William "Whip" Whitaker is the pilot of a plane which crashes, with 102 people on board, in the new film Flight. The previous night he was in a cocaine and alcohol-fueled frenzy with one of his flight attendants. He snorted cocaine in the morning to help him wake up, then snuck a few drinks while onboard the plane.
A few weeks ago, I watched a solid, white airplane trail remain visible while the plane flew over my head heading from east to west. I tried to tell my husband what I was seeing, but I couldn't remember what it was called. "A contrail, you mean?" he asked. Yes, that. Clearly I have something to learn here.