News and notes from around the interweb:
- Members of Congress will lose their dedicated parking spaces at Washington National airport for the next four years.
- Radpad is asking customers not to pay rent with high interchange Visa credit cards and threatening to charge higher fees if they do.
- 1500 La Quinta returns points for linking a Visa and your mobile phone number to your account by June 30
- Delta passenger uses restroom before takeoff, gets bumped from flight
- Giant rabbit dies on United flight. Ironically the breeder herself is a former Playboy bunny.
Simon, a 10-month-old, 90-centimetre-long continental rabbit, had a vet check shortly before travelling from London’s Heathrow Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
She said Simon had been purchased by a celebrity she did not identify.
…Simon was expected to grow to be the world’s largest rabbit, surpassing his father Darius, who grew to 1.3 metres and more than 20 kilograms.
- Married man reports fake hijacking threat to avoid taking vacation with his online girlfriend. He sent her fake airline tickets, too.
- American Airlines is unilaterally giving out raises to pilots and flight attendants after having unilaterally handed bonuses to employees and of course US Airways employees generally got strong raises with the merger. American management really wants its employees to love them, and thinks they can make up for lack of attention by buying them things. It never seems to work that way though.
The wage increase translates to about $230 million in added costs for American in 2017, and an additional $350 million in both 2018 and 2019. The additional costs come at a time when the industry is dealing with rising fuel and labor expenses. American will announce its first quarter financial results Thursday morning.
The pay increase still needs to be approved by the unions representing the two employee groups, something American is optimistic will happen because it’s not asking for any concessions in return.