News and notes from around the interweb:
- New bipartisan legislation in the Senate would have the TSA do temperature screenings at airports even though the CDC questions the effectiveness. This would be a 120 day pilot program but there’s already a pilot at LAX. U.S. airlines say they can’t do temperature checks themselves but they are already doing them. Turning the responsibility over to the TSA is a bad idea for 7 reasons.
So close to an election, and with partisan rancor heating up over the Supreme Court, my guess is this doesn’t get done before Congress recesses. Knowing our government they’ll institute these just after the pandemic has passed.
- The UK Foreign Minister’s bodyguard left his gun on a United Airlines plane. It was found by cleaners at his seat. The usual way guns are left on planes, by air marshals, is forgetting them in the bathroom Godfather-style.
- China says US spy planes are disguising themselves as civilian aircraft and as a result civilian aircraft are put in jeopardy (what’s unsaid here is ‘because China might start shooting down civilian flights’). Regardless of what the U.S. is doing, this is dangerous rhetoric.
“It’s a common trick for the US Air Force to impersonate the transponder code of civilian aircraft from other countries … It is of a vile nature,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said earlier this week.
“We urge the US to immediately stop such dangerous provocations, to avoid accidents from happening in the sea and air.”
- Singapore Airlines permanently closes its lounges in Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, and Adelaide
- In 2005, Helios flight 522 crashed into a Greek hillside. Was it because one man forgot to flip a switch? (HT: Christian M.)
- Does the Vatican need a Korean Air-style reboot? What an unusual metaphor for the subject matter, talks more about Korean Air flight 801 than it does about the Pope.