Human vs. machine

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Hawaii's state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is revisiting the issue of Hawaiian Airlines' making interisland air coupons available through the Bank of Hawaii's automated teller machines. Last year, after a local travel agency complained that the bank was acting as a travel agent unlawfully, the DCCA ruled in the agency's favor, saying that there is no significant difference between a travel agency and an ATM in that scenario. Not that it has anything to do with why the case was reopened, but, c'mon, there's a world of difference between an agency and an ATM. For instance, an ATM is always open, and an agency never puts up a sign in the window that says "This agency is temporarily out of order."

If demand is there, British Airways said it might extend its New York-Barbados roundtrips via Concorde next winter. The flights get type-A sun-worshipers to the Caribbean's easternmost island in two hours and change. You know, I hope one day to be at a stage in life when basking in the warmth and beauty of Barbados isn't satisfying unless I can break the sound barrier getting there.

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