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A podcast for people who are curious about the wide world of aviation. Join the FAA as we nerd out about the future of flight, drones, and ways to make the National Airspace System safer, smarter, and more efficient.
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The Air Up There Federal Aviation Administration

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    • 4.7 • 63 Ratings

A podcast for people who are curious about the wide world of aviation. Join the FAA as we nerd out about the future of flight, drones, and ways to make the National Airspace System safer, smarter, and more efficient.
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    Zen Traveler: Tips for Mastering Air Travel Stress

    Zen Traveler: Tips for Mastering Air Travel Stress

    Flying can be an exciting adventure, but for many, it comes with an unwelcome companion – stress. Whether it's a fear of flying or the anxiety of navigating busy airports, managing stress is a very real part of air travel.
    In our latest podcast episode, "Zen Traveler: Tips for Mastering Air Travel Stress," we spoke with Tampa International Airport’s CJ Johnson, who shares helpful tips for navigating stress at the airport. For example, did you know that many airports offer guided tours in advance of a flight to help familiarize travelers with the airport environment to ease stress on the day of travel?
    Plus, we talked with Kendra Blackett-Dibinga, a world traveler and owner of Bikram Yoga Works yoga and wellness studios who shared practical stretching and breathing exercises that you can even do while seated on an airplane, and how mindfulness can help us all be more conscientious travelers.
    Tune in for their expert advice on soaring above stress and anxiety during air travel.  With some preparation and yoga-inspired techniques, you too can elevate your travel experience.
    Inhale, exhale, and meditate on this final episode of Season 5 of "The Air Up There." Don’t forget to share this episode with your friends, family, and colleagues to give them new tools for reducing stress on their next flight.


    • 12 min
    Fly Safe With Lithium Batteries

    Fly Safe With Lithium Batteries

    Watts all this talk about lithium batteries and why are they such a hot topic when it comes to flying? You might be shocked to learn that everyday items you pack in your travel bags contain lithium batteries that can cause cabin fires. Your cell phone, laptop, tablet, and smart watch all have lithium batteries and can be potential fire hazards. On the positive side, you have the power to reduce these risks.
    Now that we’ve sparked your interest, listen to our latest podcast episode, “Fly Safe With Lithium Batteries” to learn more about these hazards and the steps you can take to protect yourself, fellow passengers, and the aircraft. 
    Robert Ochs, Manager of the Fire Safety Branch at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, offers insight into what causes lithium batteries to overheat and danger signs to look for when flying with your lithium devices. Then Jay Sorah, FAA Transportation Specialist, provides tips for safely packing lithium battery powered devices and the importance of packing them in your carry-on versus your checked bag when you fly.
    We charge you to think about safety when it comes to traveling with lithium battery powered devices. Pack safe, know the signs of a battery failure, and take the proper precautions to reduce risks. Be the conduit to sharing this important safety information with your traveling friends, family, and colleagues and visit www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe.


    • 17 min
    It’s Sunny. Why is My Flight Delayed?

    It’s Sunny. Why is My Flight Delayed?

    Your alarm clock just went off and you’re rushing out the door to catch your flight. You check the weather and the flying conditions are perfect where you are – it’s about to be a great day. Yet, you check your airline reservation and… your flight is delayed? Why?
    Tune into our latest podcast episode, “It’s Sunny. Why is My Flight Delayed?” to discover why your flight might be delayed at your departure airport even when the weather seems fine. Plus, learn what rights you have as an airline consumer when weather is the cause of your flight delay or cancellation. 
    USA Today's weather expert, Doyle Rice, provides tips for what you can do when booking your flight to avoid weather-related flight delays. And Blane Workie, Assistant General Counsel from the Department of Transportation's Office of Consumer Protection, has information about your consumer rights, airline guarantees, when to file a consumer complaint, and how the department uses that information to improve your flying experience.
    While you can’t control Mother Nature, you can take steps to minimize her potential impact on your travel plans. Remember, stay informed, plan ahead, and know your rights as a consumer. Share this episode with friends, family, and colleagues so they, too, can know what to do when bad weather strikes.  
    Fly.faa.gov – Flight information from the Air Traffic Control System Command Center.FAQ on Weather DelaysNational Airspace System Status – View closures, ground stops, and delays.How to File a DOT Consumer ComplaintDOT Airline Customer Service Dashboard

    • 16 min
    International Air Travel Tips: Spread Your Wings

    International Air Travel Tips: Spread Your Wings

    Hello. Bonjour. Hola. Ciao. Nǐ hǎo. Now that you’ve learned how to say hello in multiple languages, you’re ready for international travel!
    Wait – maybe not just yet. Do you have a passport? How long does it take to get a passport? What are the security and entry requirements for international travel? Do you know about the programs that can make your journey through the airport and into other countries seamless? If you’re up in the air about any of these questions, tune in to this podcast episode! Tune in to hear from experienced world traveler Kristin Stadum, an FAA employee who just returned from South Africa, Andres Rodriguez, the U.S. Department of State, and Caroline Tanner with The Points Guy. They talk PPP – planning, paperwork and packing for international travel. They share their tips about travel programs, what to do in the case of emergencies, and more.
    After this episode, you’ll be prepared to travel just about anywhere. Be sure to share with your friends, family, and colleagues. So, Bon Voyage, Gute Reise, Arrivederci, and Safe Travels!

    • 14 min
    Flying With Kids: Tips From A Flight Attendant

    Flying With Kids: Tips From A Flight Attendant

    Riddle us this! You’re a family of 4 (including a child under 2) planning to travel by plane. How many tickets should you purchase to ensure everyone’s safety? We won’t make you think too hard, the answer is 4. Your lap, though cost-saving, is not the ideal or safest place for your child on an airplane. 
    From hangry children to unexpected clear air turbulence, a number of things can impact the mood and safety of your travel experience with kids. Mary Garton, a mom, flight attendant and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA representative gave us the real on the important safety role of flight attendants, the reasons why parents should consider using a government-approved safety seat or device for a young child, and tips to keep kids occupied, happy and safe.

    • 13 min
    Flying With Kids: Tips From TSA

    Flying With Kids: Tips From TSA

    Making plans to fly with your kids? Do you know what to pack, how to pack it, and how to get through the security line seamlessly? Check in first with the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration by listening to our latest ‘The Air Up There’ podcast episode.
    TSA – The Suitcase Advisors? Actually, we have a lot in common with TSA’s Emily Bonilla-Pieton and Lisa Farbstein: we’re parents, love air travel, safety and security. They joined us for our “Flying With Kids: Tips From TSA” episode to offer you practical advice for packing your bags and getting through the security line effortlessly.
    After this episode, you’ll be a pro at finding surprise “no-no” items that your kids sneak into the luggage before you leave the house (and not in the security line), what snacks to pack and the best place to put them, what to do if your child safety seat doesn’t fit in the security scanning machine and more!

    It’s all in the planning and it starts at home. Walk out your door confidently for your next trip with the kids. Share this episode with other parents to help make their journey through the airport easy-peasy (lemon squeezy).  


    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

YGlen ,

Surprisingly informative - but please replace the intro music!

Even the break content is engaging. Well done FAA!

My only complaint is the intro music which feels strangely incongruous to the great content. It’s as though intended to jazz up an otherwise boring podcast, but this podcast is not dull.

As a retired FAA employee myself, how much better it would be to hear the sounds of FAA in action: ATC communications, launch oversight, air navigation facility maintenance, airport planning, etc. in a medley of sound bites. An employee contest or plea to managers for illustrative sound bites could be considered.

The Fighter Pilot podcast has done this extremely well, with sound bites of jet fighter passes and combat communications.

@LOaltitude ,


Couldn't recommend this enough! Very relevant and helpful topics directly from the agency. Top notch interviews and production value. Subscribe to this one for sure. Nice work, FAA

private air travel ,

Not Bad..

Overall not bad, good information and knowledgeable interviewees. However as you would expect from the FAA they are behind the times, very poor production quality. Also the constant background music during the interviews is extremely distracting and frustrating to listen to. Hopefully they make improvements, I’m excited to see what topics will be included on future episodes.

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