News and notes from around the interweb:
- U.S. is pushing to get contact tracing details for passengers headed to the U.S. and it’ll be in place sometime after this year, likely when the pandemic is over. So the surveillance state will go when there’s no longer even a justification for it. The holdup has been that the CDC wants airlines to collect the information and transmit it to the government, rather than just having Customs and Border Protection handle it.
- People left $926,030 behind at TSA security checkpoints last year. TSA is like a stick up artist, and no one even resists empty their pockets… by the way, TSA gets to keep the money.
- Microsoft Flight Simulator typo created a 212-story tall building in Melbourne, Australia Meanwhile people are using Flight Simulator to visit Jeffrey Epstein’s island.
- Kaley Cuoco expects The Flight Attendant to air in November.
- Rental car fee class action settlement for anyone who rented at the San Diego airport between May 10, 2018, and July 24, 2020. You get $3.50 for each time you rented a car during the covered period. The lawyers get ~ $1.3 million. (HT: J.S.)
- Banned maskless Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill is a SkyMiles million miler. If flying Delta was somehow beneath him his past account activity certainly suggests otherwise.