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Pilots, Alcohol, Hollywood and Farce

A look at Denzel Washignton in “Flight”

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COCKPIT CONFIDENTIAL Now a New York Times Besteller!

It’s the Perfect Read for Everybody Who Flies. Got Your Copy Yet?

But, Beware the Audiobook!

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Air Travel and Ebola

Will Airline Travelers Touch Off a Global Pandemic? Which is the Bigger Worry: Ebola or Hysteria?

Plus: When Passengers Get Sick.

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The Newest Airline Livery Designs: The Nightmare Continues

From Etihad and Iberia to Spirit and Southwest, Several Airlines Have Recently Unveiled New Looks. The Report Card is Very, Very Bleak.

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Now and Zen: The Greatest Album of Them All Turns 30

Plus: A New Documentary About the One of the Best Songwriters of our Time.

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Letter From Ghana

Welcome to Room 420. Rubber Floors, Mysterious Odors, and World’s Most Inexplicable Artwork. Plus: Mojito Madness and the Perils of Dining Abroad.

UPDATE: Move over “Oh Captain,” you’ve got competition in room 302.

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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Flying over Cape Cod in a cramped cockpit, I wanted nothing more than to be down on the beach. Call me a heretic.

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Amsterdam: Rediscovering One of the World’s Friendliest Airports

I’d always given Amsterdam the brush-off, but after a recent visit I’ve changed my mind.

If we could just get folks to pronounce “Schiphol” correctly.

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The Name Game

What’s This, an Error in The New Yorker!

Plus: an Airline Style Sheet for Editors and Neurotics Alike.

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Rummaging Through the Seat Pocket of the Mind

Miscellaneous Musings on Air Travel, Volume 1: Armrests From Hell, ‘Roller Boards,’ and More Annoying Flight Attendant Habits!

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The Things We Carry

Electronic gadgets are supposed to make life on the road easier.

Do they?

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Lovetrodden

The Language of Love Undone. Get Ready to Operate All of Your Teeth Together.

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Turbulent Times

Recent events have nervous flyers chattering their teeth. Here’s everything you need to know about bumpy air.

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Air Travel in Art, Music and Film

Movies, songs, album covers & poems. From Kieslowski to the Clash, air travel is everywhere!

And Wapi Mama, what happens when an Antonov comes roaring through your fruit stand?

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Letter From Mumbai

An Afternoon in “Maximum City”

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Fact and Fallacy of the Looming “Pilot Shortage”

As the pundits have it, our airlines are running out of pilots. But is this true?

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