A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 12, 1987

TIME's beat is the entire world, and it naturally follows that our correspondents are among the airlines' steadiest customers. In view of this week's cover story on air safety, it is noteworthy that few of these reporters, many of whom log tens of thousands of miles each year, express fears for their own safety while aboard an aircraft.

Chicago Correspondent Lee Griggs, whose reporting figures heavily in this week's cover, calculates that he has flown at least a million miles for TIME during the past 30 years. He has had more than his share of near misses: two flights from which...

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