News and notes from around the interweb:
- The worst airline passengers in the history of travel.
- The TSA ‘forgot’ to do secondary screening of a passenger whose name is on the terrorism watch list. So they made up for it by screening him on arrival, after he had flown. (HT: Toqueville)
- Lucky asks if he is a ‘travel’ blogger. And I agree with him, the answer doesn’t matter, he’s built a niche that many find useful.
Similarly, I don’t put labels on my own writing. From the very beginning, I’ve written about whatever I found interesting at that moment, for whatever reason and broadly conceived. And I’m fortunate and flattered that many find that worth reading. I’ve never targeted an audience, or a genre, per se — other than those great folks who share enough common interest with me to find a reasonable enough percentage of what I write interesting enough to keep coming back. And for that, I think you!
- The Economist declares that it is very important for deal-conscious flyers to flock to American Airlines:
Mr Barro interviewed Gary Leff, who writes the excellent View From the Wing blog, and Mr Leff notes that American’s hesitation is likely not based on principle. Instead, he argues, it is probably delaying the change because of its ongoing merger with US Airways. But that gives mileage-run lovers and opponents of the new regime (two groups that love deals but spend a lot of money on airfares anyway) an opportunity: if they move en masse to American, they could create an incentive for the airline to hold on to the old-style programme. It’s worth a shot. Otherwise, the fun and the challenge of mileage running may soon be greatly diminished—or gone for good.
- Sushipocalypse: California drought driving up price of sushi rice