News and notes from around the interweb:
- Plastiq, the company that will send checks for you to pay bills and let you charge your credit card, has raised $27 million in funding.
- Wheelchair-bound passenger kicked off Southwest flight after spending a full day in the airport (including an overnight) due to flight cancellation. Another passenger helped her wash and change clothes in the airport so she could fly home.
- I think we now know why it took American longer than United and Delta to issue new restrictions on emotional support animals, they were waiting on DOT assurances. The government has now basically blessed the airline crackdown,
The Department of Transportation Wednesday said it won’t penalize airlines if they refuse to let passengers take aboard more than one support animal, demand assurance that a passenger has a disability or require proof of an animal’s vaccination and training. The agency also will allow airlines to impose “reasonable restrictions” on the movement of emotional-support animals in a plane’s cabin.
- Why no one wants to buy Air India
- Ultra low cost airlines may finally be ready to succeed in Canada
- Lufthansa Hit Hardest as Frankfurt Airport System Fails It’s striking that these systems aren’t more resilient.
A database system used to deploy staff crashed at Frankfurt Airport between 0100 and 1130GMT Wednesday, causing the cancellation of 70 flights, 23 of which were at Lufthansa.
…The system in question contains information on the position of aircraft which is used to send appropriate members of ground staff to planes. In this instance, Lufthansa has to ask flight crews to use radios and phones during the system failure.
- Was hijacker DB Cooper a former military paratrooper from Michigan