Flight Delayed? You Can Listen to Air Traffic Control Updates From Your Phone

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When your flight is delayed and you're stuck sitting in your seat on the runway, you may not get as many updates as you want from your pilot about what's going on. But there's another way to get the details on your flight status: As Thrillist alerts us, there is an audio feed that allows you to listen in on the air traffic control channel almost in real time, while you're still on the plane. (Assuming you're allowed to use your cellular data/plane Wi-Fi, that is.)

LiveATC provides audio streams of air traffic control radio feeds for 1200 airports across the world. (Some countries prohibit streaming this audio, so not every airport's feed is available.) Through the app, you can either find a nearby airport—the one you're already sitting at, perhaps—or browse all the feeds to check out what's going on at an airport hundreds of miles away. You just need to know the ICAO airport code (which is slightly different from the more recognizable three-letter abbreviation that appears on tickets and baggage tags, like LAX or JFK), or you can pick an airport out from the interactive world map.

You can usually choose between several different feeds coming from different towers across the airport, picking between arrivals and departures, north and south towers, and various other options, depending on the airport's setup. For the uninitiated, it might be difficult to figure out what's going on in the feeds—pilots and controllers talk fast and use terminology that the average traveler probably isn't familiar with—but it's nonetheless a fascinating glance at what's going on behind the scenes while you're sitting there dreaming of that upcoming in-flight beverage service.

You can listen for free online at LiveATC.net, or download the app for $3.99 for iOS or Android.

[h/t Thrillist]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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