News and notes from around the interweb:
- First look at the new Turkish Airlines lounge at Washington Dulles which is still under construction but should ultimately be open to Star Alliance Gold customers — even for United Gold elites and higher flying domestically.
- Beware the “corpse cupboard”: What happens when you die on an airplane
People who die on airplanes aren’t dead. Not legally, anyway.
In the unlikely event that a passenger expires mid-flight, he or she generally cannot be legally pronounced dead until a doctor or other local authority on the ground has had a chance to look. But the truth is, passengers do die on airplanes from time to time, leaving crew to deal with an unexpected and uncomfortable situation.
- 999 bonus Virgin America points when you book and fly the airline by September 30 (HT: Eric Goldner)
- My Fox Business segment with Melissa Francis talking about Delta’s IT meltdown and operational challenges Tuesday. (For my uncles, aunts and cousins who may be reading — I was also in the Wall Street Journal coverage of the incident.)
- This is how it’s done, people. El Al is making some minor adjustments to mileage-earning for flights. But those changes have been announced now and don’t go into effect until September 2017 (which necessarily means tickets that haven’t been purchased yet). (HT: David H.)
Change in Point Accrual for Economy Class Tickets on Flights as of September 1, 2017
On flights as of September 1, 2017, point accrual in K and V classes will be doubled.
Point accrual in W, B or Q class is in effect only for departures until August 31, 2017.
- Watch this video of a man who missed his flight in Madrid — but managed to get onto the tarmac to chase after the plane. This happens more than you’d think, like last year with a United flight in Denver. (HT: One Mile at a Time)