Embedded Player With long lines, overbooked flights and lost luggage, there's not much glamor or excitement in modern air travel. But flying wasn't always so mundane. Host Scott Simon talks to author Sam Howe Verhovek about his new book, Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World. It's the story of the competition between two nations, two global airlines and two rival teams of engineers to design a safe and lucrative transatlantic passenger jet.