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Aviation expert discusses the new realities of air travel

Anyone who wonders why they are always in the last boarding group — regardless of seat assignment — should read “Full Upright and Locked Position” (W.W. Norton & Co., $24.95) by Mark Gerchick. A former chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration and policy official of the Transportation Department, he reveals what he calls the “not-so-comfortable truths about air travel today.” We asked Gerchick, now an aviation consultant, for tips on how to best navigate the often confusing and frustrating world of air travel.

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