This Is What You Should Be Reading at 10,000 Feet.

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Nov. 7 2013 1:39 PM

Slate on a Plane

Read these articles at 10,000 feet. Because you can.

Slate on a Plane
You can now read about the cabin.

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The FAA last week announced last week that it was easing restrictions on tablet and e-reader use during flights. (But you still need “airplane mode” for your smartphone.) Now that (most of you) can read even when the plane is below 10,000 feet, here are some Slate articles about air travel that you might enjoy. Please stow your tray table for takeoff.

Please Watch the Safety Video


In-Flight Entertainment

Great Airplane Reads: Not too scary. Not too slow. Totally absorbing. The criteria for a perfect airplane book,” by Katie Roiphe, June 13, 2013.
The Captain Requests That All Zippers Be Returned to the Upright Position: How are flight attendants supposed to deal with fornicating passengers?” by Brian Palmer, Sept. 12, 2011.

Chicken or Pasta?

The Fare up There: Why I love airline food. (No really, I do)” by Matt Goulding, Sept. 13, 2013.

Headaches on a Plane

I’m Here for Business Meetings with No Clothes: Rubbernecking at Air Berlin’s spectacular social media meltdown,” by Katy Waldman, Sept. 4, 2013.
Can You Get a Good Night’s Rest in Your Airplane Seat?: The science of sit-sleep,” by Forrest Wickman, Nov. 23, 2011.
The Recline and Fall of Western Civilization: Tilting your seat back on an airplane is pure evil. But so is installing seats that recline in the first place,” by Dan Kois, Feb. 19, 2013.
On Planes and Trains, Everyone Prefers to Sit Next to Women. Lucky Us,” by Katy Waldman, Sept. 16, 2013.

In the Event of a Water Landing

Could My iPhone Really Crash My Airplane?: What about an onboard Wi-Fi network?” by Christopher Beam, March 31, 2009.
Shakes On a Plane: Can turbulence cause a plane crash?” by Brian Palmer, June 14, 2012.
Emergency Exit Doors on Airplanes Are Locked?: They don’t say that in the safety video!” by Brian Palmer, May 28, 2013.


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.


It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The Only Good Thing That Happened at Today’s Soul-Crushing U.N. Climate Talks

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