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COMMENTARY: Economy Class Done Right

When it comes to economy class gripes, it’s legroom, or lack thereof, that most people whine about. There’s less and less of it, as airlines cram in extra rows, eager to squeeze out every last penny of revenue in the face o...
by Patrick Smith
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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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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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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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“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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