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An air lane is the course regularly followed by airplanes.

It’s probably just because I’m not now, nor have I ever been a pilot, but the fact that there are air lanes has always seemed bizarre to me. Airplanes fly through the air. It’s not as if they need to follow a well-maintained roadway.

I understand that pilots and air traffic controllers want to avoid airplane crashes. If I’m a passenger on one of those planes, if someone I love or at least someone I somewhat like is on one of those planes, if my house is below where they are flying, or if I’m standing below where they’re flying then I’d like them to avoid crashes too. But isn’t there a better way of doing that than telling pilots, “well, yes, of course you’re allowed to fly through the air, but only along this particular strip of air, which might not be a straight line between your departure and arrival points?”

I don’t get it. Then again, not flying the most fuel-efficient route between points A and B is good for the jet-fuel companies. Maybe they have something to do with it. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you. It’s a conspiracy.

Remember, you heard it hear first. Just please don’t tell your friends where you heard it because it’s almost certainly malarkey and I have a reputation to protect.

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