1. Attention passengers. While we bring you this short in-flight interruption…

    Yowei here - I’m another associate producer at Fresh Air and I’m *excited* to be joining Heidi with Tumblr-ing, Tweeting, and writing up our interviews for the web. We’ll be switching off around every two weeks, and playing musical chairs at a desk with multiple screens.

    With the exception of the above headline, I promise to try my best to avoid airplane humor.

    …which, of course, makes me wonder, how does fresh air get into airplanes?

    Thank you, Internet. Really, on average, airplane air is refreshed 20 times an hour compared to 12 times an hour in an office building?

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  1. I don’t think many passengers realize that when they’re in an airport, and there’s some sort of a problem and they walk up to a ticket counter and they’re talking to someone who’s wearing the uniform of an airline employee, that in many cases they’re not [talking to] an airline employee.

    — Today: William McGee details how airlines are cutting costs through regional carriers, outsourcing airline maintenance, mishandling baggage and overbooking airplanes.

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  1. Please buckle your seatbelt and prepare for your interview:Today’s show: how airlines are mishandling baggage, cutting costs, and outsourcing airline maintenance to foreign companies, where some workers can’t read manuals for the equipment.
A screenshot from the 2005 Jodie Foster movie Flightplan. View in High-Res

    Please buckle your seatbelt and prepare for your interview:Today’s show: how airlines are mishandling baggage, cutting costs, and outsourcing airline maintenance to foreign companies, where some workers can’t read manuals for the equipment.

    A screenshot from the 2005 Jodie Foster movie Flightplan.

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  1. Today: Why flying may be getting more dangerous.

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  1. Tomorrow: why flying is no fun anymore and may be getting more dangerous. We’ll talk to airline vet William McGee, who says airplane maintenance is being outsourced to foreign companies, where some workers can’t read the equipment manuals. 


Pencil Vs Camera - 20 (by Ben Heine) View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: why flying is no fun anymore and may be getting more dangerous. We’ll talk to airline vet William McGee, who says airplane maintenance is being outsourced to foreign companies, where some workers can’t read the equipment manuals.

    Pencil Vs Camera - 20 (by Ben Heine)

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