News and notes from around the interweb:
- Air Canada pilots are now allowed to sport beards
Until last year, Air Canada and several other airlines required pilots to have a clean-shaven face, reasoning beards would interfere with the seal on an oral-nasal oxygen face mask.
In fall 2016, however, Air Canada retained SFU’s Sherri Ferguson, director of the university’s environmental medicine and physiology unit, and her team to research the efficacy of face masks on different beard lengths.
“We had two objectives,” Ferguson said in a press release. “First, we had to determine if present-day equipment used in the Canadian commercial airline industry delivers sufficient oxygen to protect a bearded pilot from hypoxia during an emergency cabin depressurization scenario.”
…“Secondly, we had to find out whether the mask provides sufficient protection against carbon monoxide and toxic fumes should the cabin become smoke-filled from fire,” Ferguson said.
- Shut down and had your accounts closed by a bank? It may have nothing to do with abuse of rewards and purely because of pressure by overzealous federal regulators who make it risky for banks to deal with anyone even tangentially related to activities that paint them in a negative light.
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- Post hoc ergo propter hoc American Airlines gave employees out of contract raises and then their “total return to investors has fallen almost 14 percent while its rivals have produced double-digit returns over the same period.” The author thinks Wall Street has it long, and in American’s parlance they’re ‘playing the long game’ but they’re trying to change the culture at the airline without doing the things needed to change the culture.
- No more Porsche rentals for a few hours while visiting Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal fortunately you still get driven from lounge to plane and that doesn’t cost extra.
- 25 free Canadian Air Miles for email signup
- Retailer loyalty programs introducing elite level benefits (WSJ)