News and notes from around the interweb:
- FAA changes its rules to keep Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos from being considered ‘astronauts’ the timing is clearly tied to their space efforts, so there’s no mistaking the intention, which seems more than a little unfair regardless of the ultimate merit of the new criteria.
To qualify as commercial astronauts, space-goers must travel 50 miles (80km) above the Earth’s surface, which both Mr Bezos and Mr Branson accomplished.
But altitude aside, the agency says would-be astronauts must have also “demonstrated activities during flight that were essential to public safety, or contributed to human space flight safety”. What exactly counts as such is determined by FAA officials.
- What happens when only one London Heathrow border officer shows up to work at terminal 5
- Another 3 year old kicked off a Southwest flight over masks
- Starting in October London Heathrow will introduce a £5 ‘passenger dropoff charge’ for all vehicles entering the airport, as some other airports do. It is for “improving air quality and reducing congestion” but the truth is it’s a revenue-raiser. It’s expected to bring in 100 million pounds per year
The charge zones will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, with the charge being paid online, via mobile phone or an automated telephone service.
Parking fines will be handed out to those who do not pay the charge, Heathrow bosses warned.
- American Airlines is scaling back its Austin expansion… slightly: reductions in weekend service to business markets. Legacy US Airways, of course, ran very much reduced Saturday schedules. Seeing Cancun buck the trend isn’t surprising. Vasu Raja recently said they’re scouring Mexico for airports they don’t serve that have paved runways.
– El Paso – No Saturday flight
– Cincinnati – No Saturday flight
– Oklahoma City – No Saturday flight
– Reno – No Saturday flight
– Indianapolis – Reduce from 2x to 1x on Saturday
– Nashville – Reduce from 2x to 1x on Saturday
– New Orleans – Reduce from 2x to 1x on Saturday
— Ishrion Aviation (@IshrionA) July 25, 2021
- That time American Airlines Boeing 737s had reasonable legroom and padding in the seats.