News and notes from around the interweb:
- Values for used big jets are sick and not just for A380s
- The TSA is a waste of money that doesn’t save lives and might actually cost them
- 500 free US Bank Flexperks points
- Airport yoga rooms were a fad, but very few people use them. From a question and answer (.pdf) related to a DFW airport request for proposal for an advertising contract,
Q53. How many people use the Yoga studios in Terminals B and E? What are the dimensions of these locations?
A53. Approximately 30-50 visitors use the studios each week and usage is increasing. Each location is about 1,000 square feet.
- United is taking subsidies to continue service to Belfast. So pot, kettle, black with those complaints about Gulf carriers and all. But it seems we’ve learned from the other big US airlines that a subsidized carrier will say what it must to maximize its own take from government while trying to box out competitors from doing the same.
- This is absurd: tip the owner when they serve you, tip the person who makes you coffee, tip the food truck, tip at the sandwich shop where you wait in line, tip more for expensive beer than cheep beer, tip for carry out. Tip when you’re drinking only water. Tip 20% on the post-tax amount. These are, apparently, “basic rules” that “everyone should know about.” Stop the madness!
- Delta will give customers slippers in all cabins on US-Japan flights. They’ve done the most of US airlines to re-humanize the travel experience, though they’ve also done the most to gut loyalty and upsell for things that used to be included in your fare.
At least their value proposition is clear: they’re a good airline once you decide exactly the product you want to buy, and don’t expect to get much in return later.