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Film studio helps fearful fliers get off the ground
Film studio helps fearful fliers get off the ground

As the passengers lined up to walk through an X-ray machine in the airport terminal, a surly security officer bellowed commands to the travelers. "Empty your pockets," she said. "Put all your items in the bin yourself. Take your shoes off." A few minutes later, the weary passengers walked down a jet bridge to board a Boeing 757. They settled into their seats, buckled up and prepared for takeoff as the jet engines rumbled. Capt. Ron Nielsen, a self-described "hope merchant," wasn't in the cockpit. Instead, he was in the aisle holding a microphone. "That's the taxiing-out noise," he said, explaining the dog-like bark of a hydraulic...

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