News and Notes from Around the Interweb:
- It’s not just pilots who fly drunk. An Emirates flight attendant has been let go after testing eight times the legal alcohol limit for flight attendants.
She wasn’t originally scheduled to work the flight, had been out until the early morning drinking, when she was called and asked to sub-in. She was new with the airline and thought it best to agree (plus her judgement was likely impaired when she did..). Her defense, though? She did a great job! In fact, “one of the passengers praised her for being helpful and attentive.” I bet she was.
- Barbara Peterson manages to fly Ryanair without paying any extra fees and shares how she did it.
- As expected, the judge in American’s bankruptcy case has ruled that the airline can impose new contract terms on its pilots. In the middle of last month, the judge refused to rule in favor of the airline due to two minor quibbles with their proposal and signaled that once those were modified that American would get its terms. The airline negotiated new contracts with their other work groups, but pilots refused to ratify an agreement that its union leadership had worked out with the carrier.
- If your tax bill is low enough to be paid with a Vanilla pre-paid visa, you can earn 5 miles per dollar for doing so (at a modest cost). I try not to make interest-free loans to the government, and wind up having to make tax payments over $500 so that doesn’t work out well for me. For bigger tax bills you’re probably better off using a Delta Skymiles-earning debit card from Suntrust.