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Terminal Madness: What is Airport Security? (Part Two)

Why can’t TSA exhibit common sense now and then? If we’re to believe that TSA screeners are well-trained professionals, why can't they handle an occasional judgment call?
by Patrick Smith
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COMMENTARY: When A Pilot Dies In Flight

Once in awhile, it happens; but all flight decks are staffed by two equally trained and highly capable pilots, removing any cause for concern by the public.
by Patrick Smith
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Patrick Smith's traveling bag of gizmos and gadgets. (Photo by Patrick Smith)

Lost Inside the Pilot’s Gadget Bag

All those gadgets, chargers, adapters and cords are supposed to make my life easier. I'm not so sure.
by Patrick Smith
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What’s Wrong With Airports? 15 Things Every Airport Needs

For a whole host of reasons, airports are often bewildering, maddening places. Here are 15 things no airport terminal should be without.
by Patrick Smith
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Computer rendering of the KLM and Pan Am 747s colliding at Tenerife.

WE GAAN: The Horror and Absurdity of History’s Worst Plane Crash

Like most other aviation calamities, the 583 people killed in 1977 when a KLM 747 struck a Pan Am 747 at Tenerife resulted not from a single error or failure, but from a chain of improbable errors and failures, together with a ...
by Patrick Smith
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