Bati Bleki Buzz, Weekly Recap, March 11th, 2018

New Chief in Town

I was cheering for a woman, but I realize that the new interim High Commissionaire of Police is a good man. How do I know? He was recruited by the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino to serve as Director of Loss Prevention and Risk manager, a top position with a handsome compensation package. He must be highly qualified.

According to his resume, less than one year ago Police Inspector Andrew Hoo left the Police force to join the private sector. It is a customary practice, to fish for talent among retired men in blue to oversee resort internal and external security. It’s a big deal, and experienced top inspectors fit the job description well.

But, this is a first. The inspector turned civilian, worked for about one year at the hotel, they invested in his training and had high hopes for him to last for a while, but this week he returned to uniform within one day, no transition period with a successor; it seems he just took a break from policing and went right back, without any warning sign, that he was bored or unhappy. I can only guess that inspector Hoo left the force, but the force did not leave him.

He was called back in, and he followed his destiny! Having resigned leaving his peers behind, he was rewarded with a promotion.

I imagine that from now on, the resorts will question and quiz their future loss prevention and risk management candidates extensively, especially if they hail from Police circles, afraid to make the investment and ultimately lose their candidate of choice prematurely.

I read that the new Korpchef Interino started with the force in 2001 as a graduate of the Politie Academie in Appeldoorn, he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and an Associate degree of Science Hotel Management, in addition to Executive Master of Tactical Policing, majoring in General Leadership.

He is no doubt an exceptional professional, and most importantly, a father of two!

Three days of silence turned to four, or Flying Naked

Basic Economy, now more restrictions than ever, making Economy feel like luxury!

If the goal was to make Economy look good, then it’s a total success.

On a recent trip to Miami I found out – poor me – I have booked myself into a special low-class travel category, described as Our Lowest Main Cabin Fare, but in reality, it is the rock bottom of rock bottoms, mind you NO savings offered.

As I was on line, the booking engine begged me to upgrade but I did not listen, I was already paying $442.81 per ticket to Miami and wasn’t going to spring for anything else.

Apparently, the airline has just quietly slipped the new category in whereby you can only have ONE item that fits under the seat in front of you, and NO access to overhead bins, you CANNOT get a seat assignment on line, only last minute at check in; if you would like a different seat, tough – unless you upgrade, there will be a fee for that —  AND you’re NOT eligible for upgrades, NO flight changes or refunds AND you are boarded last, in group 9, with all other cheap bastards who happened to book the basic fare as well.

I have to say, we still got pretzels, and tea. That was nice. And we were allowed to watch the TV, no earphones, but who knows how much longer that would be tolerated.

AA was not the first to introduce the loser-class fare, United Airlines did so in November with the Barebones Basic Economy, designed to please the so-called Price-Sensitive passengers, with even harsher restrictions: The computer assigns you a seat, NO changes possible, group or family seating NOT guaranteed – unless you upgrade, there will be a fee for that  – no full size carry-ons allowed, just itsy-bitsy tiny backpack, NO flight or ticket changes allowed. In the case of United these tickets are really cheap, around $50, unlike AA, that still charges handsomely.

Basic Economy is now meaningfully differentiated from Economy, it is the lowest class of fares ever, and I do not recall being told! I must have missed the memo.

Barebone fares. What’s next? Bareback fares?!  Or better yet, Stripped Down fares.

Does that mean that in the future we will have to travel naked, pom pom pasties nipple covers are okwill I be willing to give up seat selection, boarding priority, and changeable tickets, in exchange for a discount, while naked?


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