Lobby Bar – January 18: Bad Dreams, Prison Stripes, and Getting Past the Velvet Rope

By Jesse Sokolow on 18 January 2013
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For once, Jonathan Spira didn’t fly on a Dreamliner.  But he’s not the only one whose dreams were crushed.  Find out why no one got a chance to fly on the new Boeing aircraft this week.

Spare parts.  Keep a MacBook laptop handy for when the other’s in the shop? Dan Collins wanted to use his new MacBook Retina but ended up using a MacBook Air while Apple dug for replacement parts.

Looks good in stripes?  Is American’s new livery AAwesome or AAwful?  We report on American’s new logo and look.

See-through plane.  Delta’s Glass Bottom Jet iPad app lets passengers view what’s on the ground below them from their seats.  But can the people on the ground see inside the plane?

Upping the bar.  Delta adds new requirements to its SkyMiles program.  Will you make the cut?

Join the club.  A new lounge, The Club, opens at San Jose Airport.  But how does one get past the velvet rope?

Baby in drag.  The sleek Mercedes-Benz CLA has the lowest drag coefficient of any production vehicle.  And for those with ADD, it also has Attention Assist 2.0.

Achtung!  The word from Detroit is that German carmakers are invading new markets in the U.S.  Dare we hope for an I-95 unlimited-speed Autobahn?

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