News and notes from around the interweb:
- 9/11 birthed the TSA. 14 years later, it needs an overhaul
- South Sudan’s South Supreme Airlines has ceased operations due to unavailability of US dollars.
The owner of the airline attributed the shut down to the lack of U.S. dollars in the struggling new country according to Radio Tamazuj. The foreign crews were paid in dollars and the carrier was reportedly unable to pay its employees.
- Doctor of Credit thinks he’s found a competitor for the worst credit card in the universe.
- Delta is launching a co-branded advertising campaign with Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism. Considering they also own a stake in the most subsidized Chinese carrier, perhaps they can finally shut up about airline-government partnerships being so unfair to them. Or perhaps they can reconsider the kind of cronyism that just got United’s CEO in trouble>. After all, Delta has been known to hand out elite status to politicians like candy.
- Terry Maxon’s final ‘idle thoughts’ piece
- IVR: I asked on Twitter, “In a few words please tell me what you’re calling about?” Does ANY frequent flyer respond to this with anything other than “Agent”..?” I got several good responses. “I occasionally use ‘representative'” I find it most galling when I have to wait for a message telling me about the things I can do online. If I could do online what I was calling about, don’t you think I would rather than sitting through the message?. Is it true that Delta elites skip the voice system entirely and go straight to an agent?