Article: On air travel – Pat downs, pissing & passport stamps

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I remember when flying was a luxury experience, when the flight attendants were nice to you and everyone got a meal. Today, it’s as rough as hitchhiking and the planes are all beat to hell.

Great trilogy of essays taken from the book, Airplane Reading by Christopher Schaberg and Marck Yakich.

Airplane Reading brings together a collection of essays from writers, airline workers and travellers about the experience of travel by air.

The collection approaches the subject from a number of different perspectives. It doesn’t always focus on the miracle of mechanical flight and is less medidative than Paul Vanhoenacker’s Skyfaring.

The three essays extracted and appearing on Literary Hub deal with airport security, agonising waits for the seatbelt sign to switch off and how one relative of an airline employee utilised their free air travel benefits.

Short and sharply written they are funny and worth a read.

 

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