It’s a short holiday week, which means we’ve got to mix it up. This week, we’re thankful for you, dear readers, who follow us through the strange vicissitudes of the car business. You are curious; you are tolerant; you are mostly kind, at least on Twitter. So please be gentle with me as I introduce the theme of this car roundup, which is holiday plane travel.

For this greatest of travel weeks, we’re reviewing all the juicy, fun here-to-there stories we wrote in the last year or so, about building the most audacious flying machine ever, about staying healthy on your next flight, and about surprisingly safe airport Wi-Fi. We’ve got some important plane travel gear. Plus, an update on what you’re missing if you’re not in a private jet. (Maybe it’s better if you just don’t look.)

But holiday travel happens by car, too, so come get a taste of what would happen if we built our roads for holiday traffic (nothing good), or what a cross-country ride looks like, courtesy of Google StreetView. Safe travels, friends, and see you next week.


Travel stories you might have missed from WIRED

Canceled Flight Activity of the Week

Also works if you get snowed in! John Collins is “The Paper Airplane Guy,” and he would like to show you how to design, fold, then fly world record-breaking paper airplanes. If your flight can’t be airborne, perhaps your paper airplane can.

Stat of the Week

54.3 Million

The number of Americans that will travel 50 or more miles from home this Thanksgiving, according to AAA’s annual forecast. That’s a 4.8 percent increase over last year, and the highest Turkey Day travel volume since 2005. Good luck out there!

Required Reading

News from elsewhere on the internet

In the Rearview

Essential stories from WIRED’s canon

“I used the CTX 5500 to keep bombs off your plane. I also go elbows deep in your underwear.”




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