News notes from around the interweb:
- Southwest makes a #MeToo change to their safety announcement telling passengers to let a flight attendant know about ‘unwelcome behavior’ by fellow passengers.
You know, Southwest used to call its automated ticketing machines “quickies” and flight attendants wore hot pants and gogo boots.
- Google is driving a lot more traffic to the American and Delta websites which helped AA.com to $63 million in revenue in a singe day.
- Reviewing Ross Douthat’s The Decadent Society, Peter Thiel opens with stagnation in modern aircraft. This isn’t entirely fair – we may once again see Concorde-type speeds from efforts like Boom aerospace, and there’s been tremendous innovation in safety since the 1950s – but by the metric of speed we haven’t done much.
When Boeing introduced its flagship 707 jet airliner in 1958, the power to cruise at 977 kilometers per hour did more than enable routine transcontinental commercial flights. It fed the optimistic self-understanding of a society proud to have entered the Jet Age. More than sixty years later, we are not moving any faster. Boeing’s latest plane, the 737 MAX, has a cruising speed of just 839 kilometers per hour—to say nothing of its more catastrophic limitations.
The since-retired 707 was a success. The new MAX looks like a failure.
- Tidbits from airline startup Breeze’s DOT filing
Embraer 195 in Breeze Airways Livery, Credit: Breeze Airways
- Department of Homeland Security considering using the data sharing part of REAL ID for immigration enforcement
- No seat back entertainment, so device power, what are two strangers to do on a long flight?