News and notes from around the interweb:
- Delta is dropping Los Angeles – London Heathrow (Virgin Atlantic, 49% owned by Delta, will add a second flight) and also dropping Newark – London Heathrow.
- I’m giving away a model EVA Airways Hello Kitty 777 and MicroUSB
- There’s a new campaign to raise taxes on air travel in the UK. Because flying British Airways isn’t expensive enough. Note that this is pitched as being a tax on leisure travelers (as though somehow businesses wouldn’t pay it) and that means those of us on awards, too.
- A lawsuit against Sabre was allowed to proceed alleging they intentionally added Arabic-sounding names to a no fly list. An 18-month old was denied boarding on a JetBlue flight as a result. Although I’m not clear on how Sabre, which asserts there was simply a glitch, would itself be adding names to the no fly list — presumably it has to do with connecting names from the list to passenger records — although perhaps some readers know more details than I do here. (HT: Carrie C)
- A flight from Canada to Mexico stopped in Phoenix and the FBI arrested one of the passengers for securities fraud. Because all that information sharing is just to stop terrorism. (HT: Bryan S.) The individual is suspected of being behind the manipulation of, among others, Cynk Technology — a social networking company with a single employee that ‘valued’ at $6 billion last summer. Here’s a fascinating hypothesis on how the scam may have worked, using government rules to force investors to pay extortionate prices for shares.
- Does the Supreme Court’s ruling in Los Angeles v. Patel have implications for the data airlines are required to collect on us and make available to the government?
- American Airlines receives 175,000 calls to reservations every day. They’ve hired over 1000 phone agents so far this year.