News and notes from around the interweb:
- When the U.S. banned travel by non-U.S. residents from several Southern Africa countries (but not right away!) it was supposedly to ‘buy time’ to deal with Omicron. Omicron was already spreading in the U.S., and it’s not clear what we used this intended time for exactly. Now that it’s the dominant strain here, it’s obvious the ban on Southern Africa travel is not in any way protective against Omicron. So it’s being lifted. But not until December 31. Because reasons.
- The Westin Paris near Place Vendome has laid off all of housekeeping and outsourced the function. There’s no way I’d stay there at this point… not out of ‘worker solidarity’ but out of a bet on future cleanliness.
While the luxurious hotel reopened its doors on Wednesday after long months of closure, 107 people, or the entire department which employs the chambermaids, housekeepers, and the concierge, have already been laid off in favor of a subcontracting service, provided by the company Elior.
- Gina Sheldon flew Air France flight AF334 from Paris to Boston at the end of her ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ trip to Italy. When she arrived home she found that the Christmas gifts she had packed in her luggage were gone. The bag came off of her Paris – Boston flight and still had a similar weight – because the presents were replaced with dog food, shaving cream, and old t-shirts.
Since her tickets were issued by Delta Air Lines, she called them and couldn’t get through for hours. She should have dealt with Air France, but now that media are involved Delta is managing the connection between the passenger and the European airline which apparently allowed someone to access her bags between the time they were checked and when they were delivered in Boston. The leather jacket she’d purchased for her daughter, “and leather purses for family members and friends” were gone, all totaling about $3000.
- European-style business class (blocked middle seat) on United Airlines.
— lillian holt (@lilliamgraceh) December 24, 2021
- Merry Christmas!
— Melissa Forman (@melissaforman) December 24, 2021