The big airport story of the week…..Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor trips at LaGuardia and breaks a bone in her leg. No truth to the rumor that a security camera showed someone looking like Rush Limbaugh vaulting over bags and passengers running from the scene. It is a good reminder, though, that arriving in plenty of time for your flight and then walking calmly through the terminal (especially one as crowded as LaGuardia can get) is a good thing to do.
I was flipping through the TV channels last night and watched a little of Rachel Maddow‘s show. At one point she was talking about some issue, I don’t remember which, and compared the omnipresence of some person or thought to the smell of Cinnabon wafting through an airport terminal. Is there a traveler out there who doesn’t know what that smells like?
This morning, there was a story on the Mike and Mike show on ESPN radio about Kareem Abdul Jabbar being wanded by security in order to enter the NBA Finals game last night between the Lakers and Magic. Mike Greenberg, one of the hosts, told a story about Mike Ditka (Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl winning coach, and renowned tough guy) being wanded at the airport. Greenberg made the comment that if something went wrong on the plane he’d want Ditka on there. Me too.
Like many people in the aviation industry, I have been following the developments in the crash of the Air France flight. I think the best stories have been the ones I have found on abcnews.com. No surprise as Lisa Stark covers aviation about as well as it can be covered. I do wish CNN.com (which I think is a very good news/sports site) would stop quoting Mary Schiavo.
My sons flew easyjet this morning from England to Portugal. I am looking forward to hearing about it from them. I did see that Ryanair is again looking at charging to use the toilet (credit card readers would be installed on the door) and also barf bags. What if you barf directly on the floor or into the seat pocket?
I will be leaving Friday to travel to Manchester, England for the ACI Europe annual meeting. The ACI-NA board meeting will also take place there, as will a joint meeting between our two boards. We will be discussing economic issues, security, environment and some other things during the joint meeting. Those subjects will also be dealt with by our board, in addition to the important issue of diversity in airport contracting. On Monday night, there is a social event at Old Trafford, where Manchester United plays. As a former (mediocre, at best) college goalkeeper, I am looking forward to visiting one of soccer’s real shrines. I will blog from Manchester, and from Edinburgh where my wife and I will go for a couple of days of R&R afterwards.
Yesterday, I drove to Baltimore to attend the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) annual conference. AMAC had about a thousand attendees from all over the country there networking and discussing some of the most important issues in the industry today. ACI-NA and AMAC work on a lot of issues together; it is a partnership of which I am very proud.