News and notes from around the interweb:
- The mysterious concrete arrows across the United States that used to be for pilot navigation and were built in the 1920 and early 1930s. (HT: Tommy L)
- Woman stole a car for two weeks, thinking it was her rental
Avis, Miami Airport
- Ruh roh: FAA inspector developed a close relationship with an American Airlines manager, and ignored safety tip.
A federal inspector assigned to monitor American Airlines Group Inc. failed to act on safety complaints after developing a friendship with a company official, according to a government watchdog report.
The Federal Aviation Administration inspector, who had been assigned to the carrier for 28 years and had taken an overseas trip with an airline manager, didn’t address what was later shown to be a legitimate tip about how the carrier assured aircraft were safe following maintenance work, the report said.
- Passenger earned 172,000 American AAdvantage miles on a single roundtrip
- Marriott is working with Alibaba to test facial recognition check-in in Sanya and Hangzhou, China. Airlines are working on this, and collaborating with government, to share data and use it both for security and commercially. I find it creepy and dangerous but reality seems to be passing me by on this one. And of course I didn’t object a decade ago when the W Seoul photographed me at check-in the first time I stayed there. (HT: Hans Mast)
- Wall Street Journal spread on the Emirates inflight product too much conflating of first and business class, and a failure to recognize that Emirates’ business class hard product is largely inferior to competitors and will remain so.
Emirates A380 Business Class Bar
- Now that American Express Plenti is toast ExxonMobil is launching their own rewards program