United Airlines Delays Flight To Replace Missing Ashtray Like it’s 1972 [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Flight still made it Denver – Washington Dulles within 5 minutes of scheduled arrival, but definitely an unusual one.

    Raise your hand if you have ever been on a plane delayed for <checks notes> a missing ashtray. Why does it even have an ashtray anymore @united since smoking isn’t allowed? pic.twitter.com/cMGDqd4YED

    — Crispus Attucks, Esq (@cattucks1775) July 29, 2022

  • I plan to wear a mask in the airport during flu season, and frequently wash and sanitize hands, totally non-Covid related. I always thought about it before the pandemic, but felt like it would look like too weird of a thing to do outside of Asia (people would assume I was sick, rather than trying to keep from getting sick, then again that has its advantages when flying Southwest).

    Guy next to me on plane: “Why are you wearing a mask? You don’t need to anymore.”

    Me: “It helps me mind my own business.”

    — John V (@RedactedJohn) July 28, 2022

  • “Fare thee well, Spirit Airlines. In your honor, I raise a non-complimentary glass of unrefrigerated orange drink.”

    In case you missed @StephenAtHome last night on @SpiritAirlines @JetBlue…

    "But I got to say, this merger is bittersweet for me, because @SpiritAirlines is one of my favorite companies to make fun of. Here's a taste…" https://t.co/ufxL2uQ5uZ pic.twitter.com/wdfFreWNtF

    — Ross Feinstein (@RossFeinstein) July 29, 2022

  • Why Can’t America Build Trains?

    In our case study of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Green Line Extension (GLX)…we discovered that the early conceptual planning for the project called for spartan stations with an estimated cost of just over $535,000 per station.

    In fairness, these early designs aren’t detailed enough to estimate costs accurately, but the dollar amount and drawings show that the initial plan was to build simple open-air stations with canopies to provide protection from rain and snow—even these barebones stations would have been an upgrade over existing Green Line “stations” along Commonwealth Avenue.

    By the time GLX worked its way through the project-development phase, secured nearly $1 billion from the FTA, and began construction, the average station cost had soared by more than 109 times to $58,500,000.

  • Marriott guest finds Asian slur on their bill, company deflects by blaming franchisee when you let another company use your brand for money it’s your reputation on the line.

  • Boeing can resume deliveries of 787s

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