Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel blogger, and author. His “Ask the Pilot” column was a fixture in Salon for over ten years. He currently hosts the popular site Ask the Pilot, which covers all aspects of air travel, and is the author of the bestselling book Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections. He has appeared on over 200 radio and television outlets, and his work is frequently cited in numerous publications worldwide. An avid traveler who has visited more than eighty countries, he currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.