This week’s featured link:
Delta Air Lines and CLEAR Partner to Improve Airport Experience – Delta News Hub
One of the initiatives that Delta rolled out at media day last week was a partnership with CLEAR. Delta has actually bought a stake in the company and is giving Diamond elites free membership. I don’t get this at all. CLEAR does not provide expedited screening. It simply gives you a front of the line pass. So why did Delta have to buy a stake in the company just to give its Diamonds more line-cutting ability than they already have? It’s weird.
Two for the road:
Bob Hope Airport will be branded ‘Hollywood Burbank Airport’ – Los Angeles Times
The fact that Burbank’s airport has been known as Bob Hope Airport for the last several years is silly. As a secondary airport, Burbank needs better name recognition and Bob Hope doesn’t help. The airport commission decided to do something about it and after a ton of study, the group voted 8 to 1 to go back to an old name, Hollywood Burbank Airport. The problem is, I agree with the guy who voted no. It really should become Los Angeles Burbank Airport. People don’t get tickets to Hollywood (at least, not anymore since American Idol went off the air). They buy tickets to Los Angeles. And Burbank is actually the airport closest to downtown Los Angeles.
Why didn’t this happen? Stubbornness. Burbank feels like it’s in the shadows of LA and instead of trying to take advantage of that, it wants to fight it. It’s a shame.
United employee helps us take gifting to new heights – United Airtime
I love this idea. You can now go on to United’s duty free site and order items to be delivered to a passenger at his or her seat in a gift bag. I know I’ve wanted to give people something when they get on an airplane to start a special vacation but it’s just not possible. But now it is, and that’s cool.
There are issues, of course. Since it relies on the duty free infrastructure, it’s only on flights from the US going internationally with duty free service. Also, liquor rules make it so they can’t actually gift wrap liquor (the most logical gift, I’d think). But it’s a start. And hey, maybe someone will appreciate that dog collar being delivered.