News notes from around the interweb:
- American Airlines was the worst performer financially before the crisis. With more debt than ever it’s not likely to succeed once the crisis ends. Limping along with financial help from the government will just drag down the rest of the industry. At least that’s the thesis of this piece, “Is American Airlines Worth Saving?”, which outlines a case for the Treasury Department to deny a CARES Act loan to American.
- Wow: Inquiry alleges tampering of hard-landing A321 cockpit recorder
- Atlanta airport is installing internet-enabled smart hand sanitizer dispensers that will ping custodial staff when they need to be refilled. Hand sanitizer dispensers. Connected to the internet. That say something when they’re thirsty. The virus may kill us all, but we’ll leave behind a robot society capable of asking for hand sanitizer.
- On Thursday morning a reader suggested I go to the CLEAR website and ask for a membership extension because I haven’t been traveling. I used the live chat feature and they immediately extended me by 3 months.
- Definitely bummed to see this property go.
I'm so sad to hear that the InterContinental #Moorea Resort & Spa will be permanently closed to preserve the other hotels within the Pacific Beachcomber hotel group. Such a beautiful location on #Moorea. #Covid_19
— Tiffany Dowd (@LuxeTiffany) May 28, 2020
- Maryann Mazza was the reason to be a member of the Admirals Club when I lived in DC. She did amazing things in Sabre. And she got me home to Austin many times, when working with anyone else I’d have been stuck at National airport. She has retired after 44 years with American. It’s people like Maryann (and the ladies in the Austin club) who created loyalty to the airline, loyalty that has withstood many of the mistakes that have been made by this management.
- Face masks required at Washington’s Dulles and National airports “Exceptions include children under age 10 and people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering.”