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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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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?

Should Russian jet have heeded airspace warnings?

Ben SandilandsNov 4, 2015

Was the Russian Metrojet plane brought down by a missile? And if so, should its operator have known better than to fly that route?

Another missile strike? Unanswered questions in the Metrojet plane crash

Ben SandilandsNov 2, 2015

Last November, airlines were issued with a warning about the possibility of missile attacks over the Sinai peninsula, the site of the fatal crash of Metrojet flight 9268 at the weekend.

Welcome to the Julie Bishop utopian future of air travel

Welcome to the Julie Bishop utopian future of air travel

Ben SandilandsOct 30, 2015

The suggestion that Australia and New Zealand should trial passport less travel using cloud stored biometrics (once we actually master the pathetic state of the current technology) is incredibly dumb.