Massive Fire At Florida Airport, Destroys Thousands Of Cars

News notes from around the interweb:

  • The noble lie about masks and coronavirus should never have been told

  • How travel will rebound after the coronavirus

  • Crew of a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Sydney balked when they learned they’d be carrying 135 passengers off of a cruise ship, many of whose fellow passengers had fallen ill. An American Airlines flight out of Miami was scheduled to fly passengers from these ships as well. Here’s how that was handled on Sunday, per the flight attendants union:

    Today, we were made aware that a large number of employees and passengers from cruise ships in the Port of Miami were scheduled to fly on American Airlines from Miami to Dallas/ Ft. Worth. Understandably, the crews scheduled to work these flights were concerned for their safety. APFA has been in discussions with American management since this morning to ensure that individuals scheduled to work these flights were fully informed so they could decide as to whether or not they felt comfortable working. For those that chose to work the flights, Personal Protective Equipment was provided, and the flight was scheduled with a larger aircraft to increase personal distancing.

    After careful consideration of our limited options and the short amount of time, we required, as a one-time exception, qualified Flight Service Managers to fill vacant Flight Attendant positions. Flight Attendants are our eyes and ears on the front line, so we appreciate that we were made aware of this issue early this morning.

  • Singapore Changi airport will close terminal 2 for 18 months with Singapore Airlines consolidating operations and terminal 3 and other airlines moving to other terminals. (HT: David H.)

  • Fire at the Fort Myers, Florida airport destroyed 3500 rental cars with as few people are renting cars at the airport nowadays the insurance payout is probably rental car companies’ lucky day.

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  1. Indeed. The RSW rental lot fire is probably the only good news for car rental companies these days.

  2. How often has a fire at an airport burned 3,500 cars? The timing is suspicious. Insurance companies should and will investigate carefully.

  3. In regards to the RSW rental car fire, there’s probably not going to be any insurance involved. In general the large rental car companies are all self-insured so they will probably have to just write off the vehicles as a loss.

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