What took so long is an issue for another day, but the FAA has finally acted to keep electronic cigarettes and lithium ion batteries out of checked baggage. Why? No, it’s not because Americans will pack airplanes by the millions this Thanksgiving. It’s because e-cigs can catch fire.
Lasers are actually an old, but an alarmingly increasing, problem, particularly as the price of very powerful lasers has dropped to as low as $20 and they are readily available online and anonymously.
Two particular technologies are often of great interest to the National Transportation Safety Board whenever they investigate the collision between a vehicle and a train: the effectiveness and application of the crash energy management technology, which can use a number of different technologies to dissipate and absorb the force of impact, and Positive Train Control. Positive Train Control is intended to be a system that will allow PTC signals from many sources to communicate with each other. PTC is designed to stop train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by speed violations and other unauthorized movements.
I’ve never heard of this airline. How do I know it’s safe? The easiest answer to that question is also the simplest: If you haven’t heard of the airline you are about to book, perhaps it’s better to step back and search for an airline you HAVE heard of.