News and notes from around the interweb:
- Honolulu is considering vaccine passports for restaurants, bars, and gyms
- The high cost of getting required Covid testing in remote places. At least if you make a remote spot your last stop, and only need testing for return to the U.S., you can buy one in the States to take with you and administer yourself under the supervision of an outsourced call center agent. Much better than $6000 to fly in a doctor.
- Hyatt sending out American Airlines amentiy kits Hyatt tells me they “have randomly selected a small number of World of Hyatt Globalists who have linked their World of Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts to provide them a small gift.”
For the record I did not receive one. Maybe it was random though more than one American executive has told me I’ve been scratched off of distribution and invite lists in the past (I’m not the most popular guy over at Skyview 8).
- American’s then-Senior Vice President Jill Surdek warned cabin crew they wouldn’t like the schedules they flew if they didn’t take voluntary early outs. But most people didn’t really internalize what that meant. Now they do. Then again they’re being asked to do less service in the cabin while they’re working.
Jacqueline Petzel, a Chicago-based flight attendant with American Airlines who is currently working on reserve, said that during the first week of August, she was woken up repeatedly at 2 a.m. by American and had only two hours to race to the airport and then work a 15-hour shift.
Between some recent shifts, Ms. Petzel, 34, said she had been given only the minimum 10 hours of rest at the hotel.
During that time, she had to get dinner, shower, call family, wind down, sleep, eat breakfast and get ready for the next shift, leaving just four or five hours for actual sleep, Ms. Petzel said.
“It’s hard to keep your eyes open when you’re up that early and it’s a long flight,” Ms. Petzel said. On a recent layover in Las Vegas after a 15-hour day, she fell asleep in her uniform.
- Learning to live with Covid. Meanwhile in Israel ‘fully vaccinated’ means 3 doses.
Singapore PM Lee Hsieng Loong tells the country that Delta means Covid-Zero is impossible, heralds a "new situation" backed by a world-leading 80% vaxx rate & says the country must now "change gears" toward a new normal. pic.twitter.com/qVBqwk5ksC
— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) August 29, 2021
- If you’re stuck in a hurricane, don’t you need a drink more than usual?
Not sure this video captures it, but the sound of the wind now racing through the skyscrapers in downtown New Orleans is powerful Meanwhile, some guests in this Marriott upset that hotel has stopped lobby alcohol sales. pic.twitter.com/NzEaJLc8yf
— Tim Craig (@timcraigpost) August 29, 2021