Ever stop and think about what goes in to the process of getting the fancy wood veneer products airlines use in their premium cabin seats? Me, neither. Fortunately, however, someone did. And the story is a lot scarier (or sexier, depending on your view of such things) than I expected. Deals with local “families” for protection or access are not especially rare and gunshots are a risk in the industry.
It is a fascinating story and one which will have me thinking twice next time I settle in to a premium seat and admire the wood grain inlays. Someone likely worked mighty hard to make that happen. And, to be fair, a lot of the fancier (and more rare) woods end up on private jets rather than commercial aircraft, but still a crazy fun story to read.