News notes from around the interweb:
- NASA says they’ll send your name to Mars
- A federal law mandating wearing masks on planes was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. They’re a bit late to the game since U.S. airlines already require mask wearing to fly. So this would simply codify what already exists, though it would allow airlines to turn customer service problems into law enforcement problems – which always ends well.
- Priority Pass playing hardball during the pandemic? (HT: @DominicusHKG)
A source close to the matter told us that #PriorityPass withheld payments to many Chinese airports in an attempt to force them to take a lower entrance fee. While it worked with a few smaller airports, Baiyun as one of the largest airports said no to the bullying and banned them.
— FATIII Aviation (@FATIIIAviation) August 1, 2020
- I’m Not A Gangland Shooter, But I Did Stay In A Boston-Area Holiday Inn Express Last Night. Thursday morning Quincy, Massachusetts police were called to the Holiday Inn Express Boston – Quincy at 3:10 a.m. when a 31 year old man was shot.
Officers arrived in response to gun shots, finding a man who had been hit in the knee in the hallway of the second floor of the hotel. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center.
- Royal Air Maroc pilots asked to kick in $1000 apiece to sue the carrier over Covid layoffs
- You have no privacy, TSA dishes on what people pack in their luggage