The Pan Am Review

As a child, I occasionally went with my parents on vacation and we would, when the price was right, use as an airline Pan Am. I distinctly remember thinking it was a shame that it went out of business in 1991 after the harsh loss of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. It therefore came as a surprise to me when ABC announced that they were making a television show about flight attendants (formerly called stewardesses) and their experiences working for Pan Am Worldwide in the early 1960’s.

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Staying Vegan at 30,000 Feet

First, the cookies came out. They were loaded with eggs, milk, and not much positive. Then the drink cart rolled on through the aisle. I had brought a few sleeves of Starbucks Via and I thought asking for hot water, sugar, and soy milk would be okay. They didn’t have the soy milk, and so I had the coffee black but sweetened.

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Sleepless from Seattle: Being Your Own Captive Audience

Several people had already told me as much, but it was only about a few hours into the flight that the real insanity of this trip really dawned on me. As far as I know, I am going to be spending more time on the way to the airport, back from the airport, and on the airplane than I will be spending at the actual place I am visiting. This seems like madness.

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The Delta Disaster of May 9, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010 was shaping up to be an excellent end to my honeymoon. My wife and I had spent a week in Disney World and were looking forward to getting home. Our flight was set and we were waiting by the gate. All of the hard work had been done — going through security, getting frisked electronically, and finding the right gate. All we had to do was wait until the time for boarding and go home — or so we thought.

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Pet Airways Takes Flight

We love animals but we have always been frustrated for an easy way to transport them long distances.  With Pet Airways taking flight in the marketplace, we finally have a safe and effective way to fly our pets from endpoint to endpoint.

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Urban Bioterrorism Attack: A Toxic Agent Airliner

BioterrorYou are the head of Homeland Security.

The following urgent intelligence report has been sent to your desk.

The president has deferred to your judgment:

Your decision will prove the resolution of this threat to national security.

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The Great Potato Barnstorm

by Hal Janneck

Flying, flying and controlling an airplane, have been part of my consciousness since what seems to be the very dawn of my memory. One of my earliest readings included a story that I still remember. It was one in which the hero was a farm boy who constructed a two-engine model airplane, powered by twisted rubber bands, and launched it from the top of the silo on his farm. In those years, I don’t think that the tiny engines that power the more sophisticated model airplanes of today had been perfected. But this lad made an airplane, with sticks of balsa wood, glue, paper, and rubber band “engines,” and it flew.

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