Airline jobs once inspired respect and envy. But at Los Angeles International Airport about 100 airline employees - from mechanics to pilots - are living in mobile homes parked just yards from one of the busiest runways in the world.
BBC News link here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8186690.stm
This story of mechanics and pilots living under the planes they fly is really quite depressing, and quite Ballardian. The article details how the dream of flying, the mystique and chic, have been stripped away. These men who followed their dream have found nothing at the end of the road.
Bob Poster, airline pilot, even looks like a Ballardian hero/anti-hero: