News and notes from around the interweb:
- 31 Miami airport employees caught on tape stealing from customer bags. Miami is only 4th among U.S. airports in reported theft.
- The Fortune Wings club – which covers Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines among others – has launched a status challenge. It’s open to elites from the 3 major alliances and also from Alaska, Etihad and Emirates.
- Google Wallet will no longer let you send money to other people via credit card. Debit cards are still permitted.
- The TSA is running out of storage space. Apparently the 153 terrabytes of usable space they currently have is not enough to hold all the data they store on us. So they’re looking to triple it. (HT: Mark P)
- Passports ranked by the number of countries they allow visits without obtaining a visa in advance. US and UK are at the very top, followed by France, Germany, and South Korea just a notch behind. Travel is easier with a North Korean passport than one from Nepal or Rwanda. (HT: Wonkblog)
- Etihad’s CEO warns Europe about protectionism, reminding them they benefit from Etihad lighting money on fire investing in airlines like Alitalia and airberlin when no one else will.