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Cockpit Confidential

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What Happens in the Cockpit stays in the Cockpit!

That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this book: Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

Sometimes you want to know stuff and sometimes you might think that being blissfully unaware is the safer route to go. However, you would be missing out on a lot if you did not read this book written by air travel writer and veteran commercial pilot Patrick Smith, who has visited over 70 countries.

In it, he provides air travelers with the scoop on a wide array of subjects related to air travel including myths and misconceptions about cabin air and cockpit automation; the truth about delays and the dysfunction of the modern airport; airfares, seating woes and the pitfalls of airline customer service; and the two fundamental flaws of airport security post-9/11, among other tidbits.

It’s important to note that the book isn’t purely informational. According to the author, “The question-and-answer sections are obviously crucial, but they’re blended with essays and memoir, and it’s the latter that are probably the book’s strongest parts.” And, the book isn’t just about airplanes. “It’s a book about the whole grand theater, as I like to call it, of air travel,” he says.

It’s a fascinating read whether you travel only now again for vacation, or on a regular basis for business or pleasure. And it might just help clear up some your questions, take away the frustration, and maybe even rid you of any flying anxiety you may have. The next time I walk onto a plane I think I’ll have it in my hand so the pilot and crew can see that some of us know a little more than they might think! 

Cockpit Confidential is available at

Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin

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  1. Amazing Escapades says:

    This is a great book that goes well beyond any “drama” happening in the cockpit, instead providing great insights into everything that goes into making air travel possible.

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