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The Last Flight

by Julie Clark

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The Evolution of Air Travel and Airport Security

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Passenger plane in sky The action in Julie Clark's novel The Last Flight begins as two women decide to switch identities at an airport and each board the other's flight. One of the two airplanes crashes into the ocean before reaching its destination.

In 2019, over 4.5 billion trips were scheduled on commercial airplanes worldwide, and 1.1 billion of these were on airlines serving the United States either domestically or internationally. It's big business, too; as of 2019, statistics reported by the FAA stated that aviation contributed more than 5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, and approximately 10.6 million jobs in the country were being generated by the industry.

Following the first successful airplane flight made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903, the first commercial airline was a short-lived venture that took off (literally) on January 1, 1914, when two businessmen in Florida decided to try to provide routine flights between Tampa and St. Petersburg. The two cities are situated...

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