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Pilots on autopilot in today's modern jets

The saga of the Northwest pilots who overflew Minneapolis by 150 miles while absorbed in their laptops -- the ultimate case of distracted driving -- continues to generate comment and analysis. An excellent op-ed article in the New York Times details how little attention airline pilots today actually need to give to flying their airplanes compared with the earliest days of jet travel. Read what a retired Pan Am captain has to say

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