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COMMENTARY: Have Pillow, Will Travel (As Long As You’re a Girl)

Let’s talk for a minute about pillows. I’m vexed and perplexed by the widespread phenomenon of teenage girls carrying giant fluffy pillows onto airplanes.
by Patrick Smith
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OPINION: What Makes a Great-Looking Jetliner?

“Aesthetically it’s no 747, but it’s a handsome plane,” I wrote of the 787 previously in a column. “Confident in a way not unlike its older and smaller sibling, the 757.”
by Patrick Smith
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Do Pilots Think About Crashing?

It's the pilot's job to worry about crashing. It's in their best interest, and yours too.
by Patrick Smith
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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
 

 
 

“The Why” Behind Accidental Door Slide Deployments

An Emergency Slide Inflated into the Cabin of a United Airlines 737. What Went Wrong? Plus: Evacuation Etiquette, and Everything You Need to Know About Doors.
by Patrick Smith
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