News and notes from around the interweb:
- Story has been going around a bit virally about a NASA scientist and US citizen who was detained at the border returning to the country and told he had to disclose his phone password. Is this legal? (One reader suggests on twitter always wiping your phone before reaching the border and then restoring it from the cloud, which raises a whole different set of issues.)
- You’re now guaranteed to get the new, full flat World Business Class when flying a KLM Boeing longhaul aircraft. The final plane is in modification now, so everything in service is now flat (the 787 is most desireable for direct aisle access at every seat). Compared to what it was, a great improvement, and you get the little houses. But most aircraft could have really used direct aisle access.
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- Lufthansa’s Mediocre Business Class Installed on Their New A350s. They use the B/E Aerospace Diamond seat (not the Super Diamond) that United will be moving away from as they install Polaris. And while center seats offer direct aisle access, they’re also ‘ “footsie class”, where passengers’ feet point towards each other in an awkward V and are divided by a flimsy mini-screen at foot level.’
- 1 out of 1300 pilots failed a random breathalyzer.
- Nigeria’s main carrier Arik Air is being taken over by the government
- Woman arrested with raw animal brains in her luggage entering the U.S. at DFW airport.
- India is considering renaming their airports after cities instead of people
- Emirates is getting a hard time for not waiving their weight limit on free checked bags, Emirates charges aid worker £800 to take underwear to help poverty-stricken children at an orphanage in Africa.
‘The ones who have no legs spend a lot of time on their bottoms and their underwear gets worn out very quickly.
‘Last time I went I took pencils and educational things, but this time they wanted lots of underwear too.
‘It’s a real shame, in this day and age, that people can’t find it in their hearts to help’ said the retired schoolteacher.
On the one hand, Emirates already offers a generous free checked baggage allowance and their policy is easily found at emirates.com. On the other hand underwear for poor orphans. Oh my..