 included fatalities. A security expert argues that a more accurate risk assessment of airline travel would take into account close calls.

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