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(Gizmodo)   The future of flight: still only one complimentary beverage, but sex and spas galore   (gizmodo.com) divider line 23
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2013-11-29 04:44:52 PM
The future of flight: after they gang-rape and torture you at the security checkpoint, they amputate you at the pelvis, wrap you in Saran wrap, stack you 10 deep in a cargo hold, then fly you to your destination where you get dumped into an open field from 10,000 feet.
 
2013-11-29 05:07:20 PM
Haha, "but sex"
 
2013-11-29 05:17:30 PM
FTA:  Today, Flamingo Air, a Cincinnati based carrier, serves up an hour in the air for you, your partner, a complementary bottle of champagne, and a "very discreet pilot," all for $425.

Flamingo Air operates Piper Cherokees.  The pax area in the back is tiny (like most GA craft).

images.globalair.com

Spend the 400 bucks on a nice hotel room instead.  You can be there longer than an hour, and your appendages won't be kicking the back of the pilot's seat while you're doing it.
 
2013-11-29 05:18:28 PM

NateAsbestos: Haha, "but sex"


They give you buttsecks now. You only need to ask the TSA agent nicely.
 
2013-11-29 05:25:00 PM
Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.
 
2013-11-29 05:27:24 PM
Please, they're gonna pack us in there like slaves on a ship headed to Georgia in 1790.
 
2013-11-29 05:34:18 PM
Luxuries?  Id settle for the legrooom they show in a couple of those photos...
 
2013-11-29 06:18:04 PM
Future of first class, maybe. Meanwhile, back in coach...

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/ if only we could lay down. If only.
 
2013-11-29 07:03:28 PM

Nick Nostril: Future of first class, maybe. Meanwhile, back in coach...

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/ if only we could lay down. If only.


And since they're wearing diapers, you know the bathroom is out of order...again...
 
2013-11-29 07:43:57 PM
That one drink happens be a a roofie-colada with a helping of LSD. Step in, strap down, take off.
 
2013-11-29 08:01:44 PM
Lay down beds are nice. It's the only way I cross the Atlantic now. Eat, drink, sleep, eat breakfast, land and jump into the rental car.

The Concorde was nice because it was *quick*. Seats had lots of legroom, but were narrow for first class seats.
 
2013-11-29 08:11:45 PM
I came here for the but sex.
 
2013-11-29 08:17:47 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.


because the Concorde guzzled an insane amount of fuel, and NIMBYers kept it from reaching it's full potential.
 
2013-11-29 08:19:59 PM
Took an Airbus A320, newer one on United from Newark NJ to Austin TX and the leg room was great.  Much better than the late model 737's I'm used to on that route.  I'm 6'1".

What got me is that I'm the super duper TSA pre-check list aka "I'm not a terrorist I swear!" list, and I STILL got randomly selected to be swabbed.  The dude was nice enough about it, but I was just annoyed I was on the special list, and I ended up being delayed more than if I stayed in with the regular line.

Swabbed my hands for explosives.  Because terrorists never heard of latex gloves.  Plus he stole my damn lotion.  My lotion got put in the TSA basket.  Yet I got to keep my 12oz container of saline solution, which I easily could have filled with...a soda, or wine or something.

Anyway, to conclude, the new A320's on United are pretty good and the TSA staff at ABIA is polite and tries to joke and be polite if you are "selected."  The guy said it was because I was handsome.  He was old....wait, I think I WAS violated.
 
2013-11-29 08:34:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.


Try kidnapping Elon Musk and Richard Branson and locking them up in a cage until they produce a magnetic launch transatlantic LEO shuttle. That ought to work.
 
2013-11-29 08:40:54 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969?


Because the ocean is still as wide as it was in 1969?
 
2013-11-29 08:43:12 PM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: What got me is that I'm the super duper TSA pre-check list aka "I'm not a terrorist I swear!" list, and I STILL got randomly selected to be swabbed.


Well, it wouldn't be very random if they didn't, now would it?

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.

because the Concorde guzzled an insane amount of fuel, and NIMBYers kept it from reaching it's full potential.


1) its
2) I know, but my point is more that some technologies peak faster than others, mostly because the energy requirements for travel stay the same and the energy content of our fuels stays the same
3) Information processing requires very little energy, and it took decades for our technology to get small enough to match
4) Which is why it makes no sense to invoke computers getting better as some sort of counterexample to the fact that no one will be living on Mars, which is what Space Nutters do every time

MrEricSir: Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.

Try kidnapping Elon Musk and Richard Branson and locking them up in a cage until they produce a magnetic launch transatlantic LEO shuttle. That ought to work.


We'd get a 50 page preliminary report assuming dozens of non-existent technologies and some nice renders out of it for sure.
 
2013-11-29 08:47:25 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.


Well for one thing, they're largely still flying planes built in 1969.

Though the newer Boeing and Airbus that Air Canada is using seem to be almost an hour faster between YYZ and LHR than the older models on that route.
 
2013-11-29 08:55:01 PM

Caeldan: Though the newer Boeing and Airbus that Air Canada is using seem to be almost an hour faster between YYZ and LHR than the older models on that route.


A whole hour in 40 years? My God, the stars ARE our destination!
/Note: sarcasm intended for the jellyheaded few that still think the "species" (ie rich white middle-aged men) will colonize the universe
 
2013-11-29 09:17:58 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.


Transonic Drag Rise, your friendly local affiliate of the Laws Of Physics (tm):


soliton.ae.gatech.edu


Translation: it's farking expensive to go faster than about M = 0.85 (747 cruise speed)
 
2013-11-29 10:04:31 PM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: Took an Airbus A320, newer one on United from Newark NJ to Austin TX and the leg room was great.  Much better than the late model 737's I'm used to on that route.  I'm 6'1".

What got me is that I'm the super duper TSA pre-check list aka "I'm not a terrorist I swear!" list, and I STILL got randomly selected to be swabbed.  The dude was nice enough about it, but I was just annoyed I was on the special list, and I ended up being delayed more than if I stayed in with the regular line.

Swabbed my hands for explosives.  Because terrorists never heard of latex gloves.  Plus he stole my damn lotion.  My lotion got put in the TSA basket.  Yet I got to keep my 12oz container of saline solution, which I easily could have filled with...a soda, or wine or something.

Anyway, to conclude, the new A320's on United are pretty good and the TSA staff at ABIA is polite and tries to joke and be polite if you are "selected."  The guy said it was because I was handsome.  He was old....wait, I think I WAS violated.


United?  Just be glad you weren't flying with a guitar.
 
2013-11-29 10:07:45 PM

EddyKilowatt: Quantum Apostrophe: Why does it still take the same amount of time to cross the ocean as it did in 1969? Computers got better, I demand that every technology scale at the same rate.

Transonic Drag Rise, your friendly local affiliate of the Laws Of Physics (tm):


[soliton.ae.gatech.edu image 569x285]


Translation: it's farking expensive to go faster than about M = 0.85 (747 cruise speed)


Physics is for pussies. Computers got better is all I know, therefore I expect every technology to scale at the same rate, "physics" and "reality" be damned. I grew up watching sci-fi starships and that's what I want.
 
2013-11-30 12:04:01 AM

DarkVader: White_Scarf_Syndrome: Took an Airbus A320, newer one on United from Newark NJ to Austin TX and the leg room was great.  Much better than the late model 737's I'm used to on that route.  I'm 6'1".

What got me is that I'm the super duper TSA pre-check list aka "I'm not a terrorist I swear!" list, and I STILL got randomly selected to be swabbed.  The dude was nice enough about it, but I was just annoyed I was on the special list, and I ended up being delayed more than if I stayed in with the regular line.

Swabbed my hands for explosives.  Because terrorists never heard of latex gloves.  Plus he stole my damn lotion.  My lotion got put in the TSA basket.  Yet I got to keep my 12oz container of saline solution, which I easily could have filled with...a soda, or wine or something.

Anyway, to conclude, the new A320's on United are pretty good and the TSA staff at ABIA is polite and tries to joke and be polite if you are "selected."  The guy said it was because I was handsome.  He was old....wait, I think I WAS violated.

United?  Just be glad you weren't flying with a guitar.



No problems...Don't get the hate.  But it was just two flights nonstop.  My biggest gripe was the guy next to me wanting to talk.  "So, a lot of guns in TX?"
"Yup, got my guns n ammo magazine right here!" which I really did have.  Ugh, some people.
 
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