News and notes from around the interweb:
- The yet-to-open Berlin Brandenburg Airport is one of the world’s biggest infrastructure jokes, and it’s been delayed again until 2018 because of “the control systems in the terminal doors, which present a fire safety risk.” The project was supposed to open in 2011 and it’s reached triple the budgeted cost for the airport.
- US airlines were shockingly silent this weekend on the President’s executive order limiting travel to the United States.
- Meanwhile the administration claims Delta’s IT meltdown was worse than the executive order for travelers. This is, of course, absurd.
There’s a huge difference between being in federal custody, not knowing whether you’ll see your family again or get sent back to a country where you fear for your life… and being delayed inside an airport for a few hours where you have the freedom to leave. And the ‘small’ number of people detained at the border was, essentially, just those already inflight when the executive order was signed — it doesn’t count the people denied boarding in their home countries every single day while the order is in place. Tellingly, no threshold was set for how many people it wouldn’t be ok to keep in custody at the border.
- Man cons 2 hotels over 6 months, racking up over $150,000 in bills and not paying
- The White House’s comment phone line was closed in the waning days of the Obama administration, telling people to use Facebook messenger instead — a feature unavailable after the Obama White House site was transitioned to the Trump administration site. So an app was created connecting people to Trump hotel properties to offer their feedback instead. (HT: Magic of Miles) Trump hotels are being trolled on twitter as well.
- God Save the Points interviews himself
- Cathay Pacific is cutting the first class predeparture amuse bouche in a cost saving measure. They introduced the amuse bouche before takeoff in February 2014.