News notes from around the interweb:
- Shawn Coomer says he got Hyatt to extend his top tier status through February 2022 just by asking. So I asked, but they did not extend mine.
View From The Hyatt Regency Jersey City
- 3 TSA screeners at San Jose airport tested positive for COVID-19 that’s not good, maybe fewer pat downs at the airport for all of our sakes?
People have to queue together at the security checkpoint. Screeners come into contact with myriad passengers. In my experience they do not change their gloves nearly often enough, nor wash their hands frequently on shift. It’s no surprise screeners working in an area with a concentration of cases would test positive for the virus. I suppose one bit of good news is lines may be much shorter than usual due to fewer passengers.
- U.S. Bank launching two new cards March 30
- The military is buying Boeing refueling planes that don’t work. By the way, the story gets worse than this:
[T]he Pentagon earmarked $2.85 billion in the 2020 budget for 15 Boeing aircraft it can’t use — while retiring 29 refueling tankers that still work fine to free up resources for the new planes.
…From the beginning, the tanker replacement program has been beset by scandal. Back in 2003, observers raised eyebrows when the Air Force stated it would lease 100 767-based tankers from Boeing instead of buying them outright, as is the standard practice. Then it emerged civilian Air Force official Darleen Druyun had been essentially working for Boeing from the inside in exchange for a high-paying job with the company. The suspicious leasing arrangement was axed, while Druyun and Boeing’s chief financial officer were convicted of corruption.
- If this American Airlines claim were true the flight attendant’s union wouldn’t have just won arbitration over the sick policy which penalized employees for taking banked sick time. (And by the way the policy of awarding points or demerits for taking sick days doesn’t just apply to flight attendants.)
- What American Airlines is telling employees about coronavirus, an interview with their contract Chief Medical Officer.