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$435K Fine For United, World’s Largest Plane, Facial Boarding Passes, and More

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Written by Charlie

Read about the world’s largest plane and its awesome figures as well as why United is facing a $435K fine, an incredible marathoner and more.


Here is a little roundup of some of the stories I found interesting today.

  • $435K Find for United – This is a big fine that has been proposed by the FAA against United for apparently flying a 787 23 times on both domestic and international routes in 2014 without having a mandatory inspection done. This inspection was to occur following the replacement of a fuel pump pressure switch. Read more here.
  • World’s Largest Plane Rolls Out – This new plane has some pretty amazing numbers to go with it in its claim as the world’s largest plane – 385 foot wingspan, 6 of the engines on the 747, 50 feet tall and has 28 wheels. Its purpose is to launch rockets that will take satellites into space. Estimated take off date is sometime in 2019. Read more here.
  • JetBlue to Test Facial Scans for Boarding Passes – Later this month on its Boston to Aruba route, JetBlue will be testing the practice of using facial scans (matched to government IDs) instead of boarding passes for their passengers. Delta is doing something similar with fingerprints. The goal is to speed up the boarding process and eliminate the boarding pass. Would probably also eliminate people with the same name from sharing elite status… (as someone who shares a name with both a father and son, it is the first thing I think about with a story like this). Read more here.
  • Oldest Female Marathoner Running Another Marathon – I love reading stories about older runners because it gives me more encouragement to want to continue running when I reach older ages and to know it is possible! Harriette Thompson is 94 and will be running her 17th marathon this Sunday! What an awesome job! When you read the story, they got the times wrong – the paper says she has the record for the fastest female marathoner over 90 with a 2 hour and 7 minute marathon! That is obviously not right and is probably 7 hours and 2 minutes which is still incredible! Read more here

That’s it for today (or at least when I wrote this post!)!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.