News and notes from around the interweb:
- American Airlines employee fired for giving her buddy passes to another employee on leave who needed to visit her husband, a corrections officer who was shot in the head while aiding another officer shot by a gunman. The fired employee says she wasn’t aware of the rule.
- New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister (their Prime Minister is on maternity leave) is very unhappy that Air New Zealand is serving a burger onboard without meat instead of showcasing New Zealand lamb or steak. Air New Zealand was re-nationalized in 2001. The government provided subsidies to the airline, and still owns 52% of the carrier.
United has a revenue-sharing anti-trust immunized joint venture with Air New Zealand, and never lodged a complaint about the New Zealand government’s ownership or subsidies — despite an Open Skies agreement between the US and New Zealand. Things that make you go hmmm…
- A week and a half ago two people finding love on an aircraft was live-tweeted. It gained the hashtag #planebae and what was remarkable about the situation was the correspondent watching ‘calling the shot’ predicting the hookup in advance like Babe Ruth pointing towards center field and calling his home run shot in the 1932 World Series.
Now the woman at the center of the story is lashing out about “a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.”
- The bill for former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price’s charter flights
The report also revealed that 20 of the 21 trips Price took that the agency looked into “did not comply with Federal requirements.” Those 21 trips cost the federal government nearly $1.2 million, including more than $480,000 for chartered flights and an additional $700,000 for travel on military planes.
- China’s HNA Group is unable to pay for Airbus planes it’s ordered while dealing with over $90 billion in debt ($5 billion in interest payments last year) and subsidiary airlines “such as Hainan, Lucky Air, and Beijing Capital Airlines had missed payments” on aircraft leases.