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

In America and much of the world, security enhancements put in place following the catastrophe of September 11th, 2001, have been drastic and of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational and pointless.
by Patrick Smith
 

 
 
Charlottetown Airport Terminal

Smoke In The Cockpit: A True Story of Danger and Hilarity

A routine flight is plunged into weirdness after the crew smells smoke. How to deal with a possible emergency — not to mention a plane full of obsessed Japanese tourists.
by Patrick Smith
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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.
by Patrick Smith
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A Southwest Airlines jet on approach to Logan Airport passes over Revere Beach. (Photo by Sara Jeanne Edwards via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)

Revere Beach Reveries: A Summer Oasis On Approach to Logan Airport

Sometimes when I hear the whine of jet engines, I think of the beach.
by Patrick Smith
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Is Qantas Really the Safest Airline?

Qantas history is scarred by at least seven fatal incidents prior to 1951, and the carrier has been perfect ever since. Its record is an outstanding one.
by Patrick Smith
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