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


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]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]