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Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft: reports

WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea, media in the United States reported Thursday, citing US officials. NBC News reported that the US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission in international airspace Wednesday when it was intercepted over the East China Sea by two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft. The WC-135 is a so-called "sniffer plane" designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity. NBC said the crew…

Laptops, tablets on airplanes: what’s the threat?

WASHINGTON: The United States and Britain have banned laptops and tablet computers from passenger cabins on certain airlines' flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, citing terror threats.  Why this measure now? Normally, decisions taken by American authorities and implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are the result of specific threats identified by US intelligence agencies, Jean-Charles Brisard, president of the Center for Analysis of Terrorism told AFP.…

VIDEO: Do you know about secret rooms in aeroplanes?

Most of you have been frequently travelling via planes – but did you know about secret rooms where the flight attendants hang out? Hardly any of us realize that cabin crew also needs rest and recess during flights as they always seem to be around. But, they actually have a secret room. On certain flights, staff sleep in a cabin situated right above business class - the highest point in the plane. The stairs that lead to the cabin are hidden in a door situated right behind the cockpit. The cabin can hold up to…

US bans recalled Samsung Note 7 phones from airplanes

WASHINGTON: US officials Friday banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes, saying anyone attempting to travel with the recalled handsets may face fines and have the devices confiscated. The South Korean electronics giant has recalled all Note 7 phones, including replacements, following reports of exploding batteries and fires, which have led to numerous injuries. Samsung has also stopped producing the flagship handset. But it remained unclear how many consumers have continued using the phones despite the…