Lobby Bar – September 27: Heavy Lifting, Evening Britishisms, Driving With God, and Who Runs the World?
The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
It’s not “yo momma”. Jonathan Spira takes the rather large 2013 Bentley Mulsanne for a cruise. What aims to please and is responsive, pricey, and nearly 6,000 pounds? It’s the car – we’re not that kind of magazine.
Lighten up in the air. Ramsey Qubein flies in business class on Avianca Flight 24 to Bogota, Columbia. From the sound of it, the cabin crew could have benefitted from two glasses of the white wine they were serving the passengers.
Remove the pews. Jim Perry takes us on a journey through the great cathedral of cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Luckily, we were allowed to do things that normally aren’t allowed in cathedrals, namely riding around in BMW i3s and drinking sophisticated cocktails.
Maybe a Smart Car. Jeremy Del Nero (hey!) steps on the Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale (and doesn’t break it!). I guess it’s good to know that I don’t weigh as much as a Bentley Mulsanne.
Bring a sleeping bag just in case. European air controllers are planning a continent-wide strike on October 10. So, you know, try to avoid Europe on or around that date if possible.
Even during rush hour. American Airlines launched hourly shuttles between New York and Los Angeles. At this rate, these shuttles depart more frequently than the J train.
Land here! We’re important! British Airways debuted the A380 aircraft on its London-Los Angeles route. We’re friends with the pilots; we were half expecting them to land the plane in New York for some evening tea. Instead, we just waved to them as they flew overhead. We’re pretty sure they waved back. Brilliant.
Flight attendant announcements get a bit longer. The FAA is moving closer to allowing electronic device use during takeoffs and landings. The key word is “closer.” If you are currently using an Apple iPhone 5, 5s, or 4s, please disable Bluetooth mode and close all applications. If you have a Samsung phone powered by Android, please go to the main settings menu, turn the brightness all the way down, change the phone’s wallpaper, and rotate the device twice. Any Kindle manufactured before 2010 should be put in airplane mode, unless it was made during the third quarter of 2012, in which case a flight attendant must first approve of the reading material, but then you’re free to read uninhibited. All other gadget use will be permitted if you give the flight attendants a proper smile first.
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