Why do airlines bump passengers? And other great links from the past week.

TSA found more than 1,800 guns at checkpoints in 2013, according to the Washington Post. Photo: TSA

TSA found more than 1,800 guns at checkpoints in 2013, according to the Washington Post. Photo: TSA

Here are some of the most interesting stories I’ve read on the web in the past week or so:

Have you ever why airlines bump passengers?
Many of my most ardent readers might already know the economics behind bumping, but Brett Snyder of the Cranky Flier blog. Brett actually argues that overbooking is good for airlines and passengers. Do you agree?

There will be a glut of private jets in New Jersey for the Super Bowl — far more airplanes than Teterboro Airport — the most popular airfield — can handle. Forbes reports on what we might call “high class problems.”

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker wrote a letter to employees telling them exactly how much he will make in 2014 and why. It’s a base salary of $700,000 (less than peer CEOs make, he says) with assorted incentives and stock.

TSA recovered 1,813 guns last year at airport checkpoints. But don’t worry. Only 1,477 were loaded. The worst offending airports, according to the Washington Post: Atlanta (111 guns), Dallas (96), Houston (68), Phoenix (66) and Denver (51).

We’ve poked some fun at Modesto for wanting flights to Los Angeles so much that it has organized a pledge drive in which it asks local businesses to commit to buy plane tickets. But the Modesto Bee reports that the drive “gaining altitude.” So there.

And finally. How about this blast from the past, via Twitter.

 

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