News and notes from around the interweb:
- Nothing actually scary here: “Malaysia Airlines plane took off in Auckland and flew in the wrong direction – and the pilot didn’t realise until he asked why he was heading towards the Southern Ocean”, in fact the pilot was following his filed flight plan, and sought a more direct route a mere 8 minutes into flight. Total flight time was no longer than usual for the flight.
- Honored to be included in Nomadic Matt‘s 7 best travel blogs of 2015.
- A luxury hotel in Dallas kicked out all the guests to welcome the homeless for Christmas.
- An argument for why Boeing’s swap with United of existing 787 orders for 777 orders was the aircraft maker’s best deal of the year
- The ongoing tug-o-war between the federal government and states over drivers license requirements which of course impact the security checkpoint. DHS says they’ll give at least 120 days’ notice before declaring a state’s drivers license insufficient for security screening.
Few expect the federal government to declare travel difficult for a state’s residents (especially that the federal government will do that to a Democrat-leaning let alone battleground state before the 2016 elections). Remember also that you can clear a checkpoint without any ID at all, you have to answer personally identifying questions and it takes more time.
- Post-holiday Blues: the Complete Guide to Selling Unwanted Gift Cards for Cash