The Washington Post Calls For A National No Fly List Like It’s Still 2021 [Roundup]

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • United adding complimentary snacks in coach to flights of 301 miles or more (down from 801+ miles) starting January 1, 2023.
  • Woman attacks her husband after landing in Charleston and seeing ‘indecent photos’ on his phone

  • Plane of vomiting passengers lands in Philadelphia American calls it moderate turbulence.

  • The Dilemma of Babies on Airplanes (Atlantic)

  • Hotels replacing housekeepers with robots

  • Hyatt owned this (supposedly haunted) downtown Austin property themselves, but sold it this past spring to the owners of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country and Hyatt Lost Pines.

  • The Washington Post calls for a national no fly list of bad behaving passengers, misleadingly using stats on 2022 incidents which were mostly from before the mask mandate was lifted. Incidents are still elevated compared to pre-pandemic times, though down significantly, a phenomenon that former American CEO Doug Parker recognized a couple of years ago – which, without the full return of business travel, I dubbed ‘everyone’s passengers are Spirit Airlines passengers now’.

    However there are still fewer incidents on United than American. United did real work on de-escalation of conflict after the David Dao incident and it’s paid dividends. Better procedures for dealing with problem passengers is proven to be a better approach than abrogating the constitutional right to travel (which will require judicial review, and current proposed fines rarely even happen, so don’t expect a national no fly list to be a deterrent).

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