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Flight Attendant Loses Lawsuit Over Her Weight, and Italy is Europe’s Coronavirus “Epicenter.”

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Italy got some ugly news today — and ten United passengers were well-compensated for being downgraded from business class. And a flight attendant received some insult to injury. Those are some of the headlines that caught my eye today.

United Dished Out $100,000 for Downgrading Passengers — on One Flight

A United flight from EWR to Honolulu this Saturday received an equipment downgrade: from a 777 to a 767-300. Gary over at View From the Wing has the story about United giving $10,000 travel vouchers to ten business class passengers who downgraded to economy. (And even then, their seats weren’t terrible.)

Frankfurt, Germany - July 17, 2014: United Airlines aircraft logo at an aircraft in Frankfurt. United Airlines is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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Italy Becomes Europe’s Coronavirus COVID-19 “Epicenter” — Venice Cancels Carnival

Coronavirus COVID-19 infections spiked in Italy during the weekend. AFAR wrote that “While Italian authorities canceled soccer matches and masses and closed schools, museums, theaters, and even Venice’s famed Carnival, they also sought to calm fears by noting the virus’s low mortality rate and the far higher number of Italians who have died from the seasonal flu this year. The five people who died with coronavirus were all elderly and at least two of them had other serious ailments.”

London, United Kingdom - May 13, 2016: A British Airways Airbus A380 with the registration G-XLEB approaching London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the United Kingdom. The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner. British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom based at London Heathrow airport.
(iStock.com/Boarding1Now)

Think Your Neighbors Are Loud?

Imagine having A380s and other big aircraft as your (loud) neighbors. That’s what folks living in Feltham, London deal. But it’s not exactly the jet noise they find so annoying.

Flight Attendant Loses Lawsuit – After Being Fired for (Allegedly) Being One Pound Overweight

A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant was purportedly fired for being a pound over the carrier’s mandated (asinine, IMHO) weight mandates. She sued the airline — and lost.

Those Sneaky Disney Parks!

Your Mileage May Vary wrote an interesting piece today about how Disney parks use scents, forced perspectives, and walls to affect visitors’ senses.

— Chris

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2 Comments

  1. Johnson Rogers Reply

    Isn’t it ridiculous how some say more people have died from flu season this year as a way to downplay Corona. Yes that is true but that is because the flu is widespread. The flu has a death rate of .05% of those infected, mostly elderly and immunocompromised people. Corona has a death rate of those infected over 2%. If corona infects as many people as the flu it would kill 40 times the people: for every 1 million people infected with the flu 500 would die and for every 1 million infected with corona 20,000 would die.

  2. Keep in mind mortality % is a moving target at this early stage……there are many more being diagnosed now and likely there is a much larger pool of mild cases that are not being diagnosed…that will skew the mortality % if they are not accounted for. So 2% is a very inaccurate figure.

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