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Full Upright and Locked Position: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel Kindle Edition

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"...strangely compelling and very readable." --Wanderlust

About the Author

A former chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration and a US Transportation Department policy official, Mark Gerchick is an aviation consultant.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 039334939X
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q6XL1Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2013
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Mark Gerchick's new book "Full Upright and Locked Position", is an insider's look at the airline industry in the past ten or so years. A lawyer, Gerchick has worked as counsel for both the FAA and the DOT. Now he's an consultant to airlines which are struggling to stay ahead of the economic and legal and safety problems which have plagued the airline industry. Mark Gerchick makes reference to another recent book - by pilot Patrick Smith - who looks at the industry from a slightly different point-of-view. Both books are very good and give the interested reader a view from both the cockpit (excuse me, "flight deck") and the business end of flying. Smith's book is a more passionate, personal book while Gerchick's is more measured emotionally, but both are worth reading.

I'm a former travel agent and probably a bit more "into" the business end of the airline industry than most readers. When Gerchick writes about fare manipulation by smart flyers and talks about "hidden cities" and buying two cheap round-trip tickets and throwing away half of each, I "get" what he's talking about. Hell, in my career twenty years ago, I was considered the "queen of point-afters" by my clients. But after the airlines quit paying commission to travel agents, the business model of travel agents using airlines as a source of income cratered and was hurt further by the internet and travelers becoming their OWN travel agents. That was in the mid-1990's and the airline business never looked back. Perhaps they should have, but that's for another book. Gerchick's book is about the years post-2000

Many people think the airlines tales-of-woe began post 9/11, but they really began a bit earlier. The economic downturn beginning in the early 2000's was exacerbated by the attacks of September 11th.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cribb on 22 May 2015
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Bit of a technical journal but interesting for all that. Don't read it at the airport though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Far cry from Cockpit Confidential 24 Sept. 2013
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Although there are a handful of interesting tidbits, Full Upright is a distant second to Cockpit Confidential. Written from the perspective of a bureaucrat and not a pilot, Full Upright focuses more on policy and operations than technology.

It has a tendency to be repetitive and incomplete at times and condescending at others. For example, it introduces acronyms without defining them, saying that the readers don't care what the letters stand for, or discusses technical concepts with scant description because it would be too "tedious" or "boring". Please, let the readers decide for themselves.

It also refers to past events assuming that readers are already familiar with them. Minimally a brief description each event should be included.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow! Eye-opening, even for aviation professionals 10 Sept. 2013
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First, I read this on a long flight. That's a great place to contemplate the revelations in this book. As a long-time commercial pilot, I knew those facts about the science of flying that the author reveals (which are valuable for all) - but the rest of the revelations were nothing short of fascinating. Just the discussion about the passenger environment inside the aircraft today (and tomorrow) is worth the cost of the book. So many interesting and important things about aviation are revealed in this book that you should read it just to understand how you are managed, priced, herded, treated - and the way in which this is likely to play out in the future.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Reiterates much of what we already know 16 Aug. 2013
By Kristopher Munn - Published on
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For a novice traveler, this book helps expose some of the 'secret' craft of the industry. For those of us who travel all of the time; most of the text is just a refresher of the information we are already all too aware -Understanding airline miles, seats, service and day to day travel is something most road warriors pride themselves on. That being said, the book does highlight on a few interesting topics about airline ticket price justification, as well as, helping the reader understand government regulations and the process that creates change. I enjoyed reading it, not because I gained much new insight; but, because I found myself nodding my head in agreement as if I was in an echo chamber.
Fascinating 7 Feb. 2014
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I knew basically nothing about air travel other than what I could glean from the passenger experience, but this book opened my eyes to so much about the industry! I love knowing the details about how everything works, what risks various problems pose, what pilots do up front. I also feel insanely jealous of first-class passengers now that I know all of the things they're showered with. (Apparently, on one airline, they can literally take a shower!) Oh well, the peasant's life for me. Regardless, I would really recommend this book to any air traveler, unless you're very nervous, in which case it might trigger your fears. It's a quick read, but really informative.
Interesting (and sometimes scary) airline truths 11 Feb. 2014
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This is an insider's look at how things really are in the current airline industry (at least well into 2013) and how dramatically things have changed since 9/11. It's an interesting read, but you may find that your expectations of what you will get when you fly will be greatly diminished. Safety isn't a problem - but comfort and humane treatment only come at a cost. I would recommend this to anyone who plans to do any flying in the near future - if for no other reason than to properly set your expectations.
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