News and notes from around the interweb:
- Qantas passengers stuck for 7 hours on the tarmac with no air conditioning in 100+ degree heat. Flight QF2 was cancelled in Dubai two days in a row.
- Inside the Air France KLM culture clash and power struggle between Paris and Amsterdam (HT: Joe Brancatelli)
- According to the Government Accountability Office,
TSA could not provide a single example of its elite [Behavior Detection] corps thwarting a threat to civil aviation. However, TSA proudly cited one case “where TSA’s behavior detection activities led to the identification of an individual attempting to conceal illegal drugs at an airport screening checkpoint.” Since this particular program has cost more than a billion since 2007, this could be the most expensive drug seizure in U.S. history.
…Since TSA was created in 2002, Americans have perennially been assured that the agency is smarter than it looks. Last week’s GAO report is a reminder that there is often nothing behind the curtain of harebrained policies except for bogus claims and hackneyed oped pieces.
- Remains from Air India crash 50 years ago found in French alps
- Southwest will fly to Hawaii and they won’t serve meals.
Kelly said there would be operational challenges for the airline, but didn’t expect that those would involve snacks or entertainment. He said Southwest will evaluate whether Hawaii might need a strategy different from other markets, but expected the service to look familiar.
“We haven’t made any decisions obviously about Hawaii at this point, and my belief is that when we do — it’s not if we’re going to go, it’s when we go — we think it’s an important strategic offering that Southwest needs to make,” Kelly said. “When we do that, it’s my belief that it will be off-the-shelf Southwest Airlines.”
- Why the Boeing 747 Is the ‘Most Popular Airplane In History’
Gary Leff, a travel expert who pens the “View from the Wing” blog, points out another first: the flight of stairs that led up to the smaller upper deck above. “There was something grand about climbing that 747 staircase,” he says. Flying on the upper deck was a thrill, he says, and “it created the feel of a private jet, despite the giant size of the plane.”