News and notes from around the interweb:
- The art of turning around an airplane. Behind the scenes of Delta’s operation at New York JFK.
- Delta will codeshare with Etihad-controlled Jet Airways. Just as it shares revenue in a joint venture with Etihad-controlled Alitalia. Because Delta considers subsidies for Etihad to only be ok when they benefit Delta.
- An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris diverted to Kenya where a bomb was found in a lavatory. Too early to draw conclusions about whether it was placed by a passenger onboard or whether it was placed prior to departure by someone else, and what either would imply.
Update 8:27 a.m. Eastern: Kenya’s airports authority is now referring to a ‘suspicious object’ rather than a ‘bomb’ — we’ll see what it ultimately turns out to be, but this is why I said it’s “too early to draw conclusions” as in the immediate aftermath of almost any incident we get conflicting accounts.
Update 10:50 a.m. Eastern: Device was a fake made of cardboard.
- Here’s What That Post About Taking a Train Across the USA for $213 Doesn’t Tell You
[P]eople are disgusting creatures. The cars will start to smell about a day into the journey. Some will try to clean themselves the best they can, given that they have no access to showers. Others will simply wallow in their own filth for the next few days and deal with it when they get home.
They will trash their seats and the areas around their seats. The things they will do to the bathrooms is something that I can’t really put into words…
- Joe Brancatelli writes in his excellent subscription newsletter that Air France isn’t discounting Paris fares to bring back visitors because.. Delta.
The answer, I’m told, is intransigence on the part of Delta Air Lines, Air France’s joint-venture and code-share partner. Delta has demanded Air France hold the line on price and ride out the decline. And since Air France can’t price transatlantic seats without the agreement of its joint-venture partner, the prices stay high. So high, in fact, that it costs more to fly to Paris now, during a crisis and the traditionally slow winter travel season, than last spring, when transatlantic travel was booming.
- The 80th Anniversary of the DC-3
- A TSA screener has been charged with working with drug smugglers for two years. When they came through the checkpoint she would work the x-ray machine, and give their bags a pass. On the one hand, ignoring drugs is what the TSA should be doing since their focus should be on items dangerous to an aircraft. On the other hand, her co-conspirators could have brought those items through as well when she thought they were only transporting drugs. Really, she’s just charged with being a TSA agent, since they miss 95% of what goes through the checkpoint anyway. A few bad apples, and all that.