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Should Airlines Ban Children From First and Business Class?

Plus: Passengers Behaving Badly.

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COCKPIT CONFIDENTIAL Now a New York Times Besteller!

Got Your Copy Yet?

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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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The Seven Most Annoying Myths About Flying

Whether it’s ticket prices, cabin air, autopilots or oxygen… much of what people think they know about flying is wrong.

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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 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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The “Crash Cluster”

Three Disasters in a Week Leave Passengers Wary. But Take a Look at History.

Plus: The Plane Crash as Art, and the World’s “Safest” Airlines.

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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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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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Flying With the One Percent

A Ride in Business Class on the Airbus A380.

Plus: My Strange Childhood of Airlines Real and Imagined.

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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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TSA to Expand Precheck Program

All travelers are now eligible to apply for expedited screening. It’s a great idea. And also a terrible one.

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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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