My Friend Eric sent me a link to a pretty awesome post by Beijing Cream (yes, I’m as puzzled and concerned by the name as you are, including his page called “The Cream Factory”) entitled “The Anatomy of a Chinese Airport Rumble.” It’s pretty friggin’ awesome, though if you want a 40 second summary, here it is:
Why are you going to want to read the story? Because the guy trying to throw the chair and being restrained is supposedly a manager for the airline.
Reader David passes along this amazing documentary about a D-check being carried out on a British Airways 747:
I thought I knew my fair share about how aircraft maintenance works, though I had no clue D-checks were this detailed and that they more or less rebuild the aircraft over a five week period. While it’s a long documentary, it’s well worth watching if you’re an airplane nerd.
This never ends well. I don’t watch much TV, but when I find a show I like, I have a hard time doing anything else. On my recent Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong I watched “Scam City: Buenos Aires.” I had never heard of the show before, though once I saw it I was hooked. It’s more or less a documentary about a guy who travels to cities around the world and falls for the most common scams. But the thing that’s awesome about the show is that he doesn’t just fall for the scams, but he tries to get to the bottom of them to figure out the strategy and business behind it. In other words if he’s given counterfeit money he wants to find out how much of a spread the person distributing it gets, and who they get it from. And then he tries to find the distributor. It’s a really, really fascinating show for anyone that likes travel.
For example, here’s the one about Bangkok, which covers two scams I’ve (intentionally) fallen for (written about here and here):
And then here’s the one I saw on my flight about Buenos Aires:
There are lots more on YouTube, so if you have some free time this is entertainment that’s tough to beat…
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