News and notes from around the interweb:
- The TSA is useless.. but have you seen their instagram feed?
- Earn points for working out
- A one photo review of TAM’s business class, Toronto – New York (as little as $80 making 9000 British Airways points seem expensive!)
- Air New Zealand tries to get the Australian government to block the deepened American-Qantas partnership that’s bringing us Los Angeles – Sydney (American) and San Francisco – Sydney (Qantas) service… and could bring us Los Angeles – Auckland soon. They argue service doesn’t need to start as soon as December, they could still fly these routes without a deepened partnership, and should have given more time for the Australian Competition Commission to consider it. Blocking the increased service as a protectionist measure for Air New Zealand would give the commission’s name special irony. (HT: Traveling Better)
- American CEO Doug Parker responds to the Justice Department’s investigation of airline collusion to restrict capacity
- The Russian FSB – the intelligence service which is a part of the military – has declared fast track passport control illegal. VIP expedited immigration is a long-standing fixture of the country, and indeed of many countries around the world. There was no explanation for the order. I do not have any expertise in Russian law, so cannot comment on the pretext, but the relevant question to work through I imagine is why now?