Passenger Faces Federal Charges, Alaska Airlines And Iberia Codeshares, Go Cards Launch, Venmo Scam

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News Roundup

This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Passenger accused of punching Southwest flight attendant faces federal charges, Venmo ‘fake friend’ scam, NYC house made of shipping containers sells for $5 million and more.

Passenger accused of punching Southwest flight attendant faces federal charges

The passenger accused of punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant and breaking three of her teeth on a May flight now faces federal felony charges.

Vyvianna Quinonez is accused of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and interference with flight crew members and attendants, according to court documents.

This incident is one of more than 4,000 reported to the Federal Aviation Administration this year of disruptive and sometimes violent passengers onboard aircraft. Nearly 3,000 of those incidents involved passengers accused of violating the federal requirement to wear a face mask on airplanes, according to the FAA.

Better Business Bureau warns of Venmo ‘fake friend’ scam

According to the Better Business Bureau, that person may not really be your friend at all.

“We’re so quick to help and not check. But take a moment, take a breath,” said David Wheeler. Wheeler is the Vice President of the BBB in Central Florida. He said there has been an uptick in fake friends scamming real people on Venmo by asking for money.

Alaska Airlines And Iberia File For Domestic US Codeshares

Alaska Airlines and Iberia have filed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) for authorization to codeshare on Alaska’s domestic flights.

The airlines are looking to offer codeshares on Alaska’s domestic and short-haul international network from Iberia’s US gateways. In the future, the airlines are seeking authority to expand their codeshare agreements in the future if the airlines deem it is worthy.

Go Cards Launch (Happy Cards Competitor)

Safeway recently switched their gift card rack from Blackhawk Network (BHN) to InComm. BHN also issues the popular Happy gift cards (gift cards that can be used across multiple brands) and Safeway frequently ran promotions on these Happy gift cards.

NYC house made of shipping containers sells for $5 million

A “green” home in Williamsburg constructed entirely of 21 shipping containers is in contract for $5 million.

Originally built by Brooklyn-based restaurateurs Joe and Kim Carroll — who own the Belgian beer bar Spuyten Duyvil and Anselm — the house was completed in 2016.

The oddly shaped, four-story home, which looks like a large rectangle cut at an odd angle, was assembled on the 25-by-100 “cleverly stacked” together to create a slanted shape, according to Dirt.com.

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