Today I learned of an attempted plane bombing in 1985 where the bomb went off an hour early, while still in the airport. The perpetrators did not realize that Japan does not observe daylight saving time, so the bomb went off before it made in onboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Dusty Hill from ZZ Top wanted to feel "normal" after their "Worldwide Texas Tour". So he cut his hair, got a job at an airport, went by the name of "Joe" and would go out on Friday nights with coworkers so he could feel "grounded". ultimateclassicrock.com/d…
In 2003, the mayor of Chicago illegally bulldozed the runway of a downtown airport in the middle of the night to create a park. This stranded 16 planes on the ground and required an inbound flight to be diverted. The FAA fined the city $33k - the maximum allowed at the time. aviationpros.com/home/new…
The small town of Walnut Ridge in Arkansas erected a statue to commemorate the 15 minute layover The Beatles took when changing planes at their airport in 1964. huffpost.com/entry/beatle…
Singapore Changi Airport has been rated the World's Best Airport by Skytrax for 8 consecutive years, the first airport to ever do so. It contains an indoor slide, butterfly garden, movie theater and the world's tallest indoor waterfall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The pig on Pink Floyd's "Animals" was an actual 40ft balloon. A marksman had been initially hired on the 1st day to shoot it down, should it break loose--but he was absent on the 2nd. That day, it broke free and flew into Heathrow Airport's airspace, resulting in all flights being cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
Michael Jackson planned an ultimately-cancelled Las Vegas residency in 2005, and among one of the plans was a 50-foot MJ robot that would roam the Nevada desert visible to tourists entering from their airport and was meant to advertise his show mtv.com/news/1618999/excl…
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that disperses substances into the air to increase precipitation (rain or snow) and serve as hail and fog suppression. It is widely practiced around ski resorts and airports. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Today I learned of Jack Gilbert Graham, who stashed a bomb in his mother's suitcase before she flew in order to collect from a life insurance policy that he had bought from an airport vending machine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Musician Gram Parsons wanted his body cremated and scattered at Joshua Tree, but his family arranged for him to be buried in Louisiana for financial reasons. His friends, drunk and assisted by an unwitting police officer, stole his body from the airport and burned the casket themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
CNN pays airports to show news on their TVs. It's not normal CNN but a special version that excludes any stories about plane crashes. rd.com/advice/travel/why-…
The owner and only resident of this ghost town in Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc…
There are 2 graves on the Savannah-Hilton Head airport runway. β€œAt rest,” says one marker, β€œGone home to rest,” the other. thestate.com/latest-news/…
Many stores - including shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, cruise ships, airports, and more - play elevator music because it can psychologically make buyers to shop longer and browse items more easily. elevatorhistory.net/eleva…
Jimmy Carter's brother once urinated on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries. valiantspirit.com/apps/pa…
There was a test several years ago where 70 undercover agents tried to sneak bombs or guns through US airport security; 67 succeeded abcnews.go.com/US/exclusi…
The Goodyear blimp is the official bird of the town of Redondo Beach, California, where its home airport is located tbrnews.com/news/redondo_…
Today I learned of John Smeaton, an airport worker who kicked an attempted suicide bomber in the nuts. He would later be awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Billy Carter, Pres. Jimmy Carter's brother, not only had a beer named after him, but once pissed on an airport runway in full view of the press and dignitaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
Today I learned of the "Battle of London Airport" in 1948, where the officers of the "Flying Squad" learnt of a plot to steal bullion from the airport by drugging the guards. In response they replaced the guards and pretended to be drugged, then awoke leading to a violent fight with all criminals being caught airportstransfer.com/inde…
Michael Caine legally changed his name because he got sick of airport security delays caused by his passport bearing his birth name, Maurice Micklewhite. It took him until he was 83 years old to get wound up enough. theguardian.com/film/2016…
Barra Airport where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway and during high tide the runways are under the sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Graham Nash wrote β€œJust a Song Before I Go” in 20 minutes when a friend bet him he couldn’t write a song before his ride to the airport arrived. It became Crosby Stills and Nash’s highest charting song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
Today I learned of Sir Alfred from Terminal 1, who lost his documents and lived in an airport in France for 16 years. Born Iranian, overtime he completely adopted a new persona: the British Sir Alfred. Because of this new identity, he never claimed his recovered documents and continued living in the airport. theguardian.com/film/2004…
At the 1999 US Open, Phil Mickelson’s caddie wore a beeper the whole tournament awaiting a message that Phil’s wife was about to go into labor with their first child. Phil also had a private jet on standby at a nearby airport to get to the hospital for the birth. pgatour.com/news/2014/06/…
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the busiest airport in the state of Texas. The airport spans more than 17,000 acres and is bigger than the island of Manhattan airport-technology.com/fe…
The worst air disaster in aviation history was actually on the ground in Tenerife in 1977 between two Boeing 747's (KLM And Pan Am). The disaster was influenced by many factors ranging from human error and bad weather conditioning to a bomb explosion in the originally destined airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
Today I learned of an incident in which an extortionist claimed a nuclear weapon had been hidden in Boston. A team of nuclear experts rushed in, but their radiation detection gear arrived at the wrong airport. The FBI then rented vans to carry detectors around the city, but forgot to bring the required tools. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuc…
Today I learned of Airport Novels. Originally designed for railway travellers, they are fast paced boilerplate fiction novels mostly sold at airports, read for pace and plot not elegance of phrasing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The airport in which "The Terminal" was shot was a massive failure. Traffic predictions were grossly overestimated, the highways to link it to MontrΓ©al were never built and its terminal was insulated with asbestos. It hasn't received passengers since 2004 and the terminal was destroyed in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
In 2013 a New Jersey man used an illegal GPS jammer on his pick-up, blocking his location from his employer. Unfortunately, it also disrupted a ground based aircraft position system at Newark Int., as he often drove near the airport. He was fined by the FCC almost $32,000 and fired from his job. nj.com/news/2013/08/man_f…
From the 1950s until the 1970s, vending machines were used at American airports to sell life insurance policies covering death, in the event that the buyer's flight crashed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
Almost All Canadian IATA Airport Codes Start With The Letter "Y" onemileatatime.com/canadi…
There is a store in Alabama where you can buy items found in unclaimed airport baggage insider.com/unclaimed-bag…
In 2019, a flight bound for Malaysia was abruptly forced to turn around after a mother on board forgot her baby at the airport. travelnoire.com/plane-tur…
The character of Tom Hanks in The Terminal(2004) was inspired by the real life of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian national who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport from 26 August 1988 until July 2006. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meh…
Will Rogers World Airport, in Oklahoma City, is the only airport in the world to use the word "World" in its name - despite not having any international flights en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a man who lived at Terminal 1 at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, France for 18 years. His story was the inspiration for the film "The Terminal" (2004) traveldailynews.com/post/…
In the 90s, "Cheers" lookalike bars were built in airports across the county, complete with animatronic patrons inspired by Norm and Cliff, which triggered George Wendt and John Ratzenberger to sue for copyright and trademark infringement. vinepair.com/articles/air…
There are three airports differently named after the same person. John Paul II KrakΓ³w, JoΓ£o Paulo II Airport and Bari International Airport-Karol WojtyΕ‚a en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian who lost his passport and was stranded in Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years. laughingsquid.com/man-who…
Two days before the 1976 Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport to rescue hostages, Idi Amin allowed one of the sick Jewish passengers to be taken to a local hospital and allowed her to stay there after receiving treatment but sent a squad to murder her when he felt humiliated by the Israeli action time.com/5189413/7-days-i…
On 9-11 immediately after US airspace was closed, Canada implemented "Op Yellow Ribbon" & landed 250 US bound flights with 45k passengers in 14 smaller airports across the country. Canadians in communities such Gander (10k) also welcomed up to 6,000 stranded passengers into their homes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Operat…
Pilots departing from California's John Wayne Airport are required by law to cut their engines and pitch nose down shortly after takeoff for about 6 miles in order to reduce noise in the residential area below. avgeekery.com/whats-rolle…
The bassist of the band Explosions in the Sky (famous for the Friday Night Lights soundtrack) got detained in an airport post-9/11 when "This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow” was found written on his guitar. The phrase was coincidentally on the album artwork of their latest release right before 9/11. austinchronicle.com/music…
Till 2016 Michael Caine's legal name was Maurice Micklewhite. He legally changed it to Michael Caine because of the rise in airport security checks. Airport security guards know him as Michael Caine but his passport had a different name which made him wait hours. theguardian.com/film/2016…
A robot once boarded at LAX airport, with a valid German passport and a ticket to Frankfurt popularmechanics.com/tech…
Liverpool's John Lennon Airport has a sculpture of a yellow submarine displayed on its premises. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…

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