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Courtney Love: I may have found missing Malaysian plane

Rarely have so much knowledge and so much ignorance melded to produce so much speculation.

Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might be somewhere or nowhere. It might have crashed or been hijacked. Extraterrestrial explanations seem not too far-fetched.

In confusion such as this, what you need is an enterprising attitude and a level head. Unsurprisingly, Courtney Love has stepped in to offer her services.

In a post to her Facebook page, Love says she has participated in the Tomnod challenge to see whether she can scour the seas to find evidence of the plane.

Lo, she believes she might have beheld … Read more

Fake Malaysia Airlines links spread malware

Don't click on any link that says it has shocking video of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. According to multiple reports, links promising resolution for the missing Flight MH370 are scams.

Videos with titles like "Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea -- 50 people alive saved" have spread through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, Wired U.K reports. Malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes Chris Boyd told Wired that links being spread through Twitter originally appeared on Facebook.

The blog Hoax-Slayer.com warned of a fake news link claiming that the Malaysian plane has been … Read more

Malaysia Airlines 777 pops up on Craigslist, and for just $70

Leave it to the Internet to yet again capitalize on a mysterious tragedy for the sake of a scam, a punchline, or both. Reporting on the bizarre disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has bounced all over the place over the course of the past several days, with theories on the fate of the Boeing 777 airliner ranging from a hijacking or terrorism to pilot error and an even wider range of conspiratorial hypotheses.

Fortunately, Crave has tracked down the plane. It's currently for sale on the Vietnam Craigslist for $15 million.… Read more

Apple devices said to get free in-flight movies on United

Word has it that iPhone, iPad, and Mac users will soon get to access more than 150 movies and about 200 TV shows for free when flying on United Airlines, according to Patently Apple.

Come April, the airlines is said to be rolling out an update to its iOS app that will come with the added feature of an in-flight movie service. To get the purported service, users must be running iOS 7. For those with Macs, Patently Apple reports that no app is necessary to get the in-flight service.

The movie service is said to only be available for … Read more

Southwest (finally) rolling out mobile boarding passes

AUSTIN, Texas--Hallelujah!

Southwest Airlines is starting to roll out mobile boarding passes, and for anyone who flies as much as I have over the last few years, this is very welcome news.

I've been here at South by Southwest for the last week, and this afternoon, checking in for my flight home on Tuesday, I was surprised -- and very, very delighted -- to be offered a mobile boarding pass.

I'd not heard of this before, so I did a quick Google check and it turns out that (at least some) passengers in Dallas have had this option … Read more

Boeing 787 battery: Burned again

Boeing says it is working with Japan Airlines to get yet another Boeing Dreamliner 787 up and running after maintenance crew members witnessed smoke coming from the battery Tuesday afternoon in Japan.

A Boeing spokesman said the issue is not related to last year's battery design problem, which grounded the entire fleet for months after batteries on two planes, including one from Japan Airlines, caught fire. Boeing eventually redesigned the battery compartment to address the batteries overheating.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is working with Boeing and the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan to investigate the new battery … Read more

Google poised to shake up airline ticket biz, Ryanair CEO says

Could Google's next project be to revolutionize the way people buy their airline tickets?

That's what Michael O'Leary, chief executive of discount airline Ryanair, said in an interview with the Independent.

O'Leary said he is working with Google on a plan to change how consumers buy their airline tickets. He also said the Internet giant is working on a price-comparison tool that will blow other comparison sites "out of the water."

Ryanair will share its pricing through Google, and the airline is working to be part of the launch, he said.

He added the … Read more

Faster airline boarding? It could be in the bag

The Wright Brothers took a huge step toward solving the problem of man's pesky earthbound nature in 1903. But since then, no one has come up with a fail-safe solution to another persnickety problem related to flight: getting people to board the plane and take their seats quickly and efficiently.

Research carried out at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., aims to change that.

Engineering undergraduate Alexander Kelly and School of Business Professor John Milne ran thousands of simulated airline boardings through a computer model to work out the best way to speed the boarding process. They eventually arrived at a method for planes with three seats on either side of the aisle: each row would be filled by one passenger carrying no bags, one with only one bag, and one carrying two bags, thus distributing luggage more evenly throughout the aircraft. … Read more

Flight makes emergency landing after camera found in bathroom

If you were going to affix a tiny camera in an airplane bathroom, wouldn't you remember to take it down again?

Before, you know, someone found it.

It seems, though, that an unknown person -- for an unknown reason -- taped a camera inside an airplane bathroom on Sunday and left it there.

When it was discovered, the American Airlines 767 plane, which was en route from San Francisco to New York, was diverted to Kansas City, as no one at the time could identify the device. It was feared to be a bomb.… Read more

You're now free to iMessage about the cabin

Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it will begin offering passengers with iOS devices the ability to use iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging system, from gate to gate.

The new service, which will be available to anyone with a device running iOS 5 or later, will cost $2, and work throughout the flight. Southwest is partnering with Global Eagle Entertainment to offer the connectivity.

The airline said it plans to expand the service to Android devices next year.

Southwest offers passengers in-flight Wi-Fi for $8, but it clearly feels that some people want to stay connected with friends, co-workers, or family, … Read more