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Fleeing from the airport

TSA officer checking a carry-on bag for a firearmOfficers of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screen a passenger’s carry-on bag on December 28, 2020. When they discover a firearm loaded with 7 bullets, they call for the man to step aside. But instead he flees New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, runs out of the terminal and jumps into a taxi.

Identification

The officers can easily identify him. He leaves not only his shoes behind, but also his carry-on bag, a vest, some cash, his New York State learner’s...
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Montenegro Airlines bankrupt

In a strange press release dated March 16, 2020 Montenegro Airlines announces that all flights of the national carrier have been canceled, including the flights scheduled for April 1, 2020. The measure is due to the corona crisis. But the airlines’ website still offers flights, with season greetings from Santa Claus.

Montenegro Airlines

In another press release dated December 24, 2020 the Montenegrin capital investments minister, Mr. Mladen Bojanić, states: “This government does not have a problem with making decisions. But, in this case,...
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Desperate optimism at Lufthansa?

LufthansaParked Lufthansa aircraft claims it observes a sharp rise in bookings for the upcoming holiday season, both for intra-European and intercontinental flights. In particular bookings to South Africa, Namibia, the Canary Islands, Madeira and sunny destinations in the Mediterranean would be on the rise. But also snow-assured areas in Northern Finland are popular according to Lufthansa.

No absolute number of bookings

The carrier doesn’t report absolute numbers, but all airlines have been complaining about the low number of travelers. An increase in the number of bookings, say from...
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Still no new Miles & More

Miles & More frequent flyer card In 2018, Lufthansa announces it will overhaul its frequent flyer program Miles & More. It says the new program will take effect on January 1, 2020. But members are disappointed as the new program will be considerably less attractive than the current program. Small wonder that our readers let us know they are angry about the program change. To our readers the most hated change is that the re-qualification of the status (frequent traveler, senator, or hon circle) is valid for just 1 year....
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Free tickets to Hawaii

The pandemic has normalized remote work for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the state of Hawaii is offering free round trips to Oahu to out-of-state remote workers, who want to volunteer and live there temporarily. To qualify they should contribute to the state's economy by working and living there. In collaboration with schools and businesses, the state has launched a temporary residency program, known as "Movers and Shakas.”

Volunteers

Until December 15, the program will accept the first group of 50 applicants. They must be remote workers and at least 18...
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More comfort in economy class

Currently, the load factor of international flights amounts to 30-50%. Thus, on most flights there are few passengers and many open seats. That is pleasant for the passengers, for on long haul flights they can lie flat on open seats in a row in economy class. This is helpful to sleep during the flight.

Willing to pay more?

Lufthansa may have found a way to increase revenues in the current corona era by making it a little more comfortable to sleep in economy class. Passengers may be willing to pay...
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