Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel : Questions, Answers & ReflectionsBook - 2013
Presents an introduction to air travel, covering such topics as safety measures on modern planes, the mechanics of takeoffs and landings, the effects of lightning, bird strikes, and ice-build-up, and the reasons for delays, overbookings, and poor customer service.
"Patrick Smith is extraordinarily knowledgeable about modern aviation...the ideal seatmate, a companion, writer and explainer."—Boston Globe
Airline pilot Patrick Smith divulges his personal and sometimes surprising insights into the most newsworthy and wacky topics involving air travel today. It's an entertaining, accessible read, based on the decade-long Salon.com columns covering topics from security, airfares, pilot training, airline customer service, and more. In the way Anthony Bourdain makes the world of cuisine fascinating even for those with no real interest in cooking, Patrick Smith does the same for flying, winning huge accolades for his lively style and fascinating explanations.
A New York Times bestseller
For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular Ask the Pilot feature, separates the fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know...
?How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them
?Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety
?The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport
?The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation
?Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security
?Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service
?The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate
Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.
It's the ideal book for frequent flyers, nervous passengers, and global travelers.
Refreshed and vastly expanded from the original Ask the Pilot, with approximately 75 percent new material.