This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. Pseudo-scientific American magazine attempts some sort of Jedi mind trick to make us think that we don't understand what creates lift in an aircraft. They even explain it perfectly and then do some sort of mental and verbal sleight-of-hand to say they haven't explained it. Probably there are some spindly goggle-eyed pallid-faced scientists in a dark basement at a university somewhere whose molecular flow simulations aren't working right and would believe this article. The kind of people who've never seen or done anything in life and contribute nothing to society, but say with confidence, "That can't work".
Fortunately such people don't work at NASA, or Boeing, or Airbus, or Lockheed-Martin, or Northrop Grumman, or General Dynamics, or 2nd grade classrooms where children make paper planes.
-Dave Bad Person