Worst flight ever: Middle seat in the smoking section

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.salon.com/technology/ask_the_pilot/?story=/tech/col/smith/2011/02/21/worst_flight_ever

    October 1988, on the Wednesday before Halloween. That was the date of worst flight I was ever on.
    Define "worst." Well, it was a Northwest flight -- an overbooked DC-10 going from Boston to Copenhagen. We had center seats in a five-abreast middle block, in the aft economy cabin, smack in the middle of the smoking section. And the Danes, you see, have this thing when it comes to smoking: They do it constantly and they can't stop.
    An eight-hour red-eye, in a middle seat, shoehorned into a mob of chattering, chain-smoking Danes. Try to imagine it.
     
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    October 1988?
     
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    Yes. The author is telling a story to provide historical perspective, building to the points he makes later in the article.
     
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    Hint to the author: You don't "build" to points with wording like "While we're at it..." This is known as burying the lead.
     
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    My guess is he was a borderline D student at journalism school, or a retail clerk turned author?
     

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