News and notes from around the interweb:
- Hilton’s new promotion is now available for registration.
- There are now two million people on U.S. terror watch lists, up five-fold in 12 years. I guess I’m surprised not to have SSSS on my boarding pass each time I fly as retaliation for criticizing the security state. Fortunately I guess I’m too obscure.
- The Trouble With Airports, and How to Fix Them Why do people forget that the primary purpose of an airport is to get somewhere? The best airports are easy to get to, get through, and get out of quickly. For large hubs they need to connect multiple terminals quickly (and have a backup way of doing this when one technology fails) and move baggage and spare parts around the airport.
An airport’s primary purpose isn’t “high-end retail” (though that pays the usually-too-expensive bills), everything should be judged against how it keeps people moving efficiently. Everything else, from food to foliage, can be nice but should never trump primary goals.
- CNN coverage of my award booking partner Steve Belkin around his new book and earning (well over) 40 million miles.
- Ethiopian Airlines settles with Boeing following 737 MAX crash and expects to fly the jet again by January
- What it’s like to fly out of Singapore Changi right now honestly doesn’t seem that different than normal, except more like when terminal 4 first opened, few people and lots of closed shops.