News notes from around the interweb:
- First commercial flight operates with insulin-dependent diabetic captain new FAA rules follow world trend.
- Thermometers are now a duty item for United Airlines flight attendants the airline has issued these so cabin crew can take their temperatures twice daily.
- United failing to cater meals on some premium transcon flights though the airline says that’ll change in July.
- Plastiq will raise its fee to charge your card to pay a bill and send a check for you from 2.5% to 2.85% starting July 1. Schedule future payments by June 30 to avoid the higher fee. Plastiq isn’t worthwhile most of the time, for most people, just to earn the miles for ongoing spend – but is sure useful for meeting spend requirements for a bonus (and sometimes for hitting threshold bonuses for instance earning credit towards elite status).
- The US immigration service is looking at around 13,000 furloughs because they are mostly funded by visa and citizenship fees, rather than federal appropriations, and those have largely dried up. Presumably Congress will act to stop the furlough of employees whose services are in less demand, though I’m probably more sympathetic to airline bailouts.
Officials with the American Federation of Government Employees said that USCIS management told them Tuesday that notices of potential furloughs will be sent between Wednesday and July 3, under government personnel rules requiring advance notice when a furlough is projected to last 30 days or more.