This Detachable Plane Cabin Could Be The Future Of Airplane Safety

Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias, despite the overwhelming evidence that your chances of dying in an airplane crash are infinitesimally small.

While air travel is an extremely safe form of transportation, innovations to make it even safer are always welcome. Which is why the idea of a detachable cabin, designed by former aviation engineer and crash investigator Vladimir Tatarenko, is so intriguing.

Detach With The Push of a Button

Tatarenko proposes a new airplane design in which the cabin is a separately contained section of the plane, with the ability to detach from the cockpit and wings at the push of a button.

The roof of the detachable cabin contains two parachutes that can carry the cabin to the ground safely after it has detached from the rest of the plane. Inflatable cushions are built into the bottom of the cabin to allow for a (theoretically) soft, survivable landing on water or land.

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Streamline Boarding

Interestingly enough, Tatarenko says his design would not only improve plane safety, it would also streamline the arduous boarding process as well. The detachable cabin would allow travelers to board in a separate area, then be delivered to the tarmac and connected to the cockpit and wing section.

This could speed up the boarding process and cut down on congestion in airport terminals as large groups all board in the same area.

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Will The Design Come To Life?

It’s a fascinating and ingenious concept, to be sure, but as CNN Travel points out, Tatarenko’s vision wouldn’t have an easy transition from a dream to reality.

It would be incredibly costly to manufacture and test the new design, and there are some major issues with the concept itself, such as how the cabin would safely land in a mountainous or urban area (and also, what about the pilots’ safety?).

Still, it’s a creative new way to think about the innovative safety features we might see in planes of the future.

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Thanks to Tatarenko, we have a new concept to daydream about, and a potential (if slightly far-fetched) blueprint for what planes might look like a few decades from now.

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One company released an updated airplane seat design last year that gained some attention. A Colorado-based company called Molon Labe Seating created an ingenious “side-slip” airplane seat design that would improve the boarding process. It would also make flying a bit more comfortable, thanks to the addition of a slightly wider middle seat.

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As shown in the video below, in a typical three-seat arrangement, the side-slip design would allow the aisle seat to slide toward the window seat to create a wider aisle. I’m guessing this would mean everyone with window seats would board first.




In order to make room for the aisle seat to slide over, the middle seat is slightly recessed behind the aisle and window seats. And — bonus !— the middle seat is designed to be two inches wider than traditional airplane seating.

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Do you think the airplane industry needs to do more to update airplane design and improve flight safety?

Additional reporting by Genevieve Lill. 

Skip The Suitcase And Pack In This Airport Jacket The Next Time You Fly

Traveling with luggage has become a big pain. If you’re not fighting for space in the overhead bins (there’s a special place in you know where for people who put their jackets and small carry-ons up there before everyone has boarded), you’re forced to gate check because there’s no more room. And let’s not even get started on checked luggage fees. But now, there’s a jacket that can replace your suitcase, and we’re more than a little intrigued.

Sensibly dubbed the “Airport Jacket,” this wearable luggage makes you sort of look like a lumpy shoplifter, but the purpose is important. Invented by an Australian couple, the Airport Jacket aims to make travel less stressful by eliminating the need for a carry-on bag.

According to the makers of the jacket, it can hold up to 30 pounds at maximum capacity. It has 14 pockets, two detachable compartments and a duffel bag. It can hold a laptop, an iPad, two pairs of shoes, a pair of pants, three T-shirts, two pairs of shorts, underwear, a light sweater, a dress, your wallet, phone, passport AND the 1-quart plastic bag for liquids required by the TSA. Whew.

The Airport Jacket may seem revolutionary, but it’s actually in good company. There have been a number of other online fundraising campaigns to raise money for tricked out jackets and sweaters that purport to make traveling easier.

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The coat, if brought to fruition, will cost $180, but the inventors claim this will be “the jacket that pays for itself.” Since many budget airlines charge an extra fee to put a bag in the overhead bin, this might prove true for travelers who frequent carriers such as Spirit Airlines or the infamous European budget airline RyanAir.

Currently, the Kickstarter campaign for the Airport Jacket is well underway. The project has received $12,000 out of its $76,000 fundraising goal and still has a month left to raise the remainder.

So, would you buy the airport jacket?

Map Shows Which Airports Have Free Wi-Fi All Day Every Day

Not having wireless connection is high on the list of things people don’t like. In such a fast high-speed world most of the time we expect for Wi-Fi to be available.

Home is where your phone automatically connects to the Wi-Fi without any trouble. When you’re out and about there is no guarantee Wi-Fi will be available. The worst part is paying for connection, especially if you’re sitting in the airport patiently waiting for a flight.

After spending money on food and possibly a gift for someone you forgot about, no one truly want to pay for Wi-Fi.

Thanks to Anil Polat, you won’t have those issues anymore.

Travel blogger and computer security engineer, Anil Polat has created an interactive map with Wi-Fi passwords for airports around the world.

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It is regularly updated whenever Polat travels and the world should be thankful for such a map. On his blog foXoMad you’ll find the interactive map which Polat hopes helps people travel smarter.

Though Polat hopes to visit every country in the world, he asks for the help of other travelers.

“This list becomes more useful the more of you who send me passwords you find at airports. If you get any lounge passwords or for other access points, please leave a comment on this post or email me directly,” said Polat.

You can see the interactive map by going on Polat’s blog or by downloading his WiFox map. Don’t worry it’s available for IOS and Andriod devices.

Before you book that flight, check the map to see if the airport you’ll be visiting is on the list.

Here is a huge thank you to Polat for helping travelers stay connected around the world.

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