by Stephanie Farris
Those airline warnings not to bring Samsung Galaxy Note7s on the board the plane will finally be coming to an end. The FAA said last week that U.S. airlines would no longer be required to make a pre-boarding notification to passengers that the phone is prohibited from transport on aircraft. The devices are still prohibited on both passenger and air cargo aircraft, but the DOT has lifted the requirement that the airlines make the specific pre-boarding notification. It would be hard to find one now. Samsung claims to have recalled all but 4 percent of. Soon they will only be seen in the Museum of Corporate Blunders.
Tech Company Develops Solution to Airline De-Icing Requirements
Mother Nature can be a serious issue for airlines, which must struggle to remain on schedule without putting passengers at risk. TKS Technology has created a new strip that could be placed in vulnerable areas of a plane to de-ice wings before takeoff. The strips are drilled with tiny holes pumped full of ethylene-glycol. The technology could help airlines meet new FAA icing requirements, which took effect January 5, 2015.
Alaska Airlines Announces Free In-Flight Text Messaging
Alaska Airlines is winning attention for its recent announcement that customers will be allowed to send free text messages while in air. Called Free ChatTM, the Gogo powered service lets passengers send messages through Wi-Fi messaging services like iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Standard text messaging won’t work because it relies on a phone’s data services, which still must be disabled while airplanes are in flight.
How a New Microscope Could Make Airplanes More Secure
Airport security could become more precise and efficient with the invention of a microscope that detects micron-size particles. The device could be used to quickly locate microscopic amounts of suspicious materials in airports and other high-security venues. Today’s security professionals rely on metal detectors and X-ray scans, which can only detect the presence of weapons. This technology could be used to quickly locate evidence of a bomb.