News and notes from around the interweb:
- Uber is starting to ask what airline you’re flying when you ride to the airport. This rolls out first at New York JFK and LaGuardia, will eventually expand to other large multi-terminal airports like San Francisco. This allows them to price longer rides more expensively and estimate trip time better.
- The Congressman who used campaign funds to pay pet in cabin fees for his rabbit has been indicted for converting campaign funds to personal use.
- Horrifying accusation against US customs, body cavity searches where agents don’t change their gloves between women they insert themselves into, men inappropriately touching teen girls.
No matter what you think the government’s authority should be at the border, people they’re searching should be treated with dignity especially when there’s no evidence to suggest wrongdoing and they’re simply subject to ‘random’ inspection.
- Japan Airlines planning high density Boeing 787s for long haul low cost carrier
- Cathay Pacific’s pilots union says almost half its members want to leave the airline. They won’t, of course, thanks to unions. Seniority rules lock employees into staying with their employers, since switching means less pay and less desirable flights. There’s no indication they get this irony.
- New luxury Taiwanese airline coming from the son of the founder of EVA Air in 2020. He was forced out as Chairman of the airline by disaffected family members after his father’s death. I met him when he piloted EVA’s inaugural Taipei – Houston flight in 2015.
Not for nothing but after Lamar Muse was forced out as the founding President of Southwest Airlines in 1978 and replaced by Herb Kelleher, Muse Air (later TranStar) was founded. It was often referred to as Revenge Air flying jets on intra-Texas routes. Southwest Airlines eventually acquired the carrier.
- A United flight diverted after someone who later turned out to be an air marshal demanded to see the flight manifest and flashed their gun.