News and notes from around the interweb:
- First Look – New American Airlines Admirals Club Houston, TX (IAH) Terminal A
boy who cried wolfUS Department of State says you’re not safe if you leave the house (though people remain statistically more likely to drown in a bucket).
Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.
- United’s settlement with Dr. Dao takes the City of Chicago off the hook even though it was Aviation Police who actually dragged him from the plane and bloodied him.
- Etihad now sells access to its first class lounge in Abu Dhabi
- Leaked United Airlines Airbus A350 configuration
- Through May 31 American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 25% transfer bonus to jetBlue TrueBlue
- Southwest Airlines eliminated overbooking because the flights where people don’t show up have low load factors anyway, where overbooking could help them customers pretty much always show up and there aren’t re-accommodation options, and Southwest isn’t as good as other airlines at handling denied boarding situations anyway.
So while overbooking has long been an important tool for airlines to manage that passengers change their plans, it happens not to align itself well with Southwest’s needs. What’s more, “in the last 5 years alone, he says the revenue benefit from overbooking at Southwest has been cut in half.”
Like Cranky Flier I’m a bit skeptical of the decision, but Southwest says it’s driven by data for their unique circumstances.