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Air Canada Jet Almost Lands on a Crowded Taxiway in San Francisco. How Could This Happen?

Plus: Pets on a Plane, and the Fate of Eero Saarinen’s Masterwork at JFK.

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What’s In a Name?

The Lost Art of Naming Jetliners

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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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In-Cabin Electronics Ban is Officially Lifted

Saudi Arabia, Last of the Eight Affected Countries, is Removed From the List.

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

Remembering the Closest of Calls on its Latest Anniversary

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The Separation of Church and Sky

An AirAsia Pilot Asked Passengers to Pray During an Emergency. What in God’s Name Was He Thinking?

And, This Wasn’t The First Time.

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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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Flying: A Look on the Bright Side

Is Air Travel Really As Awful As Everybody Claims? Here Are Some Reasons Why Not. An Op-Ed in the New York Times.

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Going the Distance. The Longest Flights in the World.

Qatar’s Doha-Auckland Route is the New Number One. But What is the Final Frontier of Long-Haul Flying?

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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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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.

Update From Paris: Boeing Unveils Specs For the So-Called “NMA”

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Fact and Fallacy of the “Pilot Shortage”

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

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

Or, 33, Actually.

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

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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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Trump and the Travel Ban

Plus: The Airlines of Failed States, and Meditations on a Photograph.

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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Checked, Set, Roger

The Peculiar Ballet of the Cockpit Checklist.

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Letter From Ghana

Welcome to Room 420. Rubber Floors, Mysterious Odors and Inexplicable Artwork.

UPDATE: the Perils of Dining Abroad, and the World’s Worst Billboard.

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Remembering Cairo

With Egypt In Turmoil, a Photographic Toast to One of the World’s Most Fascinating Cities.

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It Looks Like the Future. Up Close and Personal With the 787.

Something Different in a World of Boring Planes.

An Updated Post With New Pictures.

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Passenger Forcibly Removed From United Express Flight

Airline Culture and the Lack of Empowerment. Thoughts and Comments on a Viral Story and Video.

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The Silent Anniversary: Fifteen Years Since Our Last Major Crash.

This isn’t a minor story. On the contrary, it’s one of the most impressive milestones in commercial aviation history.

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The Shuttle Shuffle

Donald Trump’s Failed Airline, and Memories of Shuttles Past.

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Yak Hunting in Liberia

As any aerogeek will tell you, there’s something fascinating about old abandoned planes. This decomposing Russian jet is no exception.

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Welcome to “Hidden Airport”

Unexpected Pleasures at a Terminal Near You.

Update: RDU’s Beautiful Terminal 2

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Letter From Hanoi

On the Streets of Vietnam’s Capital, it’s Traffic as Art and Chaos.

Plus: a Ride With EVA Air, Taiwan’s “Other Airline.”

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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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