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Pilot debunks flying myths

Patrick Smith flies planes for a living and writes a popular blog called “Ask the Pilot.” He lives in Somerville and he’s out with his second book, “Cockpit Confidential” (published by Sourcebooks), which comes almost a decade after his first book, “Ask the Pilot.” Now 47, Smith, who says that he flies for a large commercial airliner (but won’t reveal which one), says that he hopes his books put to rest some of the common myths about airplane travel. Like, do we really have to turn off our cellphones?

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