News and notes from around the interweb:
- TSA PreCheck is an important idea – risk-based security, focusing resources where there’s a greater chance of a threat. It’s why TSA as an acronym for ‘Taking Scissors Away’ is such a problem, because it distracts the agency from looking for actually dangerous items. When the TSA lets a member of a domestic terrorist group into PreCheck, however, the program doesn’t work very well. Not to worry, though, because the TSA says there are multiple layers of security. (HT: S.)
- A woman who opens for Margaret Cho was denied pre-boarding for the disabled on Virgin America and they’re raising a stink. The quite successful Cho “would take legal action if they had the money to fight a Goliath corporation.” While a regrettable incident somehow I think that if there was a legal case it wouldn’t be hard for her to find someone to take this on contingency.
- Easter Island – Tahiti route getting a 787!
- RyanAir won’t fly transatlantic after all. But the likes of WOW Air and Norwegian, and other new entrants, will certainly reshape the market over time.
- Aeroplan – an American Express and a Starwood transfer partner and Star Alliance program — now allows premium economy redemptions.
- Berlin planning to use mimes to shame badly behaving tourists (HT: Road Warrior Voices)
- Double JetBlue points on transcon flights
Must be a slow news day. Which “domestic terror group” did the “traveler” belong to? Al Qaeda? ISIS? Rotary? Mouseketeers?
Margaret Cho: “DYKWIA”?
Why won’t they just say it was Bill Ayres?
The weirdest 787 route is LAN flying between Frankfurt and Madrid. Everything about it is weird, but it makes for a great business class redemption using Avios.
Any idea how good or bad is Air Canada’s premium economy product?
The title of this post is simply not accurate. A woman who opens for Margaret cho. This isn’t the first lying clickbait I’ve encountered on this site. I’m annoyed at myself for falling for it but really, please up the integrity of this site.
@Chris Margaret Cho wasn’t claiming to be disabled, but she did want to preboard with her friend and she is complaining that they were not permitted to. My intention was to be accurate.