News and notes from around the interweb:
- I’ve been a huge fan of gogo inflight internet, I’m so much more productive as a result, it makes my life so much easier since I’m no longer hopelessly behind when I land. In fairness I thought it was worth highlighting the news that gogo has apparently built in special accommodations to allow NSA monitoring of its traffic, far beyond what’s required by law.
My guess is that this was a trade to get permissions to even operate its service (victims of blackmail, essentially). But do know you’re being watched.
- Italian airlines (with the support of Delta) sued to block Emirates from flying New York – Milan. And they won in an administrative court, which rules that fifth freedom rights cannot be granted to a non-EU nation. Emirates has been flying the route since October, and will appeal.
- Wandering Aramean will help you search for and get alerts on Brazilian carrier Azul’s award space now that they’re a partner of Untied.
- I like the Avianca LifeMiles program a lot, they’re part of my devaluation “Plan B” but this is how phone calls with them usually work. Stick to their website when you can, and be patient. Then again, US Airways and Delta agents require patience too.