News and notes from around the interweb:
- United sent a Very Strongly Worded Letter to its pilots about safety.
- United will start serving real meals on its regional jets effective March 1.
- 4 members of the crew of a Norwegian flight headed from New York to Stockholm walked off, disagreeing with the captain that it was safe to fly in the snow. The flight landed in Stockholm without incident – though there’s some disagreement now as to whether there were the legally required minimum number of crew onboard for the flight. (HT: Alan H.)
- Thousands of Air India flights are delayed when crew members don’t bother to show up on time. A revolutionary new approach of docking the pay of crew that do this will be tested.
- More coverage of the investigation (including analysis by reader Eric M. Fraser) into whether United was offering a special flight for the Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which oversees Newark airport) to his weekend place in South Carolina, a basically empty flight that they ended immediately following his departure from the rule. It’s good to be the king.
- Will the perimeter rule at New York LaGuardia, which limits long distance flying to and from the close-in New York airport, be lifted? Most people who aren’t in the pocket of airlines without LaGuardia slots would probably rejoice. Allowing New York – West Coast flights certainly makes sense, and the British Airways flight from London City airport that uses immigration pre-clearance in Ireland could even fly there..
- There’s definitely more to this story. Like a tapping foot, maybe? (HT: Alan H.)