News and notes from around the interweb:
- Alaska Airlines is testing virtual reality entertainment in first class on Seattle – Boston flights
- A380s burn as much fuel as two 787s, the economics are horrible for Qantas according to the airline’s former chief economist.
- Virgin Atlantic has started adding fuel surcharges to Delta awards Update: they have stopped doing so.
- Delta is targeting business travelers for free drinks
- Matthew Yglesias on Airbnb regulation. If you don’t like certain negative affects of homesharing there are better policies than cracking down on Airbnb but of course those aren’t discussed as much because hotels don’t lobby for them.
Emailing the city council about AirBNB regulations. pic.twitter.com/7OIKaR95Ux
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 1, 2018
- The Wilmington train station is named after Joe Biden. And unsurprisingly the government railroad in Delaware is massively overstaffed according to an inspector general’s report but Amtrak won’t comment on changes. Because decisions are made there based on political considerations and not economics or ridership.
Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station
- Dubai airport offered a water cannon salute to an arriving Saudia flight in celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 88th birthday. And it went wrong. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
— مصدر (@MSDAR_NEWS) September 20, 2018
- Non-travel: Facebook is using your two factor authentication phone number to target ads You think you’re giving them information for security but two factor authentication turns out to have two purposes.