What we’re reading: Why must we turn off devices?, Trump Marina rebranded as Golden Nugget, Vegas strives to become Asian gateway

by Stephanus Surjaputra on November 28, 2011


Disruptions: fliers must turn off devices, but it’s not clear why

We’ve all heard the announcement that all flight attendants must make prior to takeoff: “Please turn off all portable electronic devices.” But what if one or two people didn’t do as they’re told? New York Times’ blogger Nick Bilton explores the issue.

Let’s assume that just 1 percent of those passengers — about two people per Boeing 737, a conservative number — left a cellphone, e-reader or laptop turned on during takeoff or landing. That would mean seven million people on 11 million flights endangered the lives of their fellow passengers.

Yet, in 2010, no crashes were attributed to people using technology on a plane. None were in 2009. Or 2008, 2007 and so on. You get the point.

Trump no more, Golden Nugget polishes own brand

One of the first orders of business for the new owners of the Trump Marina Hotel Casino in Atlantic City is to strip all references to the Trump name.

Now comes the much harder task of establishing their own brand for the casino now known as the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Houston-based Landry’s Restaurants bought the casino-hotel for $38 million _ about a tenth of what former owners Trump Entertainment Resorts nearly got for it just two years earlier.

Vegas pitching airlines, travelers as gateway to Asia

Las Vegas tourism officials are hoping that a brand new terminal for McCarran International airport will lure travelers to make Las Vegas a stopover on their way to Asia or other foreign places.

Some might never leave McCarran International Airport, while others might decide to make casinos happy by hopping in a cab and spending a few hours gambling.

Either way is fine with the airport — it just needs enough people traveling here to justify a $2.4 billion expansion conceived when Las Vegas was much busier. The new terminal opens in June.

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