Articles by Patrick Smith

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Ethiopian, Lion Air, and the 737 MAX

Patrick Smith on the latest.

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4/27/2019

Lion Air Crash

And the 737 MAX. Article by Patrick Smith.

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11/24/2018

Happy 50th Birthday

Patrick Smith on the 747.

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10/12/2018

Cockpit Confidential

Q&A on air travel from Patrick Smith.

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8/24/2018

Uncontained Engine Failure

Pilot Patrick Smith on an extremely rare in-flight occurrence.

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5/1/2018

Replacing the TSA’s Waste of Time and Money

And the humiliation of millions. Article by Patrick Smith.

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4/17/2018

Should Kids Be Banned From First and Business Class?

Pilot Patrick Smith rekindles the debate.

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4/6/2017

The Longest Airline Flights in the World

They’re here, but can unlimited booze and videos make them tolerable? Article by Patrick Smith.

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2/18/2017

Snow, Ice, and Airplanes

Everything you need to know about the travails of Winter flying, by Patrick Smith.

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12/17/2016

How Many Have You Flown?

Patrick Smith on memories of East Coast shuttles, including The Donald’s.

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12/9/2016

Heightened Airport Oppression

Patrick Smith on even more government trouble for passengers.

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3/26/2016

Will the Airline Pilot Shortage Affect You?

Patrick Smith on industry changes ahead.

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3/11/2016

First Class, Low Class, No Class

Does flying bring out the worst in people? Article by Patrick Smith. (NB: bad language)

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10/21/2015

What Not To Do in an Aircraft Evacuation

Patrick Smith on the Las Vegas runway fire.

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9/18/2015

3 Planes That Changed the World

What do you think they were? Article by Patrick Smith.

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7/22/2015

The Hijacking of TWA 847

Patrick Smith on the golden age of air crimes.

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6/20/2015

The Germanwings Massacre

Patrick Smith blasts the media for their errors and lies.

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4/1/2015

The Worst in the Modern World?

Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of the American airport.

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1/30/2015

Don’t Panic

If you see duct tape on your airplane, says Patrick Smith.

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1/20/2015

AirAsia: a Pilot Weighs In

Patrick Smith on dangerous weather, black boxes, and more.

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1/3/2015

The De-Iceman Cometh

Patrick Smith on the travails of winter flying.

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12/15/2014

Ebola, Air Travel, and Common Sense

Patrick Smith on screenings, how pilots handle in-flight medical emergencies, and more.

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10/11/2014

A Letter From Liberia

Patrick Smith reports from Roberts Field, near Monrovia.

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10/8/2014

7 Most Annoying Myths About Flying

Patrick Smith sets the record straight.

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9/24/2014

How To Speak Airline

Patrick Smith translates the jargon, acronyms, and confusing euphemisms.

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9/6/2014

A Scene from Mad Max?

Patrick Smith on the Mojave boneyard; where great airplanes go to die.

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8/19/2014

Flying With the 1%

Patrick Smith experiences the true Golden Age of air travel.

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8/9/2014

The 29 Safest Airlines

They’ve been fatality-free for 30 years. Article by Patrick Smith.

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7/31/2014

In Praise of Michael Roberts

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10/23/2010