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William McGee author of Attention All Passengers to appear at Talking Leaves

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | November 08, 2012

BUFFALO - Talking Leaves will host a talk and book signing with William McGee, author of “Attention All Passengers: The Airlines’ Dangerous Descent and How to Reclaim our Skies,” a shocking expose of the airline industry and of the government regualtion process.

The free event takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3158 Main St., Buffalo.

Those wishing to have a book signed by the author are expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves as an act of support for the author, publisher and bookstore sponsoring the event.

“Attention All Passengers” is a shocking and important expose revealing the real estate of the skies in which we fly.

Award-winning Consumers Reports travel journalist McGee, a former editor of the Consumer Reports Travel Letter, spent nearly seven years in airline flight operations management and what he learned was less than uplifting.

From TSA power grabs and an endemic lack of oversight to legislative battles and lobbying boondoggles to antiquated flight patterns and outsourced maintenance workers, the airlines and the government are in cahoots, conspiring to turn profit any way they can, no matter who has to pay the price.

A provocative and hard-hitting call to action, this book will explode all of our previous misconceptions about the airline industry.

Of particular local interest, one chapter of the book is devoted to regional safety and focuses on the Colgan Air crash in Clarence Center in 2009.

While researching the book, McGee traveled to the crash scene and met with members of the Families of Continental Flight 3407, a Buffalo-based organization that has advocated on airline safety issues.

McGee is an award-winning travel journalist for Consumer Reports and former editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter. In 2012, the U.S. secretary of transportation chose him as the lone consumer advocate on the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.

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