News and notes from around the interweb:
- The government now scans faces of Americans as they leave the country at six airports. I’ve written that this is coming. And it’s creepy as hell.
- “The outer layer of Baltimore’s Marriott Waterfront Hotel is constructed of the same material that was used as the outer layer of a residential housing tower in London that burned in a tragic, deadly fire last month” (HT: Jeff M.)
- According to Skift Hyatt signed a deal with Booking.com to make up for volume they’ll lose while playing chicken with Expedia which drives about 20% of US hotel reservations.
Expedia Doing the Commission Dance… Flickr: Juggernautco
- 10 Chinese Megacities to See “Polluted and crowded. Also distinct and completely fascinating. And then there’s the food.”
- I’m not the only one who thinks Open Skies agreements are a good thing (in addition to being the clear policy of the U.S. pursuing its own interest for decades)
- I’m going to admit I’m pretty pleased with this (so it can’t count as a humble brag). The Economist’s Gulliver covered the request for protectionist trade policies by United, Delta, and American because of subsidies provided to Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar and offered me as the counterpoint.
The travel and aviation blogger Gary Leff has consistently made the opposite case, arguing that America’s airlines are so deeply subsidised by, and intertwined with, the government that their complaint is hypocritical, and that “the push for government action against Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar is pure self-interest at the expense of US consumers.