News and notes from around the interweb:
- The fake diving resort run by the Mossad in Sudan (HT: David H.)
- United now sells breakfast tacos in coach in morning flights over 3.5 hours long. Two tacos are $8.99. Subject to trying them, as an Austinite I certainly endorse the idea.
- Every Allegiant diversion is now a story even when it’s just a malfuctioning indicator light.
- Accor is buying Movenpick hotels from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. I’m hoping they burn through all of their cash and have none left to use to buy Hyatt…
- Citi enabled Apple Pay on their Singapore-issued cards and is promoting this with 8 points per SGD on Apple Pay transactions through July 31. Uncapped.
- Singapore Airlines stops serving peanuts
- Corruption in inflight entertainment. Maybe American’s ‘Project Oasis’ to remove seat back entertainment screens is really just an ethics play?
The Panasonic parent company, in a settlement announced Monday, will pay $143 million in disgorgement to the Securities and Exchange Commission, while Panasonic Avionics Corp. agreed to pay about $137 million in penalties to the Justice Department for violations of the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
…Panasonic Avionics executives moved to hire a foreign official as a consultant at the same time that official was negotiating a contract amendment between a Middle East airline and the company that resulted in more than $353 million in revenue to Panasonic. The official, who was ultimately hired by Panasonic Avionics, did little work over the next six years while receiving $875,000 in compensation, the filing says.