Cheers, fears and jeers over the Pacific

December 2000. The plane was on its last hour of flight across the Pacific toward Osaka, Japan. A lawyer handed out business cards while flight attendants prepared the cabin for landing. I fiddled with a travel voucher that was handed out to each passenger the last time that the plane was parked at the gate …

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Uncivil aviation

May 2017. My 6 p.m. American Eagle flight to Nashville was all set to take off on time. Boarding was smooth and I was mildly surprised that I had a whole row of seats to myself. The flight attendant was about to close the door when the gate agent appeared and announced, “We need eight …

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The wild green yonder

January 2008. The 9-seater, high-winged BN Islander lifted off from Orinduik Falls, the Ireng River receding below. The sea of grass undulated with each gust of wind that fanned across the vast Rupununi savannah toward Brazil. The sun raced to complete its arc across the sky as we headed back north to Georgetown. It would …

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Turbulent skies over Laos

June 2004. The ATR-72 aircraft landed on the tarmac to my great relief. The Lao Airlines plane had been delayed for four and a half hours. But if there were no more hitches in Louangphabang, I should make my connecting flight on Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi from Vientiane. I kept my fingers crossed. Away from …

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