News and notes from around the interweb:
- Southwest flight attendant’s union slams airline for bringing back alcohol on board starting February 16. Ironically “disturbances on American and Southwest [which haven’t been serving in coach] have been higher than on Delta and United during the pandemic, perhaps in part due to their strict no alcohol policy, which may have encouraged more passengers to bring their own alcohol onboard” or at least pre-game.
- East Hampton decided to close its commercial airport, and re-open almost immediately as a private airport. This had the benefit of reducing noise in the area (fewer flights) while not angering frequent billionaire visitors who would have sued (because they have private jets). The FAA says ‘no way’ to the plan and by the way it seems to be about pocketing $10 million from the airport, in part attributable to pandemic relief.
- Why business travel needs to return: Making an ask is much more effective in person versus over Zoom, and the effect is much bigger than people estimate. “Should I Ask Over Zoom, Phone, Email, or In-Person? Communication Channel and Predicted Versus Actual Compliance:”
- San Francisco’s transit system kept its restrooms closed for twenty years, because 9/11. And you wonder travelers still take off their shoes and surrender bottled water at airport security.
It didn’t take 20 years to build a single restroom.
Underground restrooms were closed for 20 years due to security concerns after 9/11.
Yes, this was not a joke. It was a frequent request from riders for many years, and they should know it is now open for the public. https://t.co/W1oyD17FiL
— SFBART (@SFBART) February 2, 2022
- Travel meme.
Take me to the Midwest pic.twitter.com/4F77k6NMvu
— Kenny Lay (Parody) (@EnronChairman) February 3, 2022
- Chicago O’Hare has a bit of practice at this.
Yesterday, our snow teams were working hard to keep runways and taxiways clear for arriving and departing flights. Who feels like a ride along? (🎥: IG / birdsoford ) #avgeek pic.twitter.com/fhC5bFYc9V
— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) February 3, 2022