Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

Take Back the Skies

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Five ideas to improve air travel

Having exhausted every voguish management trend, corporate-restructuring program, and streamlining technique, the feckless and rage-inducing U.S. air-travel industry in 2007 finally resorted to having a Maoist self-criticism session and set about calculating exactly how much flight delays cost the country: the airlines themselves, the businesses that rely on them, and travelers. The answer they came up with: a little more than $31 billion a year.

That’s big money. So why does nobody complain about it?

For one thing, more than half of Americans do not fly at all in any given year, and among those who do fly, half take only one

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THIS MILKY WAY This Milky Way, our galaxy, contains A massive hole of blackness at its core, Where any photon striking it remains In unreflected absence evermore, While we perch on a speck upon a ...