Everyone has heard about the airport at St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles, where planes come in right over vacationers' heads on the beach.
I was always sort of skeptical that it could work the way people said (and YouTube videos showed), but here is how it looked while we were having lunch next to the approach path this afternoon.
It looked and sounded a lot closer than it may seem here. My first thought was: how is this legal? Second thought: glad it is, because it certainly is interesting.
Back to real subjects tomorrow.
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James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.