Being able to get from one city to another by flying through the air is a wonderful thing — but it’s far from comfortable. And with airlines tacking on more fees all the time, it’s getting more expensive, too. On my America Weekend, I discussed the trials and tribulations of airline passengers with with Mark Gerchick, former chief counsel to the FAA and senior aviation official at the Department of Transportation, whose new book is “Full, Upright, and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths About Air Travel Today.”

We talked about those unregulated fees as a profit center for the airlines, why flying is still so safe, whether the air onboard is okay to breathe, whether being a pilot or flight attendant is still a good job, and whether the FAA will soon change its mind about having to turn off electronic devices during takeoff and landing.

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