North America has lousy airlines

I’m in Europe shopping inexpensive airline options. It reminds me how bad we have it in Canada — WestJet and Air Canada being almost the same, equally bad. There’s no competition.

Economist:

Air fares are higher per seat mile in America than in Europe. …

Airlines in North America posted a profit of $22.40 per passenger last year; in Europe the figure was $7.84. …

Only one operator based in America can be found in the world’s 30 best carriers, as rated by Skytrax, an aviation website, compared with nine from Europe. …

This happy combination of low fares and reasonable service has a simple explanation: competition. American policymakers have presided over a wave of mergers in the past few years. The biggest four carriers in America between them now control 80% of the market, compared with just 48% a decade ago. …

A lack of competition explains the flaws in American aviation

related:

America’s woeful image among travellers is self-perpetuating

I enjoyed “Passengers”

Passengers is a 2016 American romantic science fiction adventure film …

It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne.

The story depicts three people who are awakened some 90 years too soon from an induced hibernation on a spaceship bound for a new planet. …

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 31% based on 223 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. ..

I quite enjoyed the movie. Pratt and Lawrence are likeable. The technology very interesting.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

cameras are dying

I tripped over to Walmart to purchase my 3rd Elf.

I like this camera. But they only last about a year before the telescoping lens fails.

The camera rack at a Burlington ONT Walmart was empty. The salesman told me they were getting out of camera sales. That’s not the only store.

Seems most people prefer to use their camera phones.

So … we rolled on over to Staples. They had plenty of different Elfs in stock. I chose the Elf 180 as it was least expensive.

Fortitude – season 1

Intense. Well acted. I recommend this series if you are OK with scary TV.

Fortitude is a British sci-fi psychological thriller television series …

A 12-episode series started airing on 29 January 2015. …

The series is set in the fictional Arctic Norwegian settlement of Fortitude. …

It is described as an international community, with inhabitants from many parts of the world (population of 713 inhabitants and 4 police officers). The series was filmed in both the UK and in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland. …

Critics gave positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season an 88% rating …

Dennis Quaid joins the cast for season 2. Amazon picked it up.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.