Chicago airport police attack passenger on Republic Airlines plane

Major airlines like United want to keep their contractors financially dependent, but don’t want to take on the costs of operating feeder flights with their own higher-paid employees. Contracting out these flights enables airlines to evade their union contracts and create a de facto two-tier wage scale, with contractors’ employees paid less than the union scale for mainline airline employees. United wants Republic to emerge from bankruptcy and keep flying, which probably depends on Republic dodging the bullet of blame for this incident.

via The Practical Nomad blog: Chicago airport police attack passenger on Republic Airlines plane.

The police who responded have police powers but aren’t part of the Chicago Police Department. That’s not as strange as you might think. Many of the people wearing United Airlines uniforms at many airports don’t work for United. Most of the people wearing TSA uniforms at SFO don’t work for the TSA – they work for Covenant Aviation Security. Similarly, many of the people with badges patrolling airports aren’t regular police, or aren’t the ones you would expect.

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‘Extreme vetting’ would require visitors to US to share contacts and passwords

This could require people to hand over their phones so officials can study their stored contacts and possibly other information. The aim is to “figure out who you are communicating with”, a senior Department of Homeland Security official was quoted as saying. “What you can get on the average person’s phone can be invaluable.”

A second change would ask applicants for their social media handles and passwords, so that officials could see information posted privately in addition to public posts, the Journal said.

via ‘Extreme vetting’ would require visitors to US to share contacts and passwords | US news | The Guardian.

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The Free Fall Research Page: Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips

Let’s say your jet blows apart at 35,000 feet. You exit the aircraft, and you begin to descend independently. Now what?

via The Free Fall Research Page: Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips by David Carkeet.

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Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic, And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax

Paris’ 107,000 empty homes might seem like a lot, but it’s becoming strangely normal around the world. New York City had a whopping 318,831 vacant units in 2015. It’s a hot topic in Sydney, where 118,499 vacant units were counted in 2013. Heck, London considers it a critical issue, and they “only” have 22,000 empty homes. There’s a massive numbers of vacant

via Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic, And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax | Better Dwelling.

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How much pee is in our swimming pools? New urine test reveals the truth

Although the researchers were unable to confirm exactly what fraction of visitors were choosing to quietly relieve themselves in the water rather than making the shivery trip to the changing rooms, the results suggest that the urine content was being topped up several times each day.

via How much pee is in our swimming pools? New urine test reveals the truth | Science | The Guardian.

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