News and notes from around the interweb:
- “Why do people drink so early at airports?”
For a place where everyone is watching clocks, there is no real sense of time at an airport. “If you look out, all you see is the tarmac, a few airplanes,” says Michael Sayette, an alcohol researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. There are very few cues that you shouldn’t drink, and maybe it is actually happy hour for you. “You’ve got people coming in from all over the world who are on different times,” he points out. “It really is 5 p.m. where they woke up.” The airport perhaps is best understood as what French anthropologist Marc Augé has called a “non-place:” a blip in space and time. “A person entering the space of non-place is relieved of his usual determinants,” he wrote in his book on the subject. “He becomes no more than what he does or experiences in the role of passenger.” It is perversely freeing, if lightly dehumanizing, to be alone in the airport.
- Hyatt has begin integrating Lindner Hotels into World of Hyatt. They only just announced the Lindner deal in October.
[A]ll ‘me and all hotels’ and select Lindner hotels are available to book on hyatt.com with the remainder of Lindner properties slated to integrate throughout June.
Lindner Hotels & Resorts’ and ‘me and all hotels’ properties will join JdV by Hyatt – a collection of independent hotels with unique personalities that are true reflections of the neighborhoods they call home.
- India opts for protectionism, denying United-Emirates codeshare
- This story was pretty striking.
- Another Marriott property refusing to give Platinum members breakfast because they have a third party operating their restaurant, the tactic that didn’t work out for the St. Regis Chicago. (HT: @travel33t)
Muir (Autograph Collection) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, no longer offers complimentary breakfast to Plat Elites (and above) because the restaurant they used to serve breakfast in is not owned by property. However they offer in-room dining through mentioned “non owned” restaurant… Is this kosher?
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- American’s attack on JSX, seeking to have them regulated out of existence, is pretty rich. It sorta makes the DOJ’s case that the airline is anti-competitive…
- Airbnb ransom plot