The LAX Parking Lot Where Airline Employees Live, and How Brexit is Changing Travel

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  1. Regarding those motorhomes and campers in the LAX parking lot…

    Years ago we had the same situation when I worked in aerospace. The sky high cost of housing in the Los Angles area forced many folks to buy homes as far away as Phoenix, Arizona and commute in plane pools and to buy motor homes and live M-F in modern California refuge camps while seeing their families living hundreds of miles away only on the weekends. We even had a television reporter drive with a carpool of workers who daily did an eight hour daily commute to work in Los Angeles. When there was an accident on one of the LA freeways, the record for the longest ride home from my plant was 12 hours. Glad to hear the refuge camp folk call their situation “freedom” as many might call it something else.

  2. The Boston Logan terminal B consolidation is actually really good news (if I’m reading it correctly) in that it will “unstrand” gates B1-B3 (now used by Air Canada), which are currently isolated from the rest of the terminal; once you’re through security, there’s a small food vendor, restrooms–luckily–and that’s it. There’s also an advantage to PreCheck folks on non-shuttle ex-US mainline flights in that you no longer have to do a full tour of the concourse to get to your flight, since PreCheck is currently available at the security primarily serving the shuttle gates.

    Massport is slowly working on the issue, as there were quite a few more “stranded gates” a decade ago, but we’re still left with stranded gates B37-38 (Virgin America) and C40-C42 (Alaska Airlines and occasionally JetBlue overflow).

  3. While AAdvatange is not worse than Skymiles — a rather low bar — it is worse than MileagePlus with respect to top-tier elite upgrades, overall award availability, lifetime benefits and wider reach of the global airline alliance that UA was instrumental in founding…

  4. The Brexit article is a little over the top. It doesn’t point out the price of oil effect on some the routes it mentions. It also talks about how the UK/USD exchange rate is so dramatic while in the same breath telling us how it’s 10% different. Like cutting a USA-Newcastle route is the end of civilization.

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