What we’re reading: Air passengers aid yachtsman rescue, bomb-detecting airport gate, inside an airline’s HQs


Air Canada airliner crew, passengers help locate yacht stranded off Australia

Passengers and crew aboard an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney are credited with helping to rescue a stranded yachtsman.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority was investigating the signal from an emergency beacon activated at 8:15 a.m. local time Tuesday morning, and wanted help confirming the GPS location.

Flight crew and passengers aboard the Air Canada flight, peering out the windows from an altitude of approximately 6,000 feet, helped locate the yacht 275 nautical miles east of Sydney.

High-speed bomb-detecting airport boarding gate unveiled

Hitachi unveiled a prototype of a high-speed bomb detecting boarding gate for airports.

Basically, as the passenger swipes their boarding pass on the gate, a short puff of air is blown on their hand to lift and collect minute particles that are then analyzed for explosive compounds.

Inside the world’s top airline headquarters

Some of the world’s airline headquarters aren’t simple office buildings. They can contain classrooms, meeting rooms, and, in the case of Cathay Pacific, a museum.

Cathay Pacific City: Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

The 72,000-square-meter mini city, which includes a hotel, health club, museum, flight training center and three office towers, as well as retail shops and a food court, opened in 1998.

(Photo: BriYYZ/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Tim

    About the bomb-detecting boarding gate: so it blows air across my hand to check for explosives (or the compounds) as I get my ticket scanned to board the plane. However, the hands that created the bomb then wrapped it up and placed it in my bag for me are hundreds of miles away, so I test negative…

    Did I miss the logic in using this machine?