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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. McGee Narrator: Greg Itzin Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Award-winning journalist and leading consumer advocate William J. McGee offers a shocking, essential exposé that reveals the real state of the friendly skies.

From outsourced call centers in India to the Alabama location where all lost baggage ends up, William J. McGee crisscrossed the country and traveled around the globe immersing himself deep into the world of commercial airlines. And what he found was shocking.

McGee interviewed countless industry insiders - pilots, TSA security screeners, FAA inspectors, legislators, the CEOs of the major carriers, and even Ralph Nader and Steven Slater, the disgruntled flight attendant who famously jettisoned a JetBlue flight. Here he reveals how airline executives are cutting costs in a mad race to the bottom by delegating flights to second-tier regional airlines and outsourcing critical aircraft maintenance and repairs to unlicensed mechanics in China, Singapore, Mexico, and El Salvador. And while the U.S. airlines have raked in tens of billions of dollars for checked baggage alone in recent years, our skies (and our airports) are not getting any safer.

What's more, McGee explains how both political parties and all branches of the U.S. government have conspired to place corporate interests above the interests of consumers, workers, the nation's economy, and even the planet itself. Attention All Passengers will change the way you view the airline industry and make you think twice the next time you see the fasten seat belts sign.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Frances | 11/21/2013

    " Could have been better. Though I will never travel in anything but cotton and wool again. And I'll make sure my soon-to-be grandchild always has his own seat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krafryn | 9/22/2013

    " Reads like a textbook with a lot of statistics. I did learn a few things but I skimmed through it looking for information I already didn't know. What I already knew: the airline industry making consumers crazy. No wonder there is air-rage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 9/13/2013

    " This book is stunning. If you work in aviation, it verified so many of the suspicions I've had. It's a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/10/2013

    " Anybody who is planning to fly should read this book and then be careful how you travel. If you think the US government should work on the transportation policies, such as they are, this would also be a good place to start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri Huntley | 6/4/2013

    " Very interesting book regarding the entire history of the airline industry in the US, this book really has the insider view of the industry. Beware that it is just exasperating to find out how the industry and oversight of the industry works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2013

    " Learned alot about flying--probably more than I wanted to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 11/5/2012

    " An interesting look at the airline industry, but often repetitive and tedious. "

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