News and notes from around the interweb:
- TSA PreCheck is an important idea – risk-based security, focusing resources where there’s a greater chance of a threat. It’s why TSA as an acronym for ‘Taking Scissors Away’ is such a problem, because it distracts the agency from looking for actually dangerous items. When the TSA lets a member of a domestic terrorist group into PreCheck, however, the program doesn’t work very well. Not to worry, though, because the TSA says there are multiple layers of security. (HT: S.)
- A woman who opens for Margaret Cho was denied pre-boarding for the disabled on Virgin America and they’re raising a stink. The quite successful Cho “would take legal action if they had the money to fight a Goliath corporation.” While a regrettable incident somehow I think that if there was a legal case it wouldn’t be hard for her to find someone to take this on contingency.
- Easter Island – Tahiti route getting a 787!
- RyanAir won’t fly transatlantic after all. But the likes of WOW Air and Norwegian, and other new entrants, will certainly reshape the market over time.
- Aeroplan – an American Express and a Starwood transfer partner and Star Alliance program — now allows premium economy redemptions.
- Berlin planning to use mimes to shame badly behaving tourists (HT: Road Warrior Voices)
- Double JetBlue points on transcon flights