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Mysteries of Air Travel, Volume XXVII: Why do I care if my plane has winglets?

Plus: Maximum Flight. Singapore Airlines Reintroduces the World’s Longest Nonstop.

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Dear Airlines: Please Don’t Take Away Our Video Screens!

In-seat video is the greatest cabin amenity of the past fifty years. So why are carriers getting rid of it?

UPDATE: I told you so. The Pilot’s first no-screen experience is just what he feared.

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Safety Video Hell

UPDATE: The Latest Awful.

Here’s a Better Idea: No Demos More Than 90 Seconds Long.

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Damn The Spinner Bag!

How Four-Wheeled Luggage is The Latest Air Travel Scourge.

And What the Hell is a “Roller Board”? Et Tu, Gary Shteyngart !

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Lion Air Crash and the 737 MAX

Boeing Warns of Dive Dangers in Newest 737 Model. Should Flyers Worry?

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Happy 50th Birthday to the 747

After Half a Century, the Curtain is Closing on History’s Most Influential Jetliner.

And a Logo Contest: Can You Name the Plane’s First 27 Customers ?

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The Airport Lounge Crisis

Crowds, Kids, Noise… Has the Premium Class Lounge Lost Its Luster ?

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Man Steals Horizon Air Turboprop; Media Gets Hysterical

The Crash Into Puget Sound and The “Insider Threat.”

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The (New) Book is Here

Introducing the Second Edition of Cockpit Confidential.

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers & Reflections.

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A Trip to Bhutan

To the High Himalayas Aboard the Little-Known Drukair.

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Rummaging Through the Seat Pocket of the Mind

Miscellaneous Musings on Air Travel, Volume 2: Deadly Overhead Bins, Sudoku Mania, Dumb Airport Names, and Why I Hate Elvis Costello.

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Pets on a Plane

Airlines Behaving Badly, and the Real Story on Shipping Your Critter in the Baggage Hold.

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Moving in Place

Layover Rambles with Patrick Smith.

UPDATE: Cincinnati’s Strange Highway Mosaics, and Paris in Four Bridges.

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Demise of the Selfie Stick

What’s This, Have Tourists Come to Their Senses?

And, a New Twist on Food Photography Mania.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume Four: Steering, Runway Noises, Cameras, and Everything You Were Afraid to Know About Engine Failures.

Plus, How to Navigate Up a Badger’s Arse.

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Big Planes On Short Routes? What a Concept.

Getting to the Root of the Delays Crisis.

As the System Hits a Breaking Point, Will Airlines Go Back to the Future?

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A “Life List” of Planes

Get Your Memories Out.

And, the Weird Similarities Between Airplane Geeks and Birders.

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The World’s Coolest Restaurant

Fine Dining In a Converted DC-10.

Plus: The Sad Confessions of a Non-Foodie.

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Statecraft

Donald Trump Wants to Renovate Air Force One.

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The Boarding Blues

Jet bridges are so monstrously over-engineered, yet it still takes 45 minutes to get seventy people onto a damn regional jet. Why?

Plus: HSBC, the Jetway Giant.

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Images From Liberia

Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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Fact and Fallacy of the Pilot Shortage

The Pilot Shortage Is Here, and It’s Real. But What Is It, Exactly?

UPDATE: Regionals Behaving Badly.

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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