News and notes from around the interweb:
- United is offering customer service training to front line staff
- Come join friends at the DC area travel meetup from 5:30pm-8:30pm on Thursday, February 8th.
- How low is crime in Singapore? (HT: Marginal Revolution)
In 2016, the island nation’s police reported 135 total days without any crimes including snatch-theft, house break-ins and robbery. That low crime rate means many small businesses enjoy little concern about shoplifting.
In fact, as CNBC recently observed, many local businesses take few precautions when closing shop at night.
For instance, in the ground floor lobby of a mixed-use building in the downtown business district, many shops don’t have windows, locks — or even doors.
A Starbucks located in Raffles Place, one of Singapore’s busiest underground train stations has no formal doors. Rather, a small rope indicates when the store is closed, and merchandise is all still displayed and within an arm’s length of commuters.
- TSA refused alternative screening for a pregnant woman
- China Eastern has become the first Chinese airline to allow cell phones to be used inflight while in airplane mode. People have gotten sent to jail for this but we learned about 4 months ago that these restrictions would be loosened. (HT: Chris G.)
- Lost Luggage? Why Airlines Can Be Slow to Help (HT: Tommy L.)
- Buzz Aldrin loses it at the Delta Airlines check-in counter (HT: One Mile at a Time)