In order to make use of fields that can't be legally built on, airports are turning to beehives. European airports use the bee products to monitor pollutant levels, with Malmo airport's data consistently showing levels of heavy metals, volatile organic hydrocarbons and polyaromatic hydrocarbons well below European… » 2/20/15 4:30am 2/20/15 4:30am

The Tattered, Haunting Remains of Abandoned Airports

You've seen where airplanes go to die, but what happens to the airports we abandon? They slowly fall to pieces, like the ones in this gallery, looking like sad monuments to a future that never happened. » 7/28/14 5:00pm 7/28/14 5:00pm

The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. » 7/08/14 1:00am 7/08/14 1:00am

These Are the Floating Airports of Our Dreams

The Avengers dazzled us with the airborne Helicarrier — but if some visionary designers had had their way, we could have had airplanes landing on structures high in the air. Airports raised above cities, airports floating on the water... the 20th century had many schemes, but no success. Check out some of the wildest… » 8/01/13 3:31pm 8/01/13 3:31pm

Holograms could soon replace airport workers

Meet AVA — the airport virtual assistant stands ready to help you out in Newark and La Guardia airports, and soon JFK. This virtual guide, also called a hologram virtual assistant, is created by projecting onto a six-foot-tall human-shaped piece of plexiglass. » 8/10/12 2:56pm 8/10/12 2:56pm

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NASA envisions neighborhood micro-airports to let travelers bypass…

In the future, highway traffic won't make you miss your flight; just grab a bus to the air taxi field down the street, then take a pre-flight flight to the airport in an autonomous Suburban Air Vehicle. » 12/18/10 12:30pm 12/18/10 12:30pm

The whimsical inner city airports that never came to pass

Your average metropolitan airport is on a desolate tract of land far from the city's center. But that doesn't mean past urban designers didn't try to incorporate airfields into cities' layouts. Here are some fanciful urban aerodromes of yore. » 8/02/10 1:41pm 8/02/10 1:41pm

This Is Your Body At The Airport

This isn't concept art for Dr. Manhattan or CG work for a nude android — it's the body of a random man, walking through an airport scanner. You won't meet the person viewing this ultra-revealing image, but still. » 10/13/09 2:20pm 10/13/09 2:20pm