The Twitter message from New York Times editor Damon Darlin came minutes after the Federal Aviation Administration began a news conference announcing a change in policy on electronic devices on airplanes. Darlin pinned the credit for switch to a Times reporter. "And thank you Nick Bilton," his message to me read.
Many, many people are like Bilton, Darlin and company, thrilled that the FAA has promised to streamline "the approval of expanded PED use by giving airlines updated, clear guidance." Though each airline will continue to decide for itself, how and when it will allow passengers to use PEDs, the FAA is making it clear, it won't be an obstacle anymore. Within hours, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue filed for FAA approval of expanded use of gadgets on their flights.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
|New safety video photo courtesy Virgin America|
Monday, October 28, 2013
|Tight shot of airplanes taken from a long, way off.|
Saturday, October 19, 2013
|An Air India 787 in Charleston, SC in 2012|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|Photo courtesy Times of India|
Boeing is confirming that a section of the underbelly of an Air India Dreamliner came off during landing, though spokesman Doug Alder will not say whether the plane is the newly delivered VT-ANO, as the Times of India reported, or a Dreamliner delivered ten months ago.
The panel "was recovered at the airport," Alder said in an email, reiterating what he said when the story was first reported that there was no safety of flight issue.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Boeing feels today watching Tesla defend the lithium ion batteries powering its cars.
Tuesday (while I was writing a nice little feature for the Times about a Tesla S as wedding coach) a similar sedan caught fire in Washington state, a roaring blaze captured on video by a passing motorist who spontaneously opined "Oh, s--t dude, that's a brand new car!"
He then adds, "Wow, I can feel the heat in here." That may be the more significant statement which I will get to in a moment.