News notes from around the interweb:
- Without guests in hotels to live off of, will bed bugs survive?
Gary in 2013, The Only Time I’ve Experienced Bed Bugs
- Bali seems to be doing really well with coronavirus Denpasar airport is closed to international arrivals, but there’s no social distancing. Young population, combined with hot and humid climate and a tendency to be outdoors?
- Starting May 4 United will no longer offer lie flat seats between Newark and Los Angeles/San Francisco or Boston and San Francisco, putting standard domestic Boeing 737s on these routes which are cheaper to fly even with fuel prices low.
They’re scheduled to bring back lie flat service June 7, but there’s no guarantee they will do so (and they charge the same price regardless of inflight product).
- The head of Andalusia’s government in Southern Spain wants to break with the country and open its beaches this summer, because UK package tourists are big business. (HT: @LuxeTiffany)
- What life in the air teaches us about work from home, how to hang up on videochat gracefully,
Gary Leff is experienced in shutting down conversations without making enemies. He is the author of the air-travel blog View From the Wing, and in pre-pandemic times he flew on a plane about once a week, meaning he regularly found himself a captive audience to chatty seatmates. “You can start typing away on a laptop,” he wrote to me in an email. “‘I’m sorry, I have a presentation to finish’ has never failed for me. Is it a white lie? For me, never. I’m always working.”
Under lockdown, Leff is remaining truthful as he ends interactions. He’s taken to saying that he has “another call coming up.” “Notice I said ‘coming up’ rather than ‘about to start,’” he said. “In other words, it is at some future point—true! And there are things you need to do between now and the call—also true!” People looking after children right now also have a near-permanent excuse for leaving a call, he noted.
- Another take on what hotel stays will look like after the pandemic
- Dallas-based hospitality company with $2.2 billion in revenue, that owns Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Intercontinental branded hotels, picked up $59 million in CARES Act small business funding.
- Radisson Hotels: Earn 2,500 Bonus Points + save up to 25% on future stays in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific