News and notes from around the interweb:
- Although a pilot admitted that passengers had to stand on a flight from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, the airline now denies it.
Pakistan International Airlines admits they had 7 more passengers than the plane has room for (meaning also not enough oxygen masks to go around). They just say the passengers couldn’t possibly have had to stand, although they offer no alternative explanation at this point for what they did instead (perhaps they sat in the aisles).
The world’s worst airline indeed.
Boeing 777 on Approach to New York JFK in 2014, Copyright zhukovsky / 123RF Stock Photo
- London Heathrow airport has ‘ambassadors’ supposedly there to help travelers. They’re actually directing passengers to duty free shops in exchange for bonuses. Airports are designed to sell you not to service you.
The airport employs more than 150 of these to help travellers once they are through security. “Whether you’re looking for flight information, directions or any kind of help with your journey, our team will get you quickly on your way,” the airport says on its public website, explaining the role of the ambassadors.
But what the company does not make clear is that the employees, who wear a distinctive purple uniform – as well as helping passengers find their way about – are set strict targets about persuading them to visit shops and spend money.
- United launched Polaris service — upgraded meals and amenities in business class — back in December. But so far only brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft have the new seats.
Those debut internationally on San Francisco – Hong Kong March 25. One Mile at a Time reports that the second route will be Newark – Tel Aviv. United has two Tel Aviv flights, and the late night flight in both directions will get the new seats commencing May 5.
It’s sort of strange that the only Polaris lounge open so far is Chicago but Chicago doesn’t get any Polaris seats — although Newark and San Francisco will get Polaris lounges this year.
- N885FD with “FedEx Panda Express” 2017 special markings transports Bao Bao to China
- Australian childrens’ author gets an apology from the US government for her stupid detention at LAX immigration
- Security expert wrestles rowdy passenger, fearing terrorist attack