Planes could give tobacco the thumbs up


Don’t expected to see the “smoking permitted” light to flash the next time you fly.

But Boeing does hope to make tobacco part of regular flights.

The aircraft manufacturer is working on biofuel experiments. A new type of tobacco seeds may provide the jet fuel of the future, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

The plant, which is being grown in South Africa, produces oily, nicotine-less seeds that can be converted into aviation biofuel,  according to SkyNRG, the company that’s working with Boeing and several airlines, including Air Canada, Qantas and KLM.

Read more here and here.


Photos: Malaysia Airlines flights eerily empty


malaysiaflightWhen one of your passenger planes goes missing and another gets shot down by a rebel group, don’t expect to sell a lot of tickets.

Ricardo Goncalves, a business reporter and host on Australia’s SBS World News, tweeted this picture of a recent flight on Malaysia Airlines.

It looks like the company sold about three tickets in coach/biz. You think at the very least the airline would have moved them into First Class as happened here:


Well, at least you don’t have to worry about your plane being diverted because passengers are bickering about reclining the seat, as happened on a United flight to Denver on Sunday.

h/t Mashable


Maps: Deaths caused by road crashes vs. cancer


A study released this month by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute compares deaths from vehicle crashes with other leading causes in 193 countries.

Two takeaways: 1) Don’t move to Europe if you want to avoid cancer. 2) Move to a small spot with fewer highways to stay alive on the road. (Duh!) Continue reading


Age of the automobile is over, reports say


Americans don’t rely on their cars like they used to, according to a study by Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

“Trends suggest that motorization in the U.S. might have reached a peak several years ago,” Sivak says.

His isn’t the first study to reach such a conclusion. “The Driving Boom — a six decade-long period of steady increases in per-capita driving in the United States  — is over,” the U.S. Public Interest Research Group bluntly declared last year. “The Millennial generation has led the recent change in transportation trends,” its report on 21st century transportation found. Sivak himself has shown in previous research that young people are less likely to drive. They’re not buying cars, either.

Using Sivak’s latest analysis and figures from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of 2012, 24/7 Wall St. has provided a list of the 10 cities where residents are driving least … Continue reading