Human vs. machine


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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