April 23rd, 2010
09:10 AM ET

World's scariest airlines? Sign him up

In 2008, journalist Carl Hoffman embarked on a five-month trip using modes of transportation that most leisure travelers would avoid at all costs but that many people around the planet board every day, for his new book "The Lunatic Express."

Hoffman recently talked with CNN.com about his quest. The following is an excerpt of that interview.

CNN: Did you ever fear for your life?

Hoffman: Never directly. In Afghanistan, I was kind of nervous, [but] the longer I was there, the less scared of it I got, because you start to understand what the situation is.

CNN: How do you book a hotel in Kabul? Do you just go online? FULL POST

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