News and notes from around the interweb:
- Couple who tried to escape from Amsterdam tell their side of the story they were detained at the airport and sent into quarantine after one of them tested positive for Covid-19, but four subsequent tests came back negative.
- Amtrak considers dropping BofA as its co-brand card issuer
- My first stop for searching flights – for many years – has been ITA Matrix which is now owned by Google. It was a demonstration site, that doesn’t actually allow for booking (though there was a hacked together tool that would take its results and let you book them). It’s just the quickest and most powerful way to search, whether specifying the exact fare you want or the routing and airlines and then drilling down based on length of trip and other features.
It’s old, and the backend is outdated and not being maintained, but some Googlers are porting it over to a new technology to keep it alive. Here’s the new site. Most of you of course will just use Google Flights. (HT: Miles Earn and Burn)
[A] band of dedicated Google “20% time” volunteers has been working to rewrite Matrix using newer web technologies like Angular, while aiming to preserve most of the existing functionality. …Use the new Matrix to search for itineraries with the control and power you are used to, including routing and extension codes, calendar searches, filters, and time-bars to visualize the resulting options.
- Woman runs onto tarmac at LAX, waving down a Southwest Airlines plane
Wow, I'm sitting here at @flyLAXairport @SouthwestAir & this white young lady runs out the door & on the tarmac trying to wave a plane down. It seems like it took the police forever to get here. If she were Black, she would be shot (with no questions asked) pic.twitter.com/85IPXbnVi1
— Tezlyn Figaro (@TezlynFigaro) November 30, 2021
- She’s lucky she wasn’t arrested for stealing the car that Hertz failed to give to her, tbh.
I had a Very Bad experience with @Hertz over Thanksgiving.
This is what happened & the letter I wrote. We are totally fine, & our Thanksgiving ended up wonderful, but I suspect this is a fraudulent business practice, & I want to give it visibility for those who don't or can't. pic.twitter.com/cr9haMSeXd
— Kate Klonick (@Klonick) November 30, 2021
- British Airways is suing the City of Chicago over runway debris that took 3 Boeing 787s out of service.