The masters of search are reportedly attempting to bump up their flight accommodations to the highest level possible via a massive Google airport.
We've seen futuristic airport ideas for London before, and now here's a proposal to create a floating airport on the surface of London's River Thames Estuary. The proposed "London Britannia Airport" would not be built on reclaimed land added to the center of the river, but rather with buildings and runways tethered to the seabed.
They say it's hard to find good help these days, and apparently that's especially true at New York City's three main airports: officials are paying an arm and a leg to install virtual assistants that can help direct travelers.
This concept (from NASA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) is called AMELIA, which stands for Advanced Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics. There are two relevant bits there: "extreme lift" and "improved aeroacoustics," and both of these things come from mounting jet engines on top of the aircraft's wing instead of underneath.
Every year, Fentress Architects sponsors a global challenge for students to explore "future design possibilities in public architecture," where the winner gets cash, a paid internship and a part in a major museum exhibition. The 2011 challenge asked students to share their ideas for airports of the future, and the results are in, featuring floating islands, circular runways and zeppelins.
Upscale accents aside, Britain is apparently at risk for being rendered, um, impotent by the rest of the EU. Or that's what Lord Foster, an actual Lord and the guy in charge of design firm Foster + Partners, thinks. His solution? A $80 billion artificial island, airport, rail hub, tidal barrier, power plant and "utility spine" just south of London.
The most brutal thing about flying is having transfers at airports. Trying to get a quick power nap in airport seats is tough to do, especially with all the noise around you. Enter the Sleepbox — a personal, rentable, portable box with a bed and outlets to juice up your gadgets.
Okay, this is pretty cool: satellite views of 6,000 airports around the world. The one pictured above is Atlanta's busy Hartsfield Jackson airport, but there are literally thousands more, so check em out. If you're looking for specifics, you can...
The Chinese are building a new airport just outside of Beijing, because the other two giant airports they have in the area just can't keep up with demand. When it's finished, it'll be the largest airport in the world by far, at approximately the same size as the entire island of Bermuda.
Being told your plane is about to board could get a lot more pleasant, if other airports around the world follow France's lead. Paris's Orly airport is testing virtual boarding agents using what officials there are calling "2-D holograms."