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More Than a Hundred Dead in Havana Crash.

And What I Love Most About Air Travel: Alpaca and Waterfalls.

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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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Passenger Killed Aboard Southwest Flight

Explosive Engine Failure Strikes 737 En Route to Dallas.

UPDATE: No Heroics, Please. Plus Follow-Up FAQs with the Author.

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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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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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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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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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The 747 in Winter

In America, the Curtain Closes on History’s Most Influential Jetliner.

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Air Travel and the Environment

From Heat Waves to Turbulence, How Climate Change Will Affect Flying.

Plus, The Pilot’s Uneasy Conscience.

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The Scourge of Inflight Garbage

The Passenger Hall of Shame, Volume II.

Plus, Can a Plastic Bag Can Save an Airline Millions?

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

Where Litter and Neglect are the New Normal.

Update: A New Plague. Elastic Hair Bands!

Plus, More Photos!

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Checked, Set, Roger

The Peculiar Ballet of the Cockpit Checklist.

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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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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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Q&A With the Pilot

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

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Welcome to Schiphol, the Airport of Quirky Charms

Plus: “North Latitude,” a Memoir From 1991.

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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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Letter From Maho Beach

I didn’t want to be flying the plane. I wanted to be under it!

Plus, the truth about those “scary” approaches to SXM.

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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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