Full Upright and Locked Position
by Mark Gerchick '73, P'13
Forget lingering romantic visions of aviation — today’s airlines run a mean, profit-seeking business and passengers are at their mercy. At least that’s what seems apparent in Mark Gerchick’s not-so-comfortable exploration of the industry’s transformation since Sept. 11, 2001, and the 2008 jet fuel cost explosion.
– Christine Thomas, Miami Herald
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"Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight," our pilots still intone. But who are they kidding?
In Full Upright and Locked Position, former FAA chief counsel and senior aviation policy official Mark Gerchick unravels the unseen forces and little-known facts that have reshaped our air travel experience since September 11, 2001.