The starting of the engines proceeds with no noticeable movement and hardly any noise, just a gradually increasing whine. As the airplane taxies out, elevator music wafts gently down from the speakers. The takeoff run is quick and the climb steep, so within minutes the airplane has reached an altitude from which few features on the surface of the earth are distinguishable. Not that it matters since few passengers on today’s large airliners are close enough to a window to see out, and in any case, many passengers keep their window shades down so they can watch a movie. It is all very antiseptic, with no vibration, no noise and little turbulence. Of course, the cockpit door must remain locked to keep out crazy people, so there is no way that a young boy or girl can be given a chance to see what it is like to have the world spread out before them, or to witness the magic dance of the dials and gauges.