What we’re reading: CityCenter back on track, Stand tall in Boeing’s new 737, Scanners and flu passengers

by Stephanus Surjaputra on April 30, 2009

MGM, Dubai Reach CityCenter Deal

Back in March we reported that Dubai World sued its partner, MGM Mirage, claiming breach of contract. Now the two have settled their differences and construction can continue.

With all funding in place, we will focus, along with our partner, on planning for an exciting opening in December and continuing to book rooms and conventions,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage.

Under terms of the deal, Dubai World agreed to drop the lawsuit against MGM, and cover the $135 million in payments the company recently doled out to lenders on its behalf.

Spiffed-up 737 will let passengers stand tall at their seats

Tall passengers know what it’s like in a 737 when the overhead bins are open. They have to hunch down so they won’t hit their head on the overhead bins when going to or leaving from their seat. Now Boeing has redesigned its next generation 737 (737NG). Dubbed the “737 sky interior,” it is modeled after the new 787 Dreamliner.

[I]t replaces the shelflike stow bins with sharply curved pivoting bins of the type introduced on the 777 jet 15 years ago.

When opened for loading, they pivot down to about the same height as bins used today.

But when closed, they tuck high into the corner of the cabin and remove that low overhang that makes it impossible to stand fully upright even in the aisle seat.

Additionally, Boeing aims for a two percent reduction in fuel consumption by 2011 through airframe and engine improvements.

Heat scanners give cold comfort during flu outbreak

With the swine flu outbreak reaching massive proportions, airports are rushing to install temperature scanners to identify those that are sick. But experts say that the microbe “is proving too clever for modern technology.”

Experts say an infected person can easily pass through these heat sensors without detection as the incubation period for influenza ranges anywhere between one and three days.

“The scanners won’t pick up everyone (with flu), especially if they are too early in the infection… People who have been infected very, very recently wouldn’t show up on the scanner,” Mark von Itzstein, director of the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia said.

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  • MarkieA

    What the heck are they gonna do when the “flu” scanner picks up a high temperature on someone? Deny boarding? You gotta be kidding! First off – and I’ll say right now that I know absolutely nothing about this technology and I’m not a doctor (although I slept in a Holiday Inn Express last month – I assume that a temperature scanner will only tell you the temperature of the person, not whether they have the flu. If they’ve just run down the concourse to catch their plane, is their temperature going to be elevated enough to “set off” the scanner? Secondly, OMG are teh airlines in for another round of trouble when they start denying boarding to people they THINK are sick. Or are they just gonna inform the offending person that they may be sick and let them decide? I can see lots of problems with this.

  • Hapgood

    And what about the advice not to fly if you’re sick? While that’s good, sensible, and even obvious idea, it puts too many people in a severe quandary. If they do the right thing, they have to forfeit their non-refundable airfare and possibly other non-refundable items. If they have travel insurance, it may or may not cover the loss if the illness is a mild one (as many cases of swine flu appear to be). The “economics” of travel are a strong disincentive to do the right thing.

  • old lady

    What about us senior women, I’m not sure how to put this delicately, but… when I’m having a hot flash, I bet I would trigger that temperature scanner…

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