Happy Friday and welcome to the pre-holiday edition of Shifting Gears.
There’s truly something for everyone in this week’s rundown of all the transportation goings on: from luxury yacht disasters, to angry flight attendants, a leaked email from Tesla, startup drama, and more.
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Let’s dive in:
Delta flight attendants say their uniforms are making them lose their hair, break out in hives, and cough uncontrollably
For 18 months, Delta flight attendants say they have battled skin lesions, fatigue, migraines, and hair loss. They think it’s because of the chemicals in their new uniforms.
In some cases, medical-leave requests and requests to wear different uniforms were rejected, with some attendants saying their jobs were threatened.
Death, taxes and leaked emails from Tesla
If there’s one thing you can count on from the Tesla beat, it’s leaked emails from within the company.
This time, Bert Bruggeman, Tesla’s vice president of manufacturing at its Fremont, California, vehicle-assembly plant, is enlisting employees from all departments of the electric-vehicle startup to get cars into the hands of waiting customers before the end of the year.
Candice Poon, Cara Dick, Mike Finger got a stern message from Lyft
Some Lyft users received a message from the company Thursday saying their names violated the ride-hailing service’s community guidelines.
In the notification, Lyft didn’t provide a reason for flagging an account beyond saying the name “doesn’t align with its Community Guidelines.”
RIP Marc Anthony’s yacht
The Latin mega-star’s $US7 million, 120-foot yacht capsized after a fire in Miami on Wednesday, but nobody was hurt.
FedEx got a Christmas gift from Amazon. It was a lump of coal.
The week before Christmas 2019 has been perhaps the worst in FedEx‘s turf war with Amazon, which has turned from customer to competitor in just a few years.
Rachel Premack took a deep dive into the freight hauler’s struggles, which sent its market value plunging as much as 14% this week.
Is Lime running out of juice?
Lime lost another communications executive this month, the latest in a year marked by C-suite and management turnover. Full details can be found here.
- A leaked memo suggests Amtrak is considering airline-style changes to its ticketing policies, including nonrefundable fares and change fees
- LA purchased 130 electric buses – the largest order in the US. The city’s chief of transit reveals the challenges ahead in electrifying the country’s 2nd-largest city.
- Boeing’s launch of a new spaceship for NASA went awry, and the vehicle no longer has enough fuel to reach the International Space Station
- Uber and Lyft say they will no longer serve the Phoenix airport after the city voted to raise fees by $US1.34
- A powerful UN agency is quietly considering allowing companies into a 145-year-old international mailing pact – and it could give Amazon, UPS, FedEx, and a slew of e-retailers unprecedented shipping power
- A 17-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly stealing a $US2 million plane and driving it into an airport building in California