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Poll: 86% of Frequent Flyers Give TSA Two Big Thumbs Down

by Jeremy Del Nero

Despite numerous efforts on the part of the Transportation Security Administration to make airport security a more bearable and streamlined process, frequent flyers continue to be dissatisfied with the TSA, and regard the screenings to be ineffective, according to a new survey by Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online community.
Eighty-six percent of frequent flyers surveyed said they think that the TSA is doing either a fair or …

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Great Moments in Travel History – November 2014

by Jesse Sokolow
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On November 21, 1783, the first free flight with human passengers took place.  Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes drifted approximately five miles (eight kilometers) in France in a hot-air balloon powered by a wood fire.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887.  The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 1, 2014

by Robert Waldner
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Believe it or not, Halloween has come and gone. Once again, it’s time to catch up on important Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week, without any tricks or treats. Here are five stories that could be of interest to you.
1.) Robert Waldner (ciao!) reminds us that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour, North Americans.
2.) Paul Riegler reviews …

Lobby Bar – October 31: The Seven Not-So-Bad Sins, America the Gr8, and Light Speed Ahead

by Jesse Sokolow
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The Lobby Bar –A Spooky, Sin-Laden Summary of FBT News and Views
Incompetence.  Paul Riegler overcomes all obstacles, including amateur flyers, at JFK on his way to a Delta flight to Salt Lake City.  Despite security being for the most part painless, Riegler’s experience has prompted him to write what is sure to be a best-seller: Flying for Dummies.
Pestilence.  Let Karin Sun lead you around Krakow, Poland, where she plans to …

Fall Back! Daylight Saving Time for 2014 Ends Sunday

by Robert Waldner
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On Sunday November 2, the U.S. and parts of Canada will switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. Clocks will need to be set back one hour and North Americans will find themselves gaining an extra hour of sleep.
Daylight Saving Time is a system that manages the changing amounts of daylight that occur throughout the year. The goal is to maximize daylight hours during the workday.
Ben …

Delta First Class Flight 462 New York-Salt Lake City – Review

by Paul Riegler
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Sometimes everything will go just right. Reveille at 0 dark hundred, shower, finish packing, summon an Uber ride, make record time from home to JFK’s Terminal 4, and join the TSA PreCheck line. There was only a couple ahead of me but something was wrong with one of their tickets. Things slowed to a crawl. While waiting for a supervisor to resolve the issue, the agent checked my credentials and …

What’s Doing in Krakow, Poland

by Karin Sun
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Krakow, located at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in southern Poland and straddling the Vistula River, is the second largest city in the country with 1.4 million residents. Like Warsaw, the city is best known for its beautiful medieval architecture, Old Town neighborhood, and rich modern history.
WHAT TO DO
Start your visit in Krakow’s Old Town neighborhood, or Stare Miasto, home to a number of historic buildings and landmarks. Centrally …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 25, 2014

by Robert Waldner
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As another weekend arrives, it’s a great time to bring your attention to important Frequent Business Traveler news and feature stories from this past week. Here are five that should capture your interest.
1.) Jeremy Del Nero takes the Moto 360 watch out for a test drive. He finds that, while it does quite a bit, it’s still a first-generation device.
2.) Robert Waldner (hi!) gives us the scoop on Winter Time …