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Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel: Questions, Answers, & ReflectionsCockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know about Air Travel: Questions, Answers, & Reflections by Patrick Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An enjoyable collection of Q&A by an affable pilot. Not a sordid tell-all, and ultimately lacks many practical tips for air travel, but it’s still a helpful look behind the scenes of the commercial aviation industry.

Smith’s at his best when explaining why turbulence and lightning are not to be feared and on the ridiculousness of passenger security mesaures post-9/11. He’s not as interesting when he touches on airline economics, belabors the change in pilots’ career prospects, or judges airlines’ color treatments and logos (the Kindle edition doesn’t even include images of the logos that are discussed in such depth).

So this is not the book if you want to know how to find the lowest-priced tickets, how to choose a seat, or score an upgrade. But it’s very good to satisfy a casual curiosity about just what’s going on before, during, and after a flight.

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