News and notes from around the interweb:
- “More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have received luxury hospitality awards from a company run by one of Trump’s longtime associates, an ex-convict nicknamed Joey No Socks.”
- Delta flight intercepted by Greek F-16s. Rationalize all you want but F16s don’t scramble so their pilot can peer inside the windows of the commercial aircraft.
- TSA complains about not enough money. So Congress gives them more. And they say it’s not enough, expect long lines anyway. TSA attrition is up, the length of time they take to onboard screeners is up, and they’re slow-walking the screening process.
- “Now that the supposedly tech-friendly Austin has banned Uber, what comes next?”
And as [City Council member] Ellen Troxclair has noted, Austin is entirely unprepared to even enforce its new regulations. “Uber and Lyft left Austin because they were unable to comply with the city’s new fingerprinting rules,” wrote Troxclair.
“Meanwhile, the city is bending over backwards to encourage customers to use Get Me and Wingz, who not only are not fingerprinting their drivers, but may not even run any kind of background checks before passengers get in the car.”
- Tarantulas on a plane: During a flight from the Dominican Republic to Canada, a tarantula – perhaps brought on by a passenger hoping to take it home – crawled up a passengers leg. “Even the flight attendants were terrified and did not want to come near the spiders.”
- Banks are pushing to grow their credit card portfolios, one of the few bright spots in their businesses (Wall Street Journal)
Capital One, the nation’s fourth-largest credit-card issuer, said credit-card sales jumped 14% in the first quarter from a year earlier. The company’s strategy to boost card usage by raising spending limits and giving out more cards is also paying off: Capital One customers spent 20% more on their cards during the first three months of the year than they did a year ago.
At Citigroup Inc., average credit-card balances in the first quarter posted the first year-over-year increase since 2008. Such balances also grew at Discover Financial Services Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the nation’s largest lender.
…Overall, lenders gave out more than 104 million general-purpose and store credit cards in 2015, up 6.5% from a year earlier and up 47% from the bottom in 2010, according to Equifax.