News and notes from around the interweb:
- Via Brent Busboom in the comments, the Curious Case of Being One of Two People on a Commercial Flight. It happens, and airlines don’t generally cancel flights that are undersold (since the plane needs to be in the next city to operate another flight).
I’ve had the first class cabin to myself several times, and my Los Angeles – Washington Dulles flight on New Years’ morning 2000 (“Y2K”) was mostly deserted. There may have been 4 or 5 passengers on a flight once when I was a small child, I think it was New York – Cincinnati. But I’ve never been on a flight with only 2 people.
- Boeing Wants to Turn the Interiors of Its Planes Into Giant Screens (HT: Paul H.) Takes the ‘Boeing Sky Interior’ to a whole different level.
- Back in October, a Delta flight from Tel Aviv to New York lost a wheel and brake parts on the runway. The Tel Aviv control tower received a warning about the debris and attributed it to a system malfunction, only discovering the parts on the runway visually come daylight — after several other planes had taken off in the same path.
On January 8 it happened again. Again a Delta flight.
a runway inspection the following morning discovered a couple of parts on the departure runway, that were subsequently identified to belong to N703DN. The flight crew continued the flight to New York for a safe landing.
The airport reported, that a radar system detected the debris and issued an alarm, the tower controller subsequently operated surveillance cameras but in the darkness just before midnight could not see the debris and cancelled the alarm believing it was false. Five aircraft operated on the runway during the night until the runway inspection discovered the debris.
- Drunk TSA screener caught driving in restricted area of Newark airport. With one boot off, preparing to be screened.
- About the only thing (besides the plane) that the search for MH370 hasn’t turned up is the change hidden in the cushions of your couch