American Flight Can’t Land Because Airport Employees All Went Home, and More

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • American Eagle flight in Texas had to turn around because the airport staff had all gone home.

    Update: The airport gets in touch to add a statement.

    …The flight was originally scheduled to arrive at 9:35 p.m. but was delayed at DFW Airport. At approximately 10:00 p.m. the flight was in range to land at Tyler Pounds Regional, but the flight crew of the Envoy Airlines flight was not able to contact the Envoy ground crew. The flight crew decided to returned to the DFW Airport. It was reported that the flight crew was unable to contact the air traffic control tower. It is very likely the flight crew did not contact the air traffic control tower due to its closing at 9:30 p.m. as posted in the FAA facility directory.

    After the flight arrived back at DFW Airport, it was refueled and landed in Tyler with no incident. The time of arrival in Tyler was reported at 12:10 a.m. Monday morning. A media report stated that the parking staff member was not at his station and had to return to allow passengers out of the parking lots. According to records and video footage reviewed by the airport, the plane arrived on the tarmac at 12:10 a.m. and the first credit card transaction exiting the parking lot was recorded at 12:16 a.m.

    …The airport has reviewed the airfield inspection reports and found that the airfield systems were in compliance.

    Thus far the airport continues research to learn if the facility experienced a lightning strike and will assist Envoy in the investigation.”

  • Trump casinos and hotels cluster largely (though not exclusively) in blue states, so unsurprisingly Foursquare geolocation data suggests much less foot traffic since The Donald declared his candidacy for President.

  • Speaking of which, here’s where to move if your candidate loses the election.

    Singapore Changi Airport

  • $10 free Amazon app store credit when you download a free Android app

  • The dispute between United, Delta, and American and the big Gulf airlines from an Australian perspective.

    One of the key metrics to emerge unopposed in the long running public and government level debate was that of the 1,700 routes flown by the US 3 and ME3 carriers they competed head-to-head on a mere two of them. Only 0.7 per cent of passengers who flew on an American, Delta or United flight to the US could have flown the same route on a Gulf carrier.

    …It probably underlines the role the ME3 play in providing air services to non-Anglo non-traditional destinations that offer far more to the future prosperity of Australian exporters and inbound tourism operators than the stuck-on-the-past mind set of Qantas in the days when it tried to send everyone flying anywhere as far east as Russia or Turkey through London Heathrow.

  • The oldest hotel continuously operated as a Marriott, the Key Bridge Marriott opened in 1959, could be torn down and replaced. Based on my stay there in May that would be a good idea.

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  1. Fond memories of high school ice skating parties at the Key Bridge Marriott in the 60’s. They had an actual ice rink with concessions etc. But no tears will be shed, it needs to go.

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