News and notes from around the interweb:
- El Al’s anti-missile system
- An attempt at valuations of the top 100 airline frequent flyer programs.
Some of these are wrong, for instance it seems unlikely Spirit Airlines Free Spirit is worth less than a billion dollars when the market lent them a billion against the value of the program. Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus is certainly worth more than $5 million (only 1/3rd the value of TAAG Angola’s program?) while Royal Air Maroc’s membership in oneworld surely pushes the value of Safar Flyer above the estimated $49 million. Can a oneworld program really be worth less than Sun Country’s Ufly Rewards?
- Why hospitality and leisure is still down half a million workers compared to pre-pandemic even though everyone’s working. They all got office jobs. (WaPo)
- How gross are hotel bathtubs? (Daily Beast, HT: Paul H)
It turns out, it’s difficult to say how dirty these tubs are. One study suggests that many bathtubs have a biofilm that only comes off with intense scrubbing. Another study found that 81 percent of surfaces sampled in hotels had fecal matter—suggesting that perhaps bathtubs aren’t the grossest thing in your hotel room. Another suggested leaving your luggage in the hotel bathtub to avoid bed bugs because “they prefer dark crevices where they can hide properly,” and these are unlikely to be found in a bathroom.
Then, there’s the category of wellness tubs and pools. In 2010, a woman died from a disease she contracted in a wellness hot tub. Between 2000 and 2014, hotel pools were cited as the most frequent locations for chlorine-resistant bacteria infections, according to the CDC.
- Mother and daughter brawl with Spirit Airlines staff after being hit with bag fees