US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review

by Jonathan Spira

This is the story of a forgetful traveler, an awesome captain and first officer, and a one-hour delay, combined with a flight right before the Christmas holiday and impending major snowstorm.
Whether I am flying on business or just for fun, I am usually taking photographs and this flight was no exception.  My trip started with a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport – my …

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Great Moments in Travel History – March 2015

by Jesse Sokolow

The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco opened on March 21, 1904.  Notable individuals including Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed at the California property, which is in operation today as the Westin St. Francis.
On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington.  The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
Le Canard …

Lobby Bar – February 27: Invisible Airplanes, Constitutional Pollution, and Whose Bag is this?

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Politically Incorrect Summary of FBT News and Views
Misünderstüd. Join Jonathan Spira behind the wheel of the 2015 BMW X6 M for a first look at the mammoth SAV, a car that Spira insists is misunderstood. Next time you see an X5 M or X6 M, try to be a little empathetic and ask it how its day is going. Maybe it just wants to be friends.
‘Murrican …

‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ at Stephen Sondheim Theatre – Review

by Jonathan Spira
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“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” which opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in January, is really two stories.  One is the story of a nice, Jewish girl from Brooklyn who doesn’t always listen to her mother, meets a nice Jewish boy (also from Brooklyn), and tries to keep her family together, despite the odds.  The other is the story of a woman who became the most successful female songwriter of …

Smoking Ban on U.S. Flights Celebrates 25 Years

by Paul Riegler

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day on which smoking on U.S. domestic flights ceased.
On February 25, 1990, all U.S. domestic flights became no smoking, thanks to a law sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Richard Durbin.
The bill passed despite the objections of tobacco-state lawmakers.
Former smoker Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was the bill’s sponsor in the Senate in 1989. “The American people are overwhelmingly in …

2015 BMW X6 M – First Look and Review

by Jonathan Spira

Misunderstood. That’s the one word that seems to best characterize BMW’s behemoth M cars, the X6 M and mechanically identical X5 M. The launch of these models at the end of the last decade did raise eyebrows among purists but BMW has sold almost 20,000 M SUVs (excuse me, SAVs) since 2009, nothing to snicker at with a base price of around $100,000.
The X5 and X6 Ms are back, and …

Lobby Bar – February 20: Flights to Mount Doom, Roads Made of People, Gas Pains, and the Meaning of Love

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Deviously Deceptive Summary of FBT News and Views 
Technophobia.  If you were afraid Apple wasn’t controlling enough of your life, get ready for the rumored iCar, coming to a garage near you by 2020. One bug the Apple team can’t work out yet: the self-driving car will crash if it detects passengers with PC laptops or Android/Windows smartphones on board.
Sunday Night Live.  Late-night sketch show SNL has …

Rumors of an Apple Electric Vehicle Intensify

by Paul Riegler

Apple, notorious for being one of the most secretive tech companies, may be planning to build an electric vehicle that would become available by the year 2020.
The veil of secrecy was pierced last week when the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Project Titan, an EV project that hundreds of Apple employees are working on. Since then, news of Apple’s recruitment of automotive industry experts has surfaced and, according …