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Photograph of Sleeping Pilot Sparks Controversy. What’s the Real Deal?

And, the Funniest Four Minutes in TV History.

Plus: Kiddie Scissors and Safety.

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The Space Waste

An Open Letter to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

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The Death of Grant Hart, One Year On

Hüsker Dü Cofounder Was 56.

RIP to One of the 1980s Most Prolific Songwriters.

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The Day of the Cockroach

September 11th, Then and Now

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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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Man Steals Horizon Air Turboprop; Media Gets Hysterical

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

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Statecraft

Donald Trump Wants to Renovate Air Force One.

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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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Broken Glass

Three Unusual Incidents Leave People Wondering (and Worrying).

Everything You Need To Know About Windows.

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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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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?

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Moving in Place

Layover Rambles with Patrick Smith.

Volume One: Paris in Four Bridges.

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Art of a Logo

When a Tail Tells a Tale. From da Vinci to the Union Jack to the Persian Griffin, Designs With a Deeper Meaning.

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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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Qatar Airways is the “World’s Best Airline.” Do They Deserve It?

Controversial Gulf Carrier Wins Skytrax Award for 2017. Here’s Why I’m Not So Impressed.

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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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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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2017: The Safest Year in Aviation History

Where we are, and how we got here. Memories of the shirt box.

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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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Safety Video Hell

Virgin America’s Safety Demo Leaves Passengers Gasping For Air.

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

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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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