News and notes from around the interweb:
- Family flew to the wrong Portland (Maine) and a TSA screener spent his own money to help them get to Oregon.
- Atlanta airport will hire a firm to ‘secret shop’ airport retailers and monitor their compliance with ‘street pricing’ rules (that prices can be no more than 10% higher than off-airport) at a cost of $875,000 over 3 years.
- Air Canada favors mandatory Covid testing and thinks that’ll help it get government subsidies – they want in on some of that sweet sweet taxpayer cash their U.S. competitors and partners have been been getting drunk on.
“We compete with the U.S. airlines, so we think that a similar program [to the CARES Act], maybe with some Canadian modifications, would best suit the airline industry up here in Canada,” Rovinescu said when asked what kind of Covid aid the airline would like from the government.
U.S. carriers received more than $65 billion in Covid-related relief.
- Mayor kicks contractor Eulen America out of Miami airport (HT: Michael P)
The company provides ramp, cargo, cleaning and baggage-handling services to American, MIA’s largest carrier, and to Delta.
Miami Herald news partner CBS4 first reported the unsafe working conditions for Eulen workers in April 2019, including broken equipment and entire shifts outdoors without water breaks.
After the CBS4 story, workers said Eulen cleaned out the cockroach-infested supply trucks and added a truck with Gatorade to the tarmac.
- Hotels pivoting to become adult entertainment video studios during the pandemic
- Cayman Airways refers to the Boeing 737 MAX as the 737-8. In a recent announcement on fleet restructuring, Singapore Airlines did as well. Boeing tried this trick in August.