The dramatic exit of a JetBlue Airways flight attendant from his aircraft via an emergency slide after unleashing a foul-mouthed tirade over the intercom, allegedly after an encounter with a badly behaving passenger (see Odds & Ends, p. 88), says much more about the breakdown of civility and self-control in 21st century America than it does about flight attendants or airline passengers. Nevertheless, it is fair to observe that the phenomenon of full and nearly full aircraft, when ...

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