News and notes from around the interweb:
- Terry Maxon, writing stories as his retirement approaches at the end of the week, tells about breaking the news of American Airlines’ planned bankruptcy filing in 2011. And writing of the US Airways-American merger, “Those who said it would be a cold day in hell before American Airlines and US Airways would merge got the weather right but the location wrong.”
- Logging into your American Express account you may find a new offer $50 off $250 at Westin valid through the end of the year. It’s targeted, but if available to you then register — I know I’ll be able to use this for sure. I was able to add this to my Platinum card, but unsurprisingly not to either of my Starwood American Express cards. (HT: Deals We Like who had it offered to her on two cards.)
- Republic Airlines, which is a regional carrier for United, Delta, and American, is on the brink of bankruptcy because it cannot get its pilots to agree to a contract and cannot fully staff its flights.
- Two weeks ago I linked to a story about the Washington Post publishing a photo that makes it possible to reverse engineer a master key for TSA-approved locks. Via Scott H., Bruce Schneier makes the linkage to backdoors generally whether in physical security or cryptography.
- The New York LaGuardia renovation that won’t expand runway or airspace capacity is being costed at $8 billion even before work begins. Look for that total figure to rise.