News and notes from around the interweb:
- A Kuwait Airways crew member was arrested smuggling gold into Bangladesh in the spring (Gold can apparently fly on Kuwait Airways even if Israelis cannot). A North Korean Diplomat tried smuggling gold into Bangladesh as well. Now another gold smuggling arrest in Mumbai which follows recent arrests in Delhi and Dubai. Seriously, learn a lesson and find some other store of value to smuggle…
- Former United lobbyist and current New Jersey Transportation Commissioner — who was at the infamous dinner with Jeff Smisek and David Samson where the ‘Chairman’s flight’ was requested — will resign this month.
The only reasonable defense at this point is but it’s New Jersey (as former President Gerald Ford wrote about powerful Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski’s conviction for “paying salaries at taxpayer expense for no-show “jobs”); using Congressional funds to buy gifts such as chairs and ashtrays for friends; diverting taxpayer funds to pay for vehicles used for personal transportation; tampering with a grand jury witness; and trading-in officially purchased stamps for cash at the House post office”….
Danny’s problem was he played precisely under the rules of the city of Chicago. Now, those aren’t the same rules that any other place in the country lives by, but in Chicago they were totally legal, and Danny got a screwing
- Delta is cutting (some) management jobs.
- Under Amtrak’s new revenue-based program, points won’t expire for 3 years from any account activity (no more requirement for train or co-brand credit card travel to keep points alive). Since Chase transfers to Amtrak end December 8 I moved 1000 points over to Amtrak to extend the life of my points that would otherwise expire in early 2016. In theory I should have waited until early December to get even more of an extension, but I didn’t want to forget to do it. And Starwood points will still transfer, but you can’t transfer fewer than 5000 Starpoints (vs. 1000 with Chase) and I value Starpoints more highly than Chase points in any case.
- The Mayor of Stockton, California was detained at the US border and had his laptop confiscated because the government can do that, for any reason or not reason. (HT: Paul H.)
- Boeing 787-9 assembly timelapse: (HT: Hans M.)