News and notes from around the interweb:
- Putting on two suits at once and wearing jeans as a scarf: Airline reveals the hilarious and bizarre ways passengers attempted to avoid baggage costs in 2015 (HT: Alan H.)
- Private jets tagged with graffiti at LA airport
- Qatari ex-emir’s broken leg sees 9 ‘emergency’ landings in Zurich despite night flight ban
- EgyptAir fined for violating sanctions against Sudan by leasing planes to the government’s airline in 2010 and 2011
- Reno airport files formal complaint with US customs over treatment of 15-year old Mexican girl arriving for the holidays.
- More than 1,000 Chinese high school graduates have to parade in bikinis for a chance to become flight attendants (HT: Alan H.)
- Alaska Airlines is phasing out ‘combi’ 737s that fly primarily intra-Alaska routes in favor of all-cargo 737s. Instead of trying to do passengers and cargo work with the same aircraft on the same schedule they’ll tailor flights appropriate to each mission.
The five combi planes have flown around the state — Seattle is the only stop they make Outside — since 2007. Each has space for 72 passengers in the back half of the plane and 6,000 pounds of cargo in the front. …They will be replaced with three Boeing 737-700s, which will be converted from all-passenger planes to freighters.