American Airlines Grounds Haiti Rescue Team's Medical Supplies

American Airlines Grounds Haiti Rescue Team's Medical Supplies

American Airlines has imposed a baggage embargo on flights to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in order to prevent holdups and make sure everyone’s baggage gets to ride along. Permitted: surfboards and golf clubs. Not permitted: a San Diego volunteer group’s giant bag of medical supplies. Update: some creative packing on the volunteers’ part got things straightened out, and the supplies are en route. [More]

Do Something Nice, Go To Disneyland

Do Something Nice, Go To Disneyland

Disney’s gone and done something admirable again. We get it, Disney: you don’t want our golden poop. Fine.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/17/starbucks-will-give-a-free/

Starbucks will give a free tall coffee to anyone who pledges to volunteer in their community for five hours, placing the value of community service at roughly $0.35 per hour. [AP]

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Over a quarter-million passengers were bumped from flights in the past eight months, a number that is set to grow as airlines try to boost anemic profits by slashing fleets. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to compensate bumped passengers with cash or vouchers, but savvy passengers can leverage their situation to negotiate heftier payments…

With Northwest's Help, Ticket Scammer Ruins College Student's Volunteer Trip

With Northwest's Help, Ticket Scammer Ruins College Student's Volunteer Trip

Prison Officials Lose Flash Drive With Data On 3,500 Volunteers And Visitors

Prison Officials Lose Flash Drive With Data On 3,500 Volunteers And Visitors

The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that “a flash memory drive containing names, birth dates and driver’s license numbers of more than 3,500 people who either volunteered or visited San Quentin State Prison in a group tour has been lost.” Our reader Paul, who sent us the tip, adds, “When I read it my first thought was, “Gee, I wonder what the chances are of this personal data ending up in criminal hands? Mmm, maybe 100%.” Our favorite part of the story: the data wasn’t encrypted, but prison officials have said that now they’re going to start encrypting it.

Retired Safety Inspector Picks Up Slack For CPSC In Brooklyn

Retired Safety Inspector Picks Up Slack For CPSC In Brooklyn

Martin Bennett is a 69-year-old former inspector for the Consumer Product Safety Commission who retired over six years ago.