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by Jonathan Spira

One European airline has been the subject of a lot of buzz as well as controversy recently. Norwegian, which is relatively new to the long-haul game after having operated low-cost short-haul flights in Europe for over a decade, flies a fleet of shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the United States to a variety of European destinations, including London (Gatwick), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and of course Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
The airline’s …

Review: ‘Hamilton’ at Richard Rodgers Theater

by Jonathan Spira
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If you are tired of hearing “Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton” and think the musical with its $32 million in advance sales is just hype, I have just three words for you: go see it.
“Hamilton,” of course, is the megahit hip-hop musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and is loosely based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the nation’s first treasury secretary.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, took bows for his farewell performance July …

Do Electronic Devices Interfere with a Plane’s Systems? The Jury is Still Out

by Paul Riegler
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Most airline passengers today believe that their electronic devices – mobile phones, portable navigation systems, and tablets among others – are designed so they won’t create any interference with an aircraft’s flight systems. We – and some rocket scientists – beg to differ.
It turns out that the issue is not quite as clear-cut as it would appear. Earlier this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which maintains the Aviation …

Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, Minnesota – Review

by Jesse Sokolow
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These pages have seen reviews of hotels that formerly had been monasteries, post offices, and army barracks, so it stands to reason that, eventually, one of us would check into what had been a church, or at least a building built with that purpose in mind.
Recently, I checked into the Hotel Ivy Minneapolis, a Mesopotamian Ziggurat style tower erected in 1930 as part of the Second Church of Christ Scientist. …

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Amazon Prime: 6 Tips for Getting the Most out of Amazon

by Paul Riegler
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Many of us at FBT regularly use Amazon Prime, a paid membership program that gives customers free two-day shipping on most purchases, access to Prime video and books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
Most people use only a fraction of what’s included in the $99 per year membership price. Therefore, as a public service, we are pleased to show how to get the most out of the service.
Here’s what you need …

Munich Shooting: What We Know as of Saturday Morning

by Christian Stampfer
Pubilc transportation was shut down in the middle of the Friday evening commute home.

MUNICH — Nine people were killed Friday night by a lone gunman and at least 27 were injured at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum or shopping center near the site of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
German authorities said that the gunman, who was dressed in black, was an 18-year-old German-Iranian with dual citizenship who had reportedly lived in Munich for two years. He was not identified but officials said he had …

Lobby Bar – July 22: Southwest Sells Music, Parachuting over the Pacific, and Shopping from Your Local River

by Jeremy Del Nero
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Lobby Bar – A Collaborative Collage of FBT News and Views
Slow food.  Paul Riegler dines at one of America’s finest fast food joints, In-N-Out Burger. In-N-Out isn’t available in most parts of the country, so we’re happy to offer a Double Double combo for you to try. Simply send us your address and your Uber account login info and we’ll do the rest.
Class divides. Jonathan Spira jets to Oslo in …

Restaurant Review: In-N-Out Burger – Is This America’s Best Hamburger?

by Paul Riegler
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Founded in the Los Angeles area in 1948, the hamburger chain In-N-Out Burger is not your ordinary burger joint. Indeed, most fast food restaurants can only aspire to its cult-like status and few boast of a list of fans that includes renowned chefs such as Julia Child, Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, and Gordon Ramsay.
The restaurant has achieved its success by keeping the menu simple, paying its employees well, providing friendly …