News and notes from around the interweb:
- Department of Transportation forbids United from ceasing service to Dickinson, North Dakota. The subsidized route no longer makes sense for United with the downturn in oil, but the government will force United to keep offering flights until they can find another airline to accept subsidies in its place.
- One way Uber is used in money laundering
[F]raudsters use ride sharing platforms to launder money. A fraudster creates two accounts, one using compromised identity and card details and another with a fake identity that they control. They then pay for a rideshare (that never actually takes place) and via the rideshare platform move money from the compromised card to another financial instrument that they control.
- Here’s the government’s report on the TSA’s failure to comply with FOIA requirements. (HT: Tocqueville)
- Russian images of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were altered
A group of arms control researchers have determined that two images released by the Russian government, ostensibly to help clarify why a civilian airliner was shot down two years ago, were digitally altered using Photoshop before being posted online.
…The anti-tampering software, though, found that a cloud obscuring a portion of one image had at one point been saved using a different form of data compression from the rest of the picture.
In the other photograph, showing a pair of rocket launchers in a field with a road looping through it, the launchers are inexplicably in sharper focus than the surrounding field, according to the report.
- FAA ban on Turkish flights, although lifted, was puzzling. Remember Europe did not do this.
- Two Air Transat pilots prevented from flying drunk