News and notes from around the interweb:
- TSA agents frequently don’t know that D.C. stands for District of Columbia — and reject DC drivers licenses as a result
- “Not Ready for Takeoff: Face Scans at Airport Departure Gates” the DHS plan to scan faces of Americans leaving the country is argued to be illegal.
- The Chief News Editor of the South China Morning Post had thousands of dollars in cash stolen from his carry on bag on an Air India flight from Delhi to Hong Kong.
The sneaky switcheroo had worked exactly as intended. Nothing else had been stolen and that was the genius of the con – I would have easily spotted a missing laptop or credit cards.
Whoever took the money would have had to remove the bag, take it away to carry out the elaborate swap and bring it back – it could not have been done above my head without waking me up.
The only time the suitcase was out of my sight otherwise was for a couple of minutes when it went through the X-ray during the security check earlier. That’s also the first time someone would have seen there was money in it.
- Three headrest designs that are supposed to be more comfortable I guess if you can’t have legroom or seat padding (slimline) you can have a better head rest though I’d just be happy with those being disinfected between flights.
- Anthony Bourdain has given up on the idea of a Singapore-style hawker center in New York
- Does it seem strange for an airline which offers a prayer from the Quran prior to departure to have a Christmas video? It may just show how diverse and connected aviation makes us and remember that airlines are often the most progressive forces in conservative societies. Etihad’s EY22 from Manchester to London became a celebration of Christmas all its own.