FROM Seth Kaplan
United Airlines under fire after passenger was dragged off plane On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man from an overbooked flight. Videos of the event have gone viral and United is reeling from the public backlash they’ve caused. The airline randomly selected the man to be “involuntarily” bumped to a later flight to make room for its own staff. This practice of “re-accommodating,” as United put it, is legal. We discuss what this incident says about the airline industry.
Airline Collusion and Price Fluctuations This fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will be flying somewhere, and those holiday plane tickets probably didn’t come cheap. So this week’s announcement that the Department of Justice is investigating the four major airlines for collusion caught our attention. Given the turbulent history of the airline industry, consumers may always be in for a bumpy ride when it comes to fares.
Air Safety and Cockpit Protocol During a press conference earlier today, French officials said that Tuesday’s crash of the Germanwing Airbus was deliberately caused by the plane’s co-pilot, a 28-year-old German man named Andreas Lubitz. According to voice recordings, in the minutes before the plane slammed into the Alps, Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit. Some of the many questions people are asking today include how something like this could technically happen and what the security protocols are for cockpits. We look at what rules are in place and how they might change in the wake of this accident.
Airline Profits Soar Summer travel season is in full swing. Good news for the airlines. For us? It generally means long lines at the airport, extended stays on the tarmac, and figuring out the best way to origami ourselves into ever-smaller airplane seats. But while passengers complain, U.S. airlines are reporting record profits.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”