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These Rainbow Skytrails From Airplanes Are Absolutely Spectacular

I wonder where the pot of gold is in this case? Wherever it is, these visuals make up for the lost windfall. These are some absolutely incredible images of various planes from all over the world creating incredible artwork in the sky. Though conspiracy theories abound regarding contrails, it seems they are simply guilty of providing us with some amazing photographic opportunities. Michael Marston is a Brisbane-based photographer who has been posting these images to his social media, to viral acclaim.

Photographer takes pictures of amazing rainbow chem-trails off of planes to spectacular effect
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No More Snakes On A Plane: New Rules For Emotional Support Animals

Picture this: you're walking down the aisle in an airplane and when you find your seat, there's a turkey sitting next to it. Or a pig. Or a monkey. It sounds like a comedy routine, but it isn't. In the past few years, there has been an unprecedented rise in people having 'emotional support animals', particularly when traveling on airplanes. While any step towards improving mental health is applauded, there have been many incidents involving emotional support animals on airplanes that really don't belong there. We can't blame these untrained animals for acting the way animals act, but we can question the laws that allow them on board. With new regulations from the US Department of Transport, things are about to change. We discuss these changes below, and whether they are for the better or the worse. 

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Woman Live-Tweets Airplane Flirtation Straight Out Of A Romcom

Every now and then we witness something or hear a story that crushes our pessimism and makes us believe that true love is real. Rosey Blair was on a flight home with her partner when she bore witness to one of these exact situations. And lucky for everyone at home, she live-tweeted the entire, nauseatingly cute experiences. 

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youtuber adam saleh lashes back at delta for accusing him of faking racist flight removal
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Yesterday, we posted that YouTuber Adam Saleh— who is known, in part, for a recent airport security-related hoax — was allegedly thrown off of his Delta flight for speaking Arabic. Since then, both he and Delta have responded. 

via @omgAdamSaleh

While Saleh maintains his position, Delta has claimed that he was removed because "he sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior."

via @TheOfficialSal

However, as many were quick to point out, whether or not this is a prank, Islamophobia on planes and other places remains a very serious and prevelant issue. 

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Call off the search party, we might have found her. 

That's right, scientists believe that they may have found the body of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean and the woman at the heart of one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Missing for nearly 80 years, Earhart has long been thought to have died in a plane crash in 1937, but new evidence has revealed that she may have landed safetly and died as a castaway on the island of Kiribati. 

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The development in the case came when re-analyzed a partial skeleton found on the Kiribati in 1940. While these bones had been ruled out in the 40s, scientists now say that these bones were “consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin.” More recently, anthropologist Richard Jantz noticed that the skeleton's forearms were larger than average. Of course, without Earhart around to measure, determining the size of the pilot's forearms would be difficult. 

Analysists at TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) used photograpic analysis to determine the size of Earhart's forearms. What'd they discover? The estimated size of Earhart's forearms and the size of the skeleton's were nearly identical. 

Case closed? Well, not exactly. It doesn't definitively prove what happened to Earhart, but it's definitely something. 

Read TIGHAR's full report here

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In Russia, plane rides you.

A UTair flight froze to the ground at Igarka airport in Siberia on Tuesday, and passengers had to get out and push the 30-ton aircraft to get it moving again.

One of the men in the video is heard saying: "Real men can plant a tree, build a house, and push a plane," according to the Siberian Times.

The temperatures in the region above the Arctic Circle hit below 52C, and the brakes froze because they used the wrong kind of grease.

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Researchers have identified "with a high degree of certainty" that this piece of metal found in 1991 was a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, which disappeared July 2, 1937.

According to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 77 years ago, the aluminum sheet is a patch of metal installed on the Electra during the aviator's eight-day stay in Miami, which was the fourth stop on her attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
If true, based on where the metal was found, it would mean that Amelia Earhart didn't crash and rather "the two became castaways and eventually died on the atoll, which is some 350 miles southeast of Howland Island."

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Apparently, the plane wasn't actually on fire. The cold air from the A/C was condensing the moisture in the cabin air, making it look like a smoke-filled cabin.