News and notes from around the interweb:
- If you get Montezuma’s Revenge When You Travel, it’s the FDA’s Fault
- The CEO of British Airways — former head of a low cost carrier — wants the airline to start thinking like one.
- Inside LAX’s New Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit
LAX In-N-Out on Sepulveda
- Getting a US Passport in 2 Hours
- Air India now offers short haul awards on United domestic flights for as little as 5000 miles. This would be super-useful if Air India Flying Returns was a credit card points transfer partner.
- Virgin Australia Gold elites no longer get lounge access at LAX when not flying business class. Instead they’ll “receive a US$40 (A$54) food and beverage voucher to spend within the LAX international terminal along with 10,000 Velocity frequent flyer points” because the Star Alliance lounge they used previously says they’re too full to accept a paid deal with the airline for their Golds.
- The White House has a new paper on hidden fees (.pdf) (HT: @Nick_Roosevelt) It correctly criticizes mandatory charges not included in price like resort fees.
But it goes off the rails a bit suggesting everything needs to have all-in pricing, contra Justice Sotomayor who in this week’s credit card surcharge case oral arguments pointed out “every State I have to figure out what that sales tax is and I’ve got to do the math in my own head.”
The White House goes even further and entertains whether airlines should be required to advertise pricing including checked bags and change fees>
The question of what counts as “the entire price” has, for regulators, proved to be an evolving question. Two of the main fees charged by airlines – change fees and baggage fees – operate in a gray zone between being truly mandatory fees and truly optional