News and notes from around the interweb:
- Employees caught mining Ethereum using Italian airport’s IT system
- Hotel chain CEOs think divided government means ‘compromise’ which is a euphemism for taking taxpayers’ money and handing it to hotels. Marriott by the way made a $100 million profit last quarter. Hotel rates and occupancy are down because people aren’t traveling due to the coronavirus – solving travel means getting past the virus not handouts. And by the way if a hotel owner defaults on a mortgage the hotel just gets re-sold to different owners, but up to this point there’s been no systematic risk to the financial system from hotel defaults.
- Indonesia plans to merge Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, and other government-owned travel companies into a single uber state-owned enterprise while having sufficient cognitive dissonance to believe this will (1) create a larger bureaucracy that’s more efficient and (2) make it easier to subsidize.
- TSA confiscates dead baby shark at Syracuse airport security checkpoint
You know you expected me to drop in Pinkfong’s Baby Shark here, but no:
- Politico reports that Association of Flight Attendants head Sara Nelson is in the running to be Labor Secretary. Presumably because she did such a great job mitigating the furlough of her members at United Airlines. Oh, wait.
- Denver won’t limit airport train capacity
- Is closing Berlin Tegel airport a big mistake?
- Dallas Fort-Worth airport renovations didn’t include doing anything to the bathrooms. But now at least Covid is driving them to add electronic sensors for a more distanced and contactless experience.