A friend recently asked if she should fly a domestic or international airline for her first trip abroad.

I said go international. In my experience foreign carriers offer more perks: free wine, better food, goofier safety films.

My favorite carrier so far is Turkish Airlines. At the beginning of our flight the staff handed out keepsake boxes containing lip balm, ear plugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, eye shades and socks. Socks!

Stuck in the middle seat, I also dug the live feed to cameras mounted on the front and bottom of the plane. I captured this footage during our Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York in May 2012.

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