News notes from around the interweb:
- The Maryland House killed the single use plastic toiletries ban in committee. (HT: Robert)
- Willie Walsh, retiring head of IAG (parent of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling) says coronavirus shouldn’t lead to airline subsidies or bailouts. It certainly presents survival risks for weaker players.
- China is offering subsidies to bring back flights to the country. The subsidies are available for both Chinese and foreign airlines. China appears to have contained coronavirus, but will foreigners now carrying it bring it back to China on these reinstated flights?
The reward scheme is split into a CNY0.0176 ($0.0025) per seat kilometre reward for flights on routes served by multiple airlines, and a CNY0.0528 reward per seat kilometre for a route where the carrier is a sole operator. The policy implementation period covers 23 January to 30 June.
- San Francisco airport will no longer permit airlines to make terminal-wide announcements in the international terminal.
- The failed escape: Sheikha Latifa’s doomed flight from Dubai
- House passes a bill to give full government union and civil service protections to TSA screeners and since these screeners don’t do much to provide actual security, it’s no big deal if the agency cannot fire or even remove workers who ignore security protocols. However the bill is going nowhere in the Senate. (If Democrats retake the Senate and White House, expect this to happen.)
- Korean Air’s ‘nut rage’ heiress is trying to overthrow her CEO brother