Hertz Under Federal Investigation After Rented Cars Catch Fire [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Remember when Hertz rented cars to President Biden’s secret service detail, and they burst into flames? Well there’s now a federal probe into Hertz for renting cars that are under recall where the recall items haven’t been addressed. (HT: @crucker)

    The fire was just 40 feet away from the airport’s 25,000-gallon jet fuel tanks pic.twitter.com/epUYERWN6Y

    — Nantucket Current (@ACKCurrent) November 28, 2022

  • Americans stranded at freezing airport for days after severe weather in Iceland (HT: @crucker)

  • Russian hackers and two locals charged taxi drivers $10 to skip the queue to pick up passengers at New York JFK generating $10,000 per day. If drivers are willing to wait hours for a fare, and pay for access to a fare, that means that the fares are too high.

  • Alaska Airlines is offering elites who don’t requalify for status an ‘earn back’ promotion at the start of 2023

  • Slate dunks on CLEAR airport security never quite realizing that CLEAR isn’t the reason security is poorly executed, it’s a symptom of the broken TSA. If TSA operated more efficiently CLEAR wouldn’t have a business, though fortunately for CLEAR that isn’t likely to happen.

    Not for nothing, but it seems strange to be aghast at paying for priority in government service at airports while touting TSA Pre, and not being concerned with premium processing fees for passports or Express Mail from the Postal Service.

  • An argument that the JFK Airtrain should be free. My view is it’s better to invest in making the service better, rather than free. Address affordability issues separately (and better yet, through unrestricted cash transfers rather than train subsidies per se, people can choose to spend on Airtrain or rent). Free train doesn’t usually correlate with good train.

  • Elizabeth Hurley blasts British Airways after it suffers another IT meltdown. Those cost cuts under Willie Walsh still haunt the carrier. Though it’s a bit funny for Hurley to complain about the airline not offering to cover her hotel.

    Still stranded- no food, water or hotel. Pretty dodgy service @British_Airways

    — Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) December 20, 2022

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