News and notes from around the interweb:
- For what it’s worth Bob Crandall thinks everyone’s tax returns should be made public. It disappoints me that 90% of the time I find myself disagreeing with the former American Airlines Chairman’s public opinions.
- US facial recognition will cover 97 percent of departing airline passengers within four years.
US exit controls are one of the saddest developments in travel over the past several years, and they aren’t new to the Trump administration though an increasing emphasis has been placed on their roll out, having been a key part of the executive order that was dubbed the ‘Muslim ban’ which meant these provisions were mostly ignored.
- JFK customs officer has been stealing cash from travelers for at least a year.
Court documents detailed how, between April 2018 and April 2019, Cialone developed a system to rob the travelers. The documents allege that, while conducting searches wearing latex gloves, he would pull $100 bills from women’s purses and hold them in his fist. He would then pull the glove off over his fist, keeping the bill inside, and put it in his pocket. He would later go to the bathroom, where he would put the stolen money into his wallet.
…While being searched after his arrest, court documents say that agents found three latex gloves on Cialone, two of which contained $100 bills.
- The term ‘gate lice’ goes mainstream
- Starbucks Rewards changes:,
[W]hat Starbucks really appreciates is that you spend money with them. With these changes, Starbucks Rewards still expresses that appreciation. But the program is now designed to express that appreciation in a way that makes the company a little more money.
- Passengers evacuate onto wing after spotting flames from engine prior to takeoff on a UTAir 737.