News and notes from around the interweb:
- Making New York airports great again. Must-read long-ish read.
- Behind the scenes: How feds say former P. A. head shook down United Airlines
- My post yesterday about shrinking British Airways legroom was picked up by the UK’s Independent:
British Airways was facing mounting criticism tonight over its plans to offer less legroom than Ryanair, after a leading US aviation blogger lambasted the airline for adding more seats to its short-haul planes between London and Europe.
..there was renewed criticism over the plans today when Gary Leff, who runs the View from the Wing site, wrote a story headlined: “British Airways to Offer Less Legroom Than Ryanair, Seriously Why Would You Ever Fly Them in Europe?”
- Is the revised travel ban still unconstitutional religious discrimination? Meanwhile the executive’s order’ss insistence on biometric exit controls not just entry controls has been changed to cover ‘all travelers’ coming to the U.S. to all ‘in scope’ travelers which presumably means non-citizens age 14 to 79. I tell the Daily Beast that it will be expensive and inconvenient for travelers, and departing from being one of the only countries without exit controls is symbolically important (emphasis below mine):
“I’m attached to the idea that we care about certain freedoms,” he said. “It rubs me the wrong way.
“To a large extent we already ask permission to travel,” he said. “So it’s for me, I think, more symbolic than anything else. But we want to be able to come and go as we please, because freedom.”
- Three years on and five reasons why MH370 pilot didn’t do it and did Malaysia fighter jet chase flight MH370 after it went off course?
- Heroin addict jailed after he was tied to his airline seat for biting crew and headbutting a passenger
- This is the Most. Amazing. Landing. I’ve ever seen. (HT: Reddit)