News and notes from around the interweb:
- Austin’s airport is bringing back live (instrumental) music ‘with precautions’ like masks on musicians “to provide passengers with local entertainment while in the terminal, and to continue providing paid gigs for the Austin creative community during a challenging time.” I’m not really in favor, though, of pumping extra respiratory droplets – perhaps aerosolized by instruments – into the terminal. Meanwhile many concessions have re-opened or are re-opening in the next couple of weeks (.pdf).
- I’m not sure how I missed this story a week and a half ago, but China made a move to harass Taiwanese air traffic. Hong Kong’s air traffic control refused permission for a Taiwanese plane to enter its airspace enroute to a Taiwanese island in the South China Sea. No NOTAM had been issued but Hong Kong ATC declared an aircraft which couldn’t fly above 26,000 feet was in ‘too much danger’ at altitudes of 26,000 feet or below.
- Clint Henderson does a nice job compiling a list of countries accepting Americans in many cases requiring quarantine or testing to visit. The pendant in me takes issue with including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the list, though Henderson acknowledges this as a conscious decision.
- Chase is giving 20% statement credits back on Chick-fil-A purchases, up to $30 via Chase offers. And if you aren’t traveling now the dispute over whether to allow Chick-fil-As in airports won’t even matter!
- How close are we to having planes with glass ceilings? The first major investor in Southwest Airlines, who joined its board, wanted the new carrier to buy Boeing 707s and put in skylights to that passengers could look up to the heavens.
- MedJet Assist covers Covid-19 medical evacuation with limited geographic region. (HT: Reid F.)
- Thai Airways isn’t flying much, so it’s turning life vests into bags they can sell