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Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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You're not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that's OK -- you're not safe anywhere

You're not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that's OK -- you're not safe anywhere

Ben SandilandsFeb 8, 20165 Comments

Should we worry about airport security in the wake of the Somalia plane bombing?

Breaking! Exclusive! (false, year-old) MH370 news

Breaking! Exclusive! (false, year-old) MH370 news

Ben SandilandsFeb 1, 2016

No news? No worries! Just republish false information from last year.

Like Netflix but for air travel? A disruptive (and maybe stupid) way to fly

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 2016

Will people pay more than $2000 a month for unlimited flights between Melbourne and Sydney?

Was MH370 hijacked? The conspiracy theory that will not die

Was MH370 hijacked? The conspiracy theory that will not die

Ben SandilandsJan 11, 2016

It's one of the oldest conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of MH370 -- and one of the most persistent.

Would you believe, they put a man on the moon

Would you believe, they put a man on the moon

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 20151 Comment

The lunar exploration is a real space epic that is quite possibly beyond the comprehension of those who see the world through small hand-held devices obsessed with gastro-narcissism and a fairy floss diet of manipulative social media feeds.

How to avoid being gouged -- or crushed -- in Christmas travel

How to avoid being gouged -- or crushed -- in Christmas travel

Ben SandilandsDec 7, 20151 Comment

Do you go full-service or low-cost carrier? Both have drawbacks. But there might yet be a way to score a reasonable fare for summer travel.

'Fornicate your way to LA': Qantas’ new scheme to get your bits pumping

'Fornicate your way to LA': Qantas’ new scheme to get your bits pumping

Ben SandilandsNov 26, 2015

How Qantas is trying to carve itself a piece of the health insurance pie.

Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! No really, it's a plane

Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! No really, it's a plane

Ben SandilandsNov 18, 2015

Crikey's aviation reporter recalls a schoolyard in 1959 when the first Qantas 707 appeared in the sky -- such a sight it was that it ended a fight, mid-punch.

It is terrifyingly easy to plant a bomb on an airplane

Ben SandilandsNov 10, 20153 Comments

You just have to be the right kind of person ...

US reports suggest on-board bomb brought down Metrojet flight

Ben SandilandsNov 5, 2015

If it was a bomb that brought down the Russian Metrojet flight over the Sinai Peninsula, hwat does that mean for our own airport security?