Preview your next vacation – While 2014 was a seminal year for virtual reality (Google Cardboard was released and Facebook acquired Oculus Rift), 2016 will be the year the technology truly goes mainstream. "Facebook put their weight behind Oculus Rift a couple of years ago, and the technology is starting to catch up," says David Low, an engineer at flight search website Skyscanner.
Personal assistant software – Personal assistant software is only going to get more complicated, notes Low. Soon, most of your searches will be conversational, and bots will help zone in on your individual preferences to streamline the process.
Smart appliances – Samsung unveiled its smart refrigerator -- the Family Hub -- at CES 2016. It won't be long before you'll be able to shout instructions (including flight searches) at all your household appliances.
World's first passenger-carrying drone – Forget driverless cars. Chinese company Ehang has unveiled a driverless helicopter. It seats one, and all you supposedly need to do is punch in your destination and be chauffeured in the sky.
Virtual reality and eye-tracking technology – In the future, airline staff could channel their inner Terminator and use a headset or glasses to look at a cabin and know passenger needs (like dietary preferences or seat assignment) through sight.