by Jeremy Del Nero

Flying to Hawaii, I was prepared for beaches and relaxation. I wasn’t, however, prepared for penguins or the stars. The flightless birds in the lobby of the hotel seemed out of place, but actually the vast majority of penguins prefer warmer climates. The stars I merely forgot about, perhaps due to the light pollution in New York City that renders most of the sky a gray blanket at night. Re-introductions …

Road Test and Review: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

by Paul Riegler
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You may notice something different about the photographs of our short-term 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. We typically like to photograph the cars in showroom condition but winter hit us hard right after the Accord arrived and we decided to make an exception.
The Honda Accord, which turned 40 last year, has been one of the best-selling vehicles in the United States since 1989. It also has the distinction of being the …

Traveler Alert: In U.K., Silent Emergency Assistance Can Come to the Rescue

by Jesse Sokolow

In 2003, Hannah Foster, a teenager, was murdered after her 999 emergency call was judged accidental because she didn’t speak directly to the operator but instead held the line open in the expectation that the operator would hear the conversation she was having with her abductor. Instead, her call was determined to be accidental and ended by an operator.
Similar earlier incidents led the London Metropolitan Police Service to introduce in …

Flight Review: Delta One Business Class San Francisco-New York

by Paul Riegler
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My first flight in a while on Delta out of San Francisco gave me the opportunity to visit the airline’s attractive new Sky Club lounge. Thanks to an absence of traffic in the Bay Area and at the TSA PreCheck security checkpoint line, I had ample time to enjoy the lounge and was captivated by the views of airport operations that the almost floor-to-ceiling windows allowed.
The old Sky Club was …

Lobby Bar – January 13: New Driving Safety Standards, Whiskey on Tap Tap, and Shrubbery Take Charge

by Jeremy Del Nero
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A Super Summary of FBT News and Views, on Steroids
Rise of the machines. A California law that went into effect at the beginning of this year bars drivers from holding and operating a handheld electronic device while driving. Unfortunately, cars are so technologically advanced that a federal ruling in late December classified all cars as handheld electronic devices, which means that drivers in California are not allowed to touch the …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

by Paul Riegler
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Just as the movie “Star Wars: Rogue One” was debuting in theaters, I found myself behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Rogue. While Nissan is offering a special Rogue One Edition inspired by the movie, mine was the more mainstream edition.
The Nissan Rogue first debuted as a 2008 model in 2007 and the second generation Rogue was introduced in 2013. For 2017, the Rogue received a more aggressive looking …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

by Christian Stampfer
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DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 9 and 10, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day. On Saturday, January 14 …

Reimagining JFK Airport: Terminal City, Meet the Future

by Jonathan Spira
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The plans to redevelop John F. Kennedy International Airport as a more interconnected airport calls to mind the airport’s first redevelopment in the 1950s as Terminal City.
The airport, which opened in the 1940s as Idlewild, was renamed New York International Airport, Anderson Field in 1948 (although the name “Idlewild” stuck), and then named after President John F. Kennedy a month after his assassination in 1963.
Originally, the Port Authority of …