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Time to Celebrate “National Aviation Day.”

Or Not.

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Emirates 777 Crash-Lands in Dubai

300 Passengers and Crew Escape Burning Jetliner.

Update: Windshear, Extreme Heat, and a Go-Around. Was This a Perfect Storm of Danger?

Plus: Deadly Stupidity Redux. Yet More Passenger Recklessness.

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Permanent Mystery

The Search For MH3709 is Called Off.

Plus: Transponders for Dummies, Conspiracy Theories, Rogue Pilots and More.

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The United States of Trash, Dog Shit, Rubber Bands and Dental Floss

Where Litter and Neglect are the New Normal.

Special Update: A New Report Says Flossing is a Waste of Time. Will This Cure the Plastic Flosser Craze?

Plus, More Photos!

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The Eskimo and the Fluorescent Noodle

The New Alaska Airlines Livery. It’s Equal Parts Tradition and Travesty.

Plus, Paintjobs to Feel Good About!

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Should Kids Be Banned From First and Business Class?

An Updated Post: Two Experiences Rekindle a Controversial Debate.

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

Plus: Gorman Bechard’s Documentary About the One of the Best Songwriters of our Time.

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How to Speak Airline: A Glossary For Travelers

Crosscheck? Ramp? Ground Stop?
Finally, a way to decode the insufferable jargon of air travel.

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Into the Sea: Love, Death, and Other Near Misses

Remembering the Closest of Calls on its 30th Anniversary

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The EgyptAir Crash

What Happened to Flight 804?

Update: Cockpit Voice Recordings Indicate a Fire, Not a Bombing.

Plus: Live-Feed Video From the Cockpit: a Good Idea or a Waste of Money?

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Welcome to “Hidden Airport”

Unexpected Pleasures at a Terminal Near You.

Update: The A-B Connector Tunnel at Boston-Logan. (Now, if Massport Would Please Turn Down the Noise!)

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Ode to the 757. What Can Replace this Most Versatile of Jetliners?

An Open Letter to Boeing: The Heck With the 737. Give Us a Real Plane.

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Target: Airport

In the Wake of the Bombings in Brussels and Istanbul, Some Bad Ideas For Airport Security

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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First Class, Low Class, No Class: The Passenger Hall of Shame

Welcome to Flying, Where The Rules of Civility and Decency No Longer Apply.

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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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Letter From Mumbai

An Afternoon in “Maximum City”

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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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Royal Brunei Airlines’ All-Woman Cockpit Crew

Was the Flight From Bandar to Jeddah a Political Statement? Plus: Apartheid Remembered, and the Troubling Double Standard of Saudi Arabia.

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The New Audiobook is Here!

Cockpit Confidential is Back, with a New Narrator and a Whole New Feel

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My Kingdom for a Cup Holder

Sometimes It’s the (Really) Small Things.

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Have Pillow, Will Travel. So Long as You’re a Girl

I’m vexed and perplexed by the widespread phenomenon of teenage girls carrying giant fluffy pillows onto airplanes.

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Lovetrodden

The Language of Love Undone.

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The Hijacking as Art

A New Movie About the Hero Stewardess From the Hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. And, the ‘Golden Age of Air Crimes’ Remembered.

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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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Checked, Set, Roger

The Peculiar Ballet of the Cockpit Checklist.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume 3: Windshield Wipers, Busted Windows, and Other Oddities of Flight.

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The Drones Danger

Update: FAA Enacts Drone Registration Process. But Awareness, Rather Than Enforcement, is the Key to Safety.

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The Greatest Moments in Aviation History

Three Airplanes That Changed the World.

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Stowaway Survives flight to Hawaii in Landing Gear Bay

And Others Who Weren’t So Lucky

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