New American Airlines Pajamas Are Made Of Plastic [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Today American Airlines will start providing international first class pajamas made from recycled plastic bottles. Yeah, that sounds comfortable. And less sustainable. As JonNYC points out aren’t the most comfortable pajamas going to be used and reused the longest, while uncomfortable ones thrown away (landfill) after each use?

  • On average pilots do not share the politics of other unionized work groups at an airline…

  • Alaska Airlines, which has probably done the best of any airline delivering service while other carriers use Covid as an excuse for cutbacks, will reduce service through end of January at the behest of flight attendants who want less work for same pay. This is the same airline that made a music video parody to explain why there’s no material Covid risk in the cabin. It appears that here they’re reacting to threats of a sick out?

  • Plaid class action settlement if you’ve linked a bank account to anything online odds on you’ve used this service and are eligible for a piece of the $58 million settlement, how much yet is unclear. (HT: Doctor of Credit)

  • One free year of Wall Street Journal online access for Visa Signature cardholders you enter the first 8 digits of a credit card to validate you have a Visa Signature, but you don’t provide your credit card so you aren’t automatically billed at the end of the year. Back around 2014 I claimed a year-long print subscription that came with digital and just kept putting the subscription on vacation hold and digital access lasted seven years. (HT: Doctor of Credit)

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Comments

  1. Fibers spun from PET are no different than any other synthetic fiber. Unless one has never enjoyably worn any synthetic garment, I do not see any reason to take issue with RPET clothing (especially without even trying it one).

  2. Using recycled polyester reduces the need to drill for more petroleum. Many pajamas are a cotton/poly blend, nothing wrong with that.

  3. I tried to register for the Wall Street Journal with three different Visa Signature cards, but a message appeared that I wasn’t eligible for the offer. It appears that the offer is only valid for cards issued by JP Morgan.

  4. @Gary – Come on, you’re smarter than this. If you’ve spent time living in the US without some specific allergy, you’ve worn cotton/polyester blend. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, a low-cotton blend is my personal preference b/c I can dry them in the dryer on medium without shrinking, but at a high enough temperature to help kill bacteria. It also has the benefits of both cotton and polyester (e.g. breathability, but also wicking away moisture), but those benefits aren’t why *I* like it.

    This is a win for everyone except those that strongly prefer 100% cotton.

  5. Lolz, ultra silly boomer environmental skepticism.

    “I can’t handle fabrics that are chemically identical to other synthetic fabric blends because I don’t like recycling!”

  6. Link for the free WSJ not working for my chase preferred card, which I believe is a Visa signature

  7. They normally use plastic that has been taken out of the ocean. I have purchased a few shirts for charity made from ocean plastic and you do not feel the difference at all.

  8. No luck on the free WSJ offer with either my United Explorer or Bonvoy Boundless cards, both of which are Visa Signature. But Poshvine now has my mobile number. Thanks.

  9. Ditto other comments about WSJ not working. Navy Federal Credit Union card (definitely a Visa Signature) comes up as not valid too.

  10. Guess what, you’ve probably already been wearing RPET clothing without knowing it. Also, the free WSJ offer has had a lot of failures – just go to the comments section of DoC to see the details. No need to rehash “my xxx card didn’t work” here.

  11. If AA thinks they can retaliate against the pilot for the sticker, that horse left the barn with the AA-approved BLM pins on flight crew in 2020. Somehow I doubt that Dana Finley Morrison complained about that.

    Personally, I’d wish that politics on the job would go away, regardless of viewpoint. On your own time, you’re free to have any viewpoint. On the job, or in uniform, keep it professional. But someone declared that it’s all politics, all the time, or your complicit, so stop whining when your opponents pick up on the new policy.

  12. I tried the WSJ offer with two of my JP Morgan cards without success. Not going to take the time to try any more of my cards.

  13. “cowardly rhetoric” Apparently there are still some people who are too obtuse to comprehend reality. I say “kudos” to the pilot as Biden and the socialistic DemocRats continue to destroy America.

  14. @C_M As a private employer, AA can sanction its employees for any reason it sees fit as long as it doesn’t violate their employment agreement. As long as they aren’t doing so in a way that would invite strict scrutiny under the Civil rights act of 1964, they can discipline an employee for anything. What kind of socialist are you that thinks a business shouldn’t have the right to discipline their employees for behavior that they do not agree with at work?

  15. @Frank Generally speaking, employers don’t have carte blanche, it really depends on the state law they operate under. And they need to be even handed – especially in cases involving labor unions. If AA had a “No Politics on Company Time” policy, they would have a case. Once they opened the door with the sanctioned BLM pin, they weakened their case to punish the pilot. If he had used a blatant explicative, sure, they’d have more of a case, but he didn’t. Even the #FJB is still a euphemism.

    Furthermore, AA is based in Dallas and Texas has a law that “Employers may not retaliate against employees for voting a certain way by reducing or threatening to reduce their compensation or benefits.” If you could get a judge to accept it, and it may be a stretch, I’m pretty sure a Texas jury would not be hostile to the claim that disciplining someone for a “Let’s Go Brandon” sticker was retaliating against him for not voting for Joe Biden. And if something does happen to the pilot, just watch Texas pass a law prohibiting companies from viewpoint discrimination – California already has such a law.

    The best thing companies could do would be to restore a “No Politics” policy while on the job or representing the company in uniform. It would keep everyone but the most woke happy, and customers as well.

  16. I like how everyone is knocking these PJs without actually trying them. From my experience flying internationally (pre covid of course) almost everyone basically leaves their used PJs on the plane when they leave. Rich people aren’t taking home cheap cotton PJs to begin with. only frequent fliers who get free upgrades keep the PJs for novelty.

  17. Well said. Totally agree. You use them and leave them. Then new pair next time. Regrettable many travel sites are more credit card sites and they writing on airlines displays an inherent buas, as we see against AA here. As long as they are safe, sounds good. At least they are bug enough unlike British Airways and other TATL carriers.

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