News and notes from around the interweb:
- He’s not Michael Vick but he did stay at a Hilton brand property last night
- United elites earn 15,000 miles joining CLEAR through end of the month. Elites and cobrand cardmembers pay $109 for a year, so the miles are worth more than the cost for a year of expedited security. And if you pay with your Amex Platinum you get a statement credit that covers the cost (along with the cost of adding a spouse to your account).
- Alaska considers ending compliance with REAL ID. A lot of Alaskans don’t have drivers licenses to begin with, don’t use roads much where they’re needed in practice, but do wind up having to fly. Surely the feds will bully them sufficiently into compliance.
- JetBlue lacked staff to disembark stranded passengers off airplane The police were even called to rescue passengers
- We gave the important job of pipeline security to the bunglingest of bungling agencies, the TSA, and they’re screwing it up (surprise)
Oil and gas pipeline operators say the TSA’s cyber regulations are full of unwieldy or baffling requirements that could actually jeopardize pipeline safety and fuel supplies. …“In every sense, TSA has screwed this up,” said Robert M. Lee, the CEO of Dragos, a cybersecurity firm that works with critical infrastructure companies. “It is a giant cluster and in many ways is a perfect example of what not to do with a regulatory process.”
…Many of the TSA’s new requirements are based on protections for personal computers, not pipeline control systems, frustrating companies that aren’t sure how to comply with them. Other rules could require months or even years of painstaking upgrades that could interrupt pipeline operations.
- Delta gives 4% pay raise to non-union workers which is most non-pilots at the airline. meanwhile Kenya Airways is imposing pay cuts because its government bailout has been delayed.
- Aeromexico exits Chapter 11