Jerks on a Plane

New York

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I don’t know what it is, but something about flying seems to turn otherwise genteel, intelligent, sentient beings into thoughtless bullies and boors.

Whether it’s the woman in front of you who fully reclines her seat during the meal service, or the man behind you who keeps jabbing the touch screen like it’s done him wrong, a ticket to fly does not grant one license to jettison manners.

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LEARNING TO FLY HIGH ABOVE UGANDA

Uganda

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Pilot Derek (PD) and I had a grand time this afternoon flying back from the Lomach Airstrip in Kidepo Valley to the Kajjansi airstrip (near Entebbe). This was my second flight with PD (was lucky enough to get him again today), having flown here to Kidepo with him a few days ago.

PD briefly lost mind and let me fly the plane (after a substantial amount of instruction and sitting next to me). And not B.S. flying… Read more

OH CONGO, HOW I SO ADMIRE YOUR UNABASHED CORRUPTION

Republic of Congo

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Just now coming through airport security (for a flight that is, btw, either leaving a full hour early or late — impossible to tell since my tix, the agent, the board at check-in, and board at gate each show different times, AND flight is making an unexpected and unscheduled stop back in Kinshasa — huh?), ok, back on point, so, security dudes search my bag and hone in on my flashlight.  Read more