How Airline Boarding Spreads Disease and Has DB Cooper Finally Been Identified?

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Bottlenecks during the airline board process spread disease giving new meaning to the term ‘gate lice’.

  • Uber vs. Taxi: A Driver’s Eye View (HT: Marginal Revolution)

  • I grew up as a business traveler expecting to see mice in United’s Red Carpet Club at Washington Dulles, not in a British Airways lounge at Heathrow.

  • Southern California man accused of being DB Cooper, the man who hijacked a Northwest flight in 1971 and parachuted out midflight with a ransom never to be found, by a team of 40 volunteers including retired law enforcement investigators. The man “has offered strange denials that raise more questions than they answer.”

  • A TSA agent pulled his best Jay Baruchel impersonation with actress Brie Larson and it didn’t go over well.

    Here’s a hint for the TSA: Alice Eve would have a harder time refusing the advance. And either way, your colleagues can give her a secondary.

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  1. Airports are like islands built in the middle of fields with tons of trash, food, tunnels and hidden spaces to hide. Of course mice and rats will be in airports. I would assume the older and the bigger the more mice or rats you will have (but maybe not see).

  2. Bring on the mice! They’re the only meat on offer in the Galleries lounge these days anyway.

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