According to National Transportation Safety Board data, between 19 there were only two years in which no fatalities were recorded on scheduled commercial domestic flights.But in six of the last seven years, and in each of the past four, there have been none.This series will explore seven of these new wonders: bewildering achievements, incredibly useful tools and services that we take for granted.
Slowly, imperceptibly, and often invisibly, the FAA is rolling out what it calls the Next Gen project, an alphabet soup of acronyms that describe a set of initiatives, procedures, and protocols that are improving the way we fly.
The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia were feats of engineering, triumphs of man over nature and gravity, and above all accomplishments of ego and raw power.
And the modern, man-made wonders we marvel at—the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam, the Panama Canal—are echoes of the ancient ones: breathtaking physical manifestations of human ingenuity.
America’s airports feel like glorified bus stations in comparison to the sleek terminals of Asia and the Middle East.
The consumer interface of air travel—bag charges, humiliating security procedures, stale sandwiches, evaporating leg room—can seem as frenzied and dreadful as a Hieronymus Bosch painting.