Increased Carry-On Sizes

Since the dawn of the airline industry, people have needed a solution for transporting their belongings on flights. And while a fair amount of luggage and belongings can be taken and stored in the bowels of the plane. But what about the more fragile belongings that we want to bring with us? This is exactly where carry-on baggage comes into play. We can bring our smaller luggage with us and store it into the overhead compartment. Unfortunately, however, most times, the standard carry-on sizes on most major airlines still do not quite cut it. But, two airlines are looking to change that.

According to a recent report from TravelSkills.com, two major American airlines have expanded their accepted carry-on sizes. Virgin America is now accepting carry-on luggage with dimensions of 10x16x24. To put that into perspective, most major airlines only allow carry-on luggage with the dimensions 9x14x22. That may not sound like very much on paper, but when you are already stressed because you have just waited for what feels like hours in baggage check-in and security screening and are concerned about whether or not your carry-on can fit into the overboard compartment, those few inches absolutely make a difference.

For all of you frequent flyers, if Virgin’s new dimensions sound like a dream come true for your bulky laptop bag or suitcase, Alaska Airlines is going a step further. With a whopping 10x17x24, Alaska Airlines is certainly the leader in spacious carry-on sizes. To make matters even better, Alaska recently announced that Virgin, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, would be implementing the newer, more spacious sizes soon.

The newer, more generous dimensions can be attributed to Alaska and Virgin’s new Airbus fleet that comes fully loaded with over-sized overhead compartments.

While I certainly understand how this news may seem strange or miniscule to those of you who do not fly very often or have carry-on luggage, but for those that do, it is almost life saving. This will certainly win Alaska and Virgin some well-deserved bonus points from travelers.

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Biometrics in Aviation

I’ve mentioned before the growing interest in technology that our society has taken. Augmented and virtual reality are both taking the video game and entertainment industry by storm, autonomous driving and electric vehicles are the focal point of the automotive industry and almost every adult in the world has a smartphone either in hand or in their pocket. Technology has breached every market and industry in the world, and the airline industry is no exception.

 

Obviously, a major issue with both the airline and aviation industries is safety. We have all flown on an airplane at least once in our lives and we all know how nerve-racking or stressful the process can be, and that’s without worrying about your own personal safety. It seems as if technology could offer solutions to these problems. Biometrics are the latest trend to sweep the airline industry.

 

What are biometrics?

 

Biometrics are, in essence, the use of technology or computer software and hardware to authenticate and identify human information. Some of the most popular examples of biometrics include fingerprint scanners, facial recognition and voice recognition. And this is exactly the same technology that is being implemented in airlines across the world.

 

Just recently, JetBlue Airways announced that it will utilize biometrics sometime in June for passenger identification, specifically in Logan International Airport in Boston and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba. And if that wasn’t enough, Delta Airlines has also begun testing biometrics in the form of fingerprint scanning. This has been reserved specifically for its Delta Sky Club Members, but the technology could make its way to the economy class.

 

This technology can not only help greatly increase security, it can also improve speed and efficiency. One of the largest gripes against airports is the infuriating amount of time it takes to simply get to the gate. With biometrics, passengers can go through check-in and security screenings much faster than before, due to either fingerprint or facial recognition, thus making the process much less stressful.

 

Technology has certainly proved to be a boon to human society, and biometrics is just another way that it is helping create a smoother, faster and more efficient society. And as somebody who travels quite frequently, I am more than thrilled for the possibilities.

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Electric Airplanes: The Future of Aviation

 

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“Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats, we appreciate your patience as we refuel the plane,” might become a phrase of the past. Being replaced with “as we charge the batteries,” is seeming more likely each day. Two startups are beginning to dip their toes in electric airplanes, and they are confident, thanks to the support of some major airlines, that their vision will shortly become a reality.

 

Less than a month ago, young company, Zunam Aero announced their projections for a fleet of electric planes to be born in the next decade. However, international travelers shouldn’t get their hopes too high, as the company is only looking into getting their roots in domestic travel, specifically within a 700 mile, or less, travel distance. Their planes will likely seat only 10-50 people and have a key objective of reducing traffic in highly-populated areas. Zunum Aero’s efforts are currently being backed by Boeing and JetBlue, and their parent role includes hooking investors early enough to stay ahead of any technology curves to come along during the process.

 

In addition to creating a faster travel experience, the electric planes are guaranteed to better the environment as a whole. According to MIT Technology Review, the aviation industry is responsible for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the entire country of Germany. By even cutting down impacts of fuel for one region of the world, better air quality conditions become more likely. Additionally, planes running on electricity create much less noise than those running on fuel, providing the ears of residents living near airports some relief.

 

As there are with any new concepts or inventions, the companies looking to delve into electric airplanes will face some obstacles. Having a plane that operates solely on batteries will rely heavily on the proper weight and distribution of every aspect of the model. As many of you know the battery in our cars or smartphones get easily overheated when using a great amount of energy. This being said, maintaining a relatively cool battery temperature is crucial in the process of bringing the electric airplanes to life.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, aviation has drastically changed in many ways throughout its century-long lifespan. With the serious reality of electric airplanes making waves, we can only expect to see these developments continue as the years go by. With the benefits that will come from battery powered flights, I truly hope this industry becomes successful in its initial growth period.

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Living Rooms on an Airplane?

 

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Fold down service, a gym, a spa, and a living area. You probably think I am describing hotel accommodations, right? Wrong. Those features are likely going to be seen in the near future aboard international flights. Of course, all of these luxuries are going to come at a steep price, and those willing and able to pay up can kiss away the days of difficult flying experiences.

 

For those in the airplane design industry, most upgrades and changes are made in the first or business class cabins, providing the high-rollers a more accommodating flight. The Daily Mail reported that quite a few firms have begun the innovation process for making airplanes feel more like hotels, especially for the 1%. One of the designs includes six, suite-style accommodations with an armchair or couch that changes into a double bed, a 42 inch TV, and even a “smart in-flight service system”, which helps to predict wants and needs of the passenger. Though some companies, such as Singapore Airlines have already launched the suite concept, the design and enhancements being made by these design firms are beyond any current flying experience.

 

An additional concept being considered is the idea of creating more amenities for fliers to enjoy during their air time. By creating a split-level design, the cabin will provide areas for lounging, dining, and entertainment enjoyment on one floor and private relaxation or sleep rooms on the other. New Territory, a design firm that developed the business class section of an Aero Mexico aircraft which includes a self-service bar and snack grabbing area, has truly become an innovator for new air travel scenarios.

 

New Territory has recently launched a completely different design concept called the “Aerobus Transpose.” The basic idea behind the unique model is the ability for a flight to never have to make drastic changes to its interior design. With removable “pods” compiling the internal structure of the planes, the number of suites or coach seats can be adapted almost instantaneously to personalize each flight.

 

As everything in our ever-changing world begins to adapt to new and improved technologies, the way we travel can never become an exception. Although most of these luxury flight experiences come with a hefty price tag, I would hate for anyone eligible to pass up the opportunity to explore the skies in such a lavish way. I am extremely enthusiastic to see the direction in which air travel adapts as our society continues to evolve!

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