one of the most prominent meth-testing entrepreneurs
Is he out of jail yet?
2ug / 100 cm2
To put this into context, methamphetamine is a licensed and prescribed pharmaceutical with a usual therapeutic dose of 5mg daily.
To reach this level by ingesting domestic "contamination" you'd have to eat:
2500 x 100cm2 of wall = 25m2
=> basically all the walls in an average room, *every day*. Eat the walls, that is - just licking wouldn't do it.
Air NZ Koru benefits:
And those lounges are mostly airside
How much of a deterrent is getting a boarding pass to some miscreant? All you have to do is spend a few dollars buying a ticket?
I think the main reason they don't want randoms airside is just crowd control. (It's not so much a problem in NZ, but imagine in less-developed countries like the US if all the beggars and chancers could get airside).
I think the way most pax are now on non-refundable tix reduces that. If the airline's got your money, what do they care if you turn up or not?
Also, I'm told by people that know that a lot of airports have cellphone tracking systems that not only know which pax are in the airport, but where they are (shops, toilet, bar, etc): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/Big-Brother-airport-installs-worlds-first-real-time-passenger-tracking-system/
You think that because the ideology of the US is suspect, we should ignore any technical findings (such as that a plane is liable to have its wings fall off) that come from that source?
The FAA was first to issue the warning (being probably the largest and best resourced civil aviation regulator). This would only have been mandatory on US flights, but Air NZ will have prudently applied it across the board.
The CAA probably should follow suit, but haven't I don't think.
Regulation of passenger equipment is a bit new. Traditionally, problems have been with aircraft, and the aircraft manufacturer (and their national aviation regulator) takes the lead - EASA for Airbus and FAA for Boeing).
I don't think it's sinister.
Actually, the Civil Aviation Rules can be adjusted by the Minister - it doesn't need new primary legislation. Obviously they've been lax in doing this as they don't reflect current practice.
I can't demonstrate this, but I've got a fairly clear recollection that it used to be possible (in Auckland) to get a boarding pass at the gate and/or the Koru Klub, and that there were kiosks at the KK for this purpose. In that case, Air NZ were encouraging a substantial number of passengers to breach aviation law?
Are all etickets deemed boarding passes? Or do they become passes only when printed?
I still think the actual reasoning was that it was decided that Brownlee should pay a fine in order to receive absolution, and the status of not having a boarding pass was dragged up in order to justify this. Has anyone else ever been fined for this infringement?
And an ambassador - with a Ferraro Rocher budget no doubt.. A cynic might think that Woolf is being given unlimited free travel in return for his support on any issues Lester wants votes on.