News and notes from around the interweb:
- Planes beat the Amtrak Acela on the NY-DC run. Scott Mayerowitz, Jessica Puckett, Danielle Vito, Brendan Dorsey and Zach Griff raced from the southeast corner of Central Park in New York to the White House in DC using two trains, two planes and a bus. The planes won, but of course they’re more subject to weather and air traffic delays which is why many people prefer the train.
- Lawsuit filed in German court over government access to airline passenger reservation data
- Miami is preparing to approve a $4 to $5 billion 5-15 year plan to renovate the airport. This plan will ultimately cost more and take longer than projected.
Central terminal check-in gets more natural light and check-in queueing space. The North terminal will renovate to allow Boeing 777s in the D14-D37 gates. Most importantly for passengers the miserable D60 American Eagle regional jet gets will get more waiting space, and modifications for handling large regional jets and narrowbodies. The South Terminal gets 3 new widebody gates and additional apron space. And the airport will get two hotels on airport grounds connected to the MIA Mover.
- Fascinating travel story from 1984: The schoolgirls who defied the Stasi: ‘Someone said, “What if we take him across the border?”‘
- Man was arrested bringing a sword through TSA at New York LaGuardia last week. TSA should be arrested for the Game of Thrones reference.
If you watch #GameOfThrones then you know that Jon Snow wields a nasty sword. What do you think he would make of this sword-cane that @TSA officers detected at @LGAairport this past weekend? TSA officers may like Game of Thrones, but they are not fans of cane-swords. pic.twitter.com/6XYHp8N3v7
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) May 13, 2019
- Umm. I personally wouldn’t put it that way, but the TSA did argue that it’s not sexual assault as long as it’s the government doing it.