This is always the week I look forward to. The holidays are completely over, and it’s back to work for everyone, including the airline/aviation industry. So Happy New Year one last time, and let’s get to it.
- Normally, this pair of stories would have gone straight to Strange But True Aviation News on a Friday, but I thought it warranted being an interesting story. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), a strong opponent of gun control, says he “forgot” he had a loaded .45 caliber pistol in his carry-on bag, which was discovered by Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reports NBC Los Angeles. The TV station followed up with a blog post: The Guns of Tim: Five Lessons, including: Donnelly was allowed to board his flight while others were detained and even arrested.
- During my time as Aviation Daily’s airports and security editor, I wrote about — and saw — my fair share of airport scanning machines. So I found this story from Pro Publica comparing millimeter and backscatter machines.
- Speaking of security, this story in Aviation International News talks about how TSA Administrator John Pistole is starting to respond to critics, including House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), over his agency’s policies and way of doing business. “[To] those who say that we’re inefficient or bloated, I’d be glad to sit down and go through the books and say, ‘OK, how would you staff this differently?’” Pistole said in an interview with Bloomberg News last month.
- I’m one of those aviation geeks that could spend my life visiting aviation museums. I didn’t know about the Carolinas Aviation Museum until I heard it was receiving US Airways’ “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus A320 for its permanent display. Which is why I really enjoyed this blog post over at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer — complete with pictures — about the museum.
- I’m old enough to remember the mini controversy that ensued when United Airlines paid for the rights to use George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in its branding and advertising campaigns. But now the song has become so closely affiliated to United that my daughter knows it as the UAL theme song! So I was happy to hear from our friends at the Chicago Tribune that the Chicago-based carrier will continue to use the song.
Let’s end this post with one of my personal favorite commercials United Airlines used with “Rhapsody in Blue.” It’s called “Dragon,” and it was created for the Beijing Olympics. Enjoy!