News and notes from around the interweb:
- Mastercard is working on blockchain-based anonymous payments but I’d never trust any system they build for true anonymity since they’re too reliant on governments not to compromise any commitment they make of that sort.
- Bill Murray helps other passengers while going through TSA screening. My only real brush with fame at security was going through in front of Billy Crystal. Based on overhearing a conversation with his assistant, he was unfamiliar with the availability of American’s Five Star service. He stood behind me in a long line to get into the LAX Admirals Club as well.
- Man giving away frequent flyer award redemptions so people can go home for the holidays
- Donor to New York City Mayor, on trial for corruption, mocked TSA agents for believing he was a cop.
A de Blasio donor on trial for cop corruption was heard on tape Friday blasting airport security for believing he was an actual member of law enforcement after he flashed a police badge that the feds say he got via bribes.
…“I showed them my shield..I said, ‘I got to catch this 10:45 [flight], could they escort me,’ ” Reichberg said. “And they didn’t even screen me — these idiots, these fools. Fools!”
…[He] also pretended to be a rabbi to get through TSA lines, according to government cooperator Jona Rechnitz — with whom Reichberg stands accused of teaming up in order to bribe cops.
- Another British Airways flight, another passenger seat soaked in urine
- Sexual harassment at TSA