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The Airport: Planes, People, Triumphs, and Disasters at John F. Kennedy International
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Publisher Quill
Publication date November 1, 1996
Pages 278
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780688149543
ISBN-10 0688149545
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $14.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Captures the airport's exoticism and mystique, reporting on everything from its notorious criminals, mind-boggling organization, and infamous delays to its place in the world
Amazon.com description: Product Description: As news coverage raises serious questions about aircraft safety and airport security, James Kaplan offers a timely behind-the-scenes account of John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Airport: Planes, People, Triumphs, and Disasters at John F. Kennedy International achieves the impossible-it goes "inside" the sprawling J.F.K. to expose the lifeblood of a major metropolitan airport.

Kaplan spoke with many of the key players within Kennedy's city of 44,000 around-the-clock workers, including administrators, technicians, crime investigators, pilots and skycaps. He interviewed people who hold such bizarre posts as Kennedy's notorious "Birdman" who patrols the runways for "laughing seagulls"; the leader of the "Beagle Brigade" who uses beagles to track the illegal entry of unwanted materials; and one of the airport's medical team who must contend with airport "mules," men and women who smuggle drugs by ingesting large quantities of drug packets into their bodies.

The Airport assesses the crucial role that deregulation has played in shaping today's airline industry, producing lower fares that allow more people to fly, but in a manner that feels "progressively more inconvenient." Kaplan suggests that deregulation may have contributed to dangerous declines in maintenance and safety standards. In addition, he examines all the other elements affecting airline safety--traffic control, weather, runway maintenance, radar and other sensing equipment, pilot and flight attendant training and disaster crews.

In The Airport, James Kaplan presents a panoramic, intimately detailed and highly personal view of the world of flying, and of a fabled airport's inner life, which even the most seasoned travelers never get to see.

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Reprint edition from Quill (November 1, 1996)
9780688149543 | details & prices | 278 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $14.00
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