This week’s featured link:
Remarks for the Council for New American Security Conference – DHS.gov
So let’s get this straight.
- Feds identify threat, decide laptops should be banned on flights to the US from Middle Eastern countries. No US airlines impacted negatively, so it moves ahead.
- Feds want to expand the ban, and US airlines flip out.
- Feds magically find alternative solution that will help avoid the laptop ban once airports comply.
I’m glad to see an alternative being proposed, though without knowing what’s involved, it’s hard to say whether it seems like a good move or not. It’s odd to me that these enhanced security procedures can be put into place over time. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi, which already has a pre-clearance facility, still needs to have the laptop ban in place for now. I guess I can’t really comment since I certainly don’t have security clearance to know the nature of the threat. It just doesn’t smell quite right.
Two for the road:
Investors in aircraft should get set for turbulence – The Economist
Is there an aircraft bubble? Maybe. People have been saying this for years, but some day, they may be proven right.
Long Beach Bids Adieu to DC-3s – Flying Magazine
Nothing quite like the drone of those engines flying over my house in the morning. I’m going to miss these. It’s particularly poignant since it was the massive US military demand for the DC-3/C-47 that helped lead to the construction of the Douglas Long Beach plant in the first place. What’s remarkable here is that these 70 year old airplanes aren’t even retiring. They’re going to do humanitarian work in Africa. That’s quite a testament to the durability of Douglas aircraft.