Quick Hits

These news items may not be directly car rental related, or even of interest to the car rental community, but they interest me, anyway. Let me know what you think.

Chris Brown

Editor

Can you imagine if car rental excise taxes end up paying for a stadium that no longer exists? The now-demolished old Giants Stadium still carries $110 million in debt.  

Here's one way to cram more people on a plane.

Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary is apparently a proponent of these "saddle seats." O'Leary must have some reverse-psychology marketing tactic. He ruffled feathers earlier this year with the idea of coin-operated bathrooms on planes. ACRA President Bob Barton blogged about it in April.

Airline passenger advocates have started a Web site to protest the piling on of airline fees. The collected stories will be submitted to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. How about it, car rental?

I found this video on You Tube of Ireland's version of Candid Camera. Jake Stevens (Ireland's Alan Fundt) complains about a right-hand drive rental in Helsinki, Finland. The set up is pretty inane, but I'm passing this along because the car rental agent, not knowing she's on a hidden camera, handles the situation very well.

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