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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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Images From Liberia

As West Africa Grapples With the Ebola Crisis, Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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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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Should Children Be Banned From First and Business Class?

A Miserable Experience on Asiana Airlines. Plus: Passengers Behaving Badly.

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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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The Skies Belong to Us

A great new book tells an incredible true crime story, and also gives us some badly needed perspective.

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Planes, Pranks, and Praise: Ode to an Airport

From Terrazzo floors to exploding soda cans, here’s Boston’s airport like you’ve never seen it.

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The Name Game

The Mangling of Airline Names is Nothing New. But 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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To Recline or Not To Recline?

The “Knee Defender” is Back, and so is the Controversy over Economy Class Recline. But the Ground Rules Are Pretty Simple.

Plus, the Myth of Vanishing Legroom.

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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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Beauty or a Beast? Up Close and Personal With the 787.

Something New and Different in a World of Boring Planes.

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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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Pilots and Copilots. Who are These People?

An open letter to the Associated Press

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Letter From JFK

Kennedy Airport’s landmark TWA terminal is about to become a boutique hotel.

Will the airport lose the last of its architectural uniqueness?

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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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