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Boeing 737 MAX’s return

The Boeing 737 MAX has discredited the entire aviation industry, but in particular plane maker Boeing and the US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It’s obvious that Boeing’s reputation has suffered a lot as profit appeared to have a higher priority than safety. The FAA’s reputation is also damaged as the agency appeared to be partly dependent on Boeing, due the agency’s underfunding. It will take a long time before in particular Boeing will have restored its reputation.

Ban lifted

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Hotel review’s unexpected consequence

Wesley Barnes, American tourist in ThailandWesley Barnes (picture), an American tourist, stays in the Sea View Resort in Thailand. After a dispute over a $15 (€12.70) corkage fee, he posts a review of the resort on Tripadvisor. But free speech is not a respected principle in Thailand. The hotel files criminal defamation charges against him, which could result in 15 years in prison.


However, Barnes is lucky that Tripadvisor assists him and pays his legal fees. Eventually, the hotel agrees to drop its complaint if Barnes makes a “sincere apology”...
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A religious airline

The Israeli carrier EL AL is a religious company because passengers are subject to religious rules. The airline doesn’t operate on the Jewish Shabbat and religious holidays (Friday night and Saturday). Women and men don’t have equal rights onboard as the carrier favors male passengers. There have been many incidents with ultra-Orthodox male passengers refusing to sit next to women. Such incidents may result in delays. That is why many passengers interpret El Al as the acronym for Every Landing Always Late.

Apartheid at El Al

Flight attendants facilitate this...
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False corona test certificates

Taking a corona test while sitting in the carA number of countries require airline passengers to present evidence of a negative corona test result. There are people who, for whatever reason, are unable to get such an attest. According to the British newspaper Lancashire Telegraph it’s possible for unscrupulous individuals to obtain a false test result. The newspaper has seen evidence of passengers using another person’s negative corona test result and doctoring the name and date to match their own.

Negative corona test result

Pakistan requires all international arrivals to present...
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COVID-19 and borders

United AirlinesPassengers wearing facemasks is testing a digital health pass under a global pilot program. This serves to establish a common international standard for coronavirus test results. Eventually, it should lead to vaccine records that could help reopen borders. The nonprofit initiative is called CommonPass and is backed by the World Economic Forum and The Commons Project. The initiators hope to persuade governments to ease the restrictions and quarantines. For they have slammed air travel...

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Holding responsible perpetrators downing MH17

MH17 downedRussia will no longer talk with the Netherlands and Australia about the downing of the codeshare flight of Malaysia Airlines (MH17) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL4103) in 2014. The liability for downing the plane over eastern Ukraine is the negotiations’ subject. But the Russians call the inquiries into the downing of MH17 biased.


They blame the Netherlands and Australia for pointing to Russia as the perpetrator. According to the Russian website RT (Russian Today) the decision to quit the MH17 panel is...
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