News and notes from around the interweb:
- How to prepare for longer TSA lines this summer, several of the suggestions are mine.
- 70,000 American Airlines passengers and 40,000 bags missed flights this year thanks to TSA security backups. The problem isn’t money however, at over $7 billion a year for TSA nor is it staff — they have 50,000… Screening and regulating aviation security need to be split up, one agency doing it leads to bad results and no accountability.
- An agreement is now in place to put the disastrous Baha Mar Bahamas project back on track. Many guests got hosed. Chinese financing required use of specific Chinese contractors, this Bahamas project was also a Chinese jobs project as well. And the requirements apparently exploded the cost and timing, driving the developer into bankruptcy. The investors and Bahamian government have been trying to get it restarted since the fall, with the developer angling not to lose their entire investment.
- ANA Mileage Club’s award routing rules
- This is TSA PreCheck in Philadelphia’s A terminal on Wednesday afternoon. Clearly the problem isn’t that there aren’t enough people eligible for PreCheck as TSA sometimes claims.
- And this is the line at the bar of American’s Admirals Club in that terminal. I don’t think a price increase is warranted for membership. (The two people working the bar got into a fight while I was there as well, and I had to get up from my bar stool to stand in line in order to be helped.)