News and notes from around the interweb:
- Bernd Hildenbrand, CEO of the worst airline in the world Pakistan International Airlines, is asking the Pakistani government (which largely owns the airline) to restrict competition from Emirates and Etihad. Maybe he deserves to be detained in the country after all.
Hildenbrand said PIA was losing PKR3.1 billion rupees (USD30 million) per month with carriers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways eating into its market share through cheaper flights and superior on-board product.
As such, he asked government, the carrier’s largest shareholder, to restrict the UAE-based carriers’ access to Pakistan in the interests of saving the airline.
On the other hand, while inadvisable for the economy and the country’s passengers, there’s at least a plausible case to be made for saving the airline — in contrast to calls by US airlines which are the most profitable in the world to limit competition from these same airlines.
- Selfie Survey: Instagrammability is the most important factor — above cheap alcohol, even — for millenials when choosing a holiday destination
- St. Louis is considering privatizing its airport.
- How the laptop ban makes your data insecure even if you encrypt your hard drive, giving up physical control of your laptop allows someone to install spyware.
- The Best Time to Poop on a Plane (HT: Paul H.)
- American and Southwest get a fuel tax subsidy for hubbing in Phoenix but cough it’s the Gulf carriers that are unfairly subsidized.
- WSJ: “More than 80% of people who ask for relief from their annual fees receive it”
- TSA agent pleads guilty after taking video underneath passenger skirts. But remember, the TSA wants you to know that new more ‘intimate’ pat downs aren’t sexual assault.