News notes from around the interweb:
- When movies make airline fanatics cringe
The international man of mystery bragged about his “pretty groovy jumbo jet” in this 1997 film. Powers was supposed to have been frozen and his “shagadelic” jumbo jet stored in either 1967 or 1968. Not possible! The Boeing 747 jumbo first flew in 1969, and the jet started carrying passengers in 1970 for Pan American World Airways.
- Andrew Kimmel’s year-end American Airlines mileage run that wound up in a Mexican prison has gotten movie offers with one project “already in the works.” Even though it turns out he wasn’t even mileage running to keep his Executive Platinum status, just to avoid dropping below Platinum Pro.
- I recently wrote that to understand relations between the U.S. and Iran you need to know about Iran Air flight 655 and indeed Iran’s President has invoked that in direct response to the President’s comments about the 1979 taking of U.S. hostages. (HT: Tommy L.)
Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290. #IR655
Never threaten the Iranian nation.
— Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) January 6, 2020
- Customs and Border Protection has been detaining Iranian Americans at U.S. border crossings and singling them out for hours-long additional questioning, without any particularized suspicion.
- These passengers couldn’t be prosecuted for their attempt to join the mile high club so they were prosecuted for their intoxication