News notes from around the interweb:
- With Southwest sharing Boeing settlement money over the 737 MAX grounding with employees American is expected to do so also. Will this be another payout where American gets nothing in return, not employee goodwill let alone moving closer to re-upped contracts (let alone more favorable work rules that would allow the carrier to deliver better service)?
- Orlando airport worker took bribes from illegal taxi operator.
Truman Capote said “The problem with living outside the law is that you no longer have its protection.” You have to trust your counterparty, and in this case when the driver was approached by cops he was asked whom he was sending money to and he gave up the employee taking bribes. If only taxi driver kickbacks to hotel doormen received as much scrutiny.
- How Pan Am created the modern economy class
- American and Allegiant clipped wings in Tulsa. Allegiant flew the plane anyway after an inspection.
- Why the U.S. doesn’t have high speed trains the truth is two-fold, though:
- fixed rail works great between dense population centers, which the U.S. has almost exclusively in the Northwest (plus LA/San Francisco and Seattle/Portland, maybe Dallas/Houston) and
- the U.S. is bad at major infrastructure projects, with costs and timelines greater even than Europe making them impractical.
There’s simply not the extensive need for it as in Europe, so we don’t take advantage of the economies of scale. And public works projects in the U.S. face barriers from myriad levels at which different interest groups can extract rents or stall the process.
- The decline of Antonov