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An illustration of Virgin Orbit's "Cosmic Girl" airplane with an orbit-capable rocker, LauncherOne, strapped to its wing.

Virgin Orbit successfully dropped a rocket from a jumbo jet and ignited it, but its launch failed due to an ‘anomaly’

Virgin Orbit's first rocket launch failed due to an unexplained problem after it had a "clean release" from the Cosmic Girl jumbo jet.
Some airport purchases are better than others.

The best and worst things to buy at an airport, according to flight attendants

These frequent flyers told Insider that you should never buy bottled water or alcohol, but should take advantage of some of the duty-free products.
A Hi Fly Airbus A380.

The world’s largest passenger plane just completed a 4-day trip around the world trip delivering medical supplies. Take a look inside Hi FlyR...

The Airbus A380 operated by Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly has returned to service to assist in humanitarian efforts related to COVID-19.
Air traffic in April 2019, left, and air traffic in April 2020.

Photos of the New York City night sky taken one year apart illustrate how the coronavirus pandemic has affected air traffic

Eran Bendheim took photos outside his Manhattan window in 2019 and 2020 and they show how the coronavirus has changed air traffic.
A line of aircraft awaiting take-off.

The 7 most important safety differences between US and overseas airlines the average traveler completely misses

What may be permissible on a US airline may not be the case for one overseas as each country and airline decides its own rules for air travel.
A line of aircraft preparing for take-off.

The 10 shortest routes global airlines flew in 2019

Driving isn't always an option as underdeveloped geographically isolated regions depend on aviation to connect cities and provide vital lifelines.
Virgin Orbit's modified "Cosmic Girl" jet airplane will soar the "Launcher One" orbital rocket to a mid-flight launch.

Virgin Orbit will soon use its modified Boeing 747 to launch satellites into orbit using a rocket strapped to the wing — here’s how it wor...

The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 turned Virgin Orbit aerial launch platform aims to give companies an easy way to launch satellites into orbit.
Seat pockets on planes are writhing with germs.

The gross reason why you shouldn’t use the seat pockets on a plane, according to a flight attendant

With the spread of COVID-19, it's a good idea to stay informed so you can travel as hygienically as possible.
The novel coronavirus outbreak has taught me some new lessons about traveling in Asia.

I’ve taken 6 flights in a month throughout Asia as the coronavirus spreads — here’s how the outbreak forced me to change how I trave...

In the last four weeks, I've taken six flights throughout Asia – half domestic, half international. Here is what I have learned.

Some travel influencers are afraid their globetrotting careers are in peril, as the coronavirus outbreak cancels plans and isolates them abroad

The coronavirus has now hit more than 82,000 people. The resulting fear has led to a global shortage in face masks and an economic meltdown.