News and notes from around the interweb:
- As they do each year, American Airlines is offering the ability to spend money to buy up to higher elite status. It’s expensive but not as expensive as United.
- Man Sues American Airlines Alleging Flight Attendant Kicked Him Off Plane Because He Was Speaking in Russian it was a mask dispute (he’d taken his off to swallow medicine, he says) but he says it was motivated by his national origin. The specifics of this case aside, American Airlines flight attendants have handled mask confrontations less well than crew at some other airlines.
“A male flight attendant saw that I was about to drink my water and he immediately started yelling at me to put my mask back on,” Boris says in the lawsuit. “I told him nicely that I needed to take my pills and would pull my mask up immediately after taking such pills. However, the flight attendant did not care.”
“Instead, he started screaming and yelling at me and began clapping his hands in my face, saying that I am off the flight. While he was clapping his hands in my face, he hit my hand, which caused my pills to be knocked out of my hand.”
…At this point, one of his daughters started crying and became faint. The flight attendant, however, didn’t show any sympathy and instead allegedly told her that if “she did not shut her mouth” then she, too, would also be thrown off the flight.
- Flight attendant at American Airlines wholly-owned regional subsidiary PSA reportedly upgrades girlfriend after takeoff, sits down next to her, and neglects duties while loudly chatting throughout the flight
- I love what Boom is doing, aand it makes sense to will this thing into existence, but it’s going to take awhile. They do not have an engine yet.
In sticking with its 2025 first flight plan, without a launched engine by Rolls-Royce, Boom is making claims about its schedule that it simply can’t keep. The first GTF to test was done 3 years before flying on C Series. Actual hardware needs to be going to test now. It’s not.
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) January 26, 2022
- While Delta is making a big deal about return of hot meals in first class in March, American hasn’t made announcements and is apparently pushing back its gradual roll out to mid-February. Meanwhile United is trialing improvements to its international business class service flow.
SO, the commencement of this is now delayed till mid-February.
— ˜”*° JonNYC °*”˜ (@xJonNYC) January 25, 2022