Continental Leaves Skyteam on October 24, 2009

With Continental’s year-end earnings forecast, they announced an update on their alliance realignment after several months in limbo.  Continental leaves Skyteam on October 24th, with entry in to Star Alliance coming soon thereafter.

I’m going to miss Northwest, but with the takeover by Delta, I’m happy to switch to a CO-UA based alliance.  Of course, the devil is in the details.


Being “Watched”

Good news if you’re on the T(housands) S(tanding) A(round) watch list – an appeals court ruled recently that you, in fact, can sue to have your name removed from the list.

The issue was decided entirely on procedural grounds, though, from the reading of this passage in the article:

Kozinski, joined by James Otero, found instead that the TSA’s no-fly and selectee lists were compiled and maintained by another agency — the Terrorist Screening Center — that wasn’t protected, so the challenge can proceed. Judge Randy Smith dissented, saying Congress clearly wanted to protect the TSA from such suits.

I imagine there will either be some quick administrative consolidation or another law passed to rectify this loophole, since, as the TSA points out, “court reviews would destroy the watch lists and lead to another hijacking like 9/11“.