News and notes from around the interweb:
- The worst things guests do in hotels, per Reddit (HT: Alan H.)
- Alitalia’s turnaround strategy is a flop (Wall Street Journal)
With a goal of turning a profit by this year, Alitalia cut unprofitable domestic routes and overhauled its aging fleet. Hoping that better service would lure travelers away from low-cost carriers, Etihad retrained Alitalia employees, teaching them everything from proper make-up application to foreign languages.
But the strategy has flopped. The airline had 23 million passengers last year, 270,000 fewer than when Etihad entered in 2014. Meanwhile, Ryanair Holdings PLC, which overtook Alitalia as market leader in Italy in 2014, saw passengers rise 25% to 32.6 million over the same period.
- Air India has been monkeying with its accounting, understating losses and its one claim to profit turns out not to have been a profit.
- There’s some interesting questions raised by the TSA blocking critics on twitter. Over 20,000 TSA employees have been accused of misconduct, almost half multiple times. The agency is now giving more intimate pat downs because their employees don’t catch things going through the checkpoint. A new proposed law would at least require consistent discipline for misconduct.
- How to defend yourself against Doxing and washing machine with a setting to get out curry stains
- Still want to bring your whole family into the Centurion lounge after the impending policy change? Simply, just have a Black card.