by Anna Breuer

The partial government shutdown has led to a reduction in staffing at security checkpoints at the nation’s airports. Multiple airports had to consolidate security operations resulting in the closing of entire checkpoints at some terminals, including Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Miami International, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, and Washington Dulles International.
Here’s a guide to what to expect in the coming days, as it’s likely that the absenteeism rate will continue …

Lobby Bar – January 18: Forgettable Names, Waltzing Matildas, and ‘I’ll Take Failed Attempts to Rename American Cities for $200, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
We’re not making this one up.  Marriott announced that the new name of its guest loyalty program would be Bonvoy. The Lobby Bar crew can’t think of anything to add to this.
Jack Benny meet Mel Blanc.  Henry Feintuch visited the posh Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, bringing along his sister, Sue.  Sue? Si! And what does Sue do …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2019 North American International Auto Show

by Paul Riegler

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. This will be the last year that it kicks off the international car show calendar: in 2020, the show will reboot and move to June, leaving the Cobo Center and adding outdoor events that run along the city’s waterfront in addition to a show floor, something unimaginable in Detroit in the wintertime.
This …

Review: Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

by Henry Feintuch

Travelers who have visited Mexico’s larger and better-known regions – including Cancun, Acapulco, Los Cabos and Guadalajara – are, in greater numbers, discovering a hidden gem in San Miguel de Allende, a city and municipality in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato Located in the country’s central highlands, approximately 700 miles south of Houston and 170 miles northwest of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is a …

‘Brace for Impact’ – 10-Year Anniversary of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

by Jesse Sokolow

Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 that, after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada Geese northeast of the George Washington Bridge.
With both engines out, the aircraft had no power and was unable to reach a nearby airport or runway. Captain Chesley Sullenberger …

BroadwayCon 2019 Celebrates All Things Theater

by Anna Breuer

Stars and fans of the Great White Way came together to celebrate and learn about Broadway plays and musicals at the fourth annual BroadwayCon in New York City.
The three-day event was held at the New York Hilton Midtown and the agenda included something for everyone. It was impossible to miss fans dressed as their favorite Broadway characters, from several as Jenna Hunterson of “Waitress” – replete with a piece of …

Tech Review: TCL Roku 28” Smart TV 28S305

by Paul Riegler

As televisions become larger and larger (Samsung recently introduced a 146” model, named, appropriately enough, “The Wall”), it has become harder and harder to find good smaller models, say for your kitchen or your Airstream.
Our search for such a model led us to the TCL Roku Smart TV model. 28S305.
The affordable TCL Roku Smart TV has excellent overall image quality and built-in Roku functionality, essentially giving the TV built-in streaming …

Lobby Bar – January 11, 2019: Lost in Space, Jethro Tull, and ‘I’ll Take Soon-to-Be Defunct Airlines for €1,000, Alex!’

by Jonathan Spira

Lobby Bar: Being All It Can Be
Moved. Left no forwarding address?  Aeroplan tried to reconnect to its former owner Air Canada on Thursday and, upon returning home, found the building empty and the locks changed.  The frequent-flyer program can be found wandering the streets of Montreal, asking passers-by, have you seen my parent
No planes for you. Security staff at several German airports went on strike on Thursday, leaving thousands of travelers stranded …