by Jeremy Del Nero

Curious about airport security at the dawn of the jet age? There wasn’t any. Indeed, just watch great movies such as “Airport”, and you’ll see anyone could stroll up to a departure gate. Indeed, it wasn’t until 1972, when a group of hijackers threatened to fly Southern Airways Flight 49 into a nuclear reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that the Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines to screen passengers and …

Lobby Bar – March 24: Planeside Parking, Kissing Fish, and How to Make Money with Good Grammar

by Jesse Sokolow

Lobby Bar – An Intimate Iteration of Iconic FBT News and Views
Stone’s throw. Join us on a flight from JFK’s Terminal 2 to Phoenix, Arizona, in Delta’s first class cabin. Terminal 2 is the best terminal for getting curbside to airside as quickly as possible, mostly thanks to a secret tunnel that lets passengers drive right onto the tarmac and park next to the aircraft. (Parking meters are located just …

Summer Time 2017 Set to Begin this Sunday in European Union

by Jesse Sokolow

Summer Time will begin this Sunday in the European Union at 1 a.m. GMT. At this time, which is 2 a.m. in Central Europe, clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
The change will put both sides of the Atlantic back in sync after a two-week period that followed the switch to Daylight Saving Time, on March 12, in most of the United States and Canada.
Summer Time, called British Summer …

Flight Review: Delta Air Lines First Class New York (JFK) – Phoenix

by Jonathan Spira

One of the charms of leaving from Terminal 2 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is that it is faster to get from curbside to a relaxing seat in the lounge, in this case the recently renovated Delta Sky Club, than anywhere else.
On a sunny winter afternoon, I arrived at Terminal 2 well ahead of schedule thanks to a dearth of traffic and therefore had time to visit the Delta …

Norway Displaces Denmark as World’s Happiest Country, U.S. Is No. 14

by Jesse Sokolow

In search of happiness? Consider moving to Norway, the world’s happiest country.
After placing fourth last year (Denmark was first), Norway, followed closely by Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden, proved that those in search of happiness might consider moving to a European country with a cool climate.
The authors of the 2017 World Happiness Report explained that Norway is a happy place not because of its oil wealth but in spite of it: …

For Want of a Comma, Pay $10 Million and Do Not Pass Go

by Paul Riegler

Observant readers presumably know that Frequent Business Traveler’s style guide calls for the use of the Oxford, or serial, comma. Mere grammatical pedantry, you say? Not so fast.
The success of a class-action lawsuit by truck drivers about overtime pay recently hinged on the use – or lack thereof – of this infamous punctuation mark.
In case you are not familiar with the Oxford comma, here’s a quick review: The Oxford comma …

Review: ‘Come From Away’ at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

by Jonathan Spira

The big news of the day on September 11, 2001 was the school bus strike in Gander. That was until the “plane people” arrived and this is the theme of “Come From Away,” a musical that opened last Sunday that will make you laugh and cry and restore your faith in humanity, all within 100 minutes with no intermission.
Gander, of course, is home to Gander International Airport, once one of …

Lobby Bar – March 17: Luxury Dumpster Diving, a Butler to Read the Menu for You, and Why the CIA Spies on Us

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – An Exoskeleton of Exemplary FBT News and Views
Daylight Subliminal Time. Daylight Saving Time celebrated its 99th birthday this year. The first year, churches were urged to ring their church bells “more lustily” to remind people about the time change. Now, we just have CIA agents whisper through the smartphone by your bed to subconsciously remind you about waking up an hour earlier or later; it actually works …