Lobby Bar – November 29: General Electric Plays With Fire, Siri Visits Her Relatives Across the Pond, and Americans Everywhere Gain Weight
The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Happy Thanksgivukkah! From the bottom of the soulless hearts at Frequent Business Traveler, we hope you had a splendid day eating two pounds of bird meat and giving thanks for the right to do so. If you happen to be Jewish, it’s your duty to eat an additional two pounds today to celebrate the collision of holidays. No complaining, eat up.
The time has gone missing. With 2013 wrapping up in the next few weeks, we at Frequent Business Traveler would like to know about your travel plans for 2014. In other words, while you sit and wonder where the past eleven months have gone, please let us know what you plan to do with your next twelve.
Anything you can do I can do better. Christian Stampfer logged over 1,500 miles in a 2013 Audi A7 3.0 TDI driving through the hills of the Netherlands and Germany. Pray tell, what have you done with your week so far?
I don’t see the connection. Jeremy Del Nero (check the byline) is here to tell you about frequent travelers’ most treasured credit card benefits. It turns out that the average flyer does not like paying massive fees on purchases made abroad – imagine that.
Lime Disease. American Airlines plans to exit bankruptcy and merge with US Airways. U.S. Bankruptcy judge Sean Lane gives two thumbs up. This is all well and good, but the lack of an agreed upon lime-slicing procedure is still causing distress among pilots, flight attendants, and passengers alike.
Coffee Prejudice. Jonathan Spira tests out T-mobile’s free international data in London. His iPhone connected immediately but Siri refused to report for duty. Luckily, Siri’s British equivalent, Bennett, stepped in as a replacement, although he comes preloaded with a bit of an attitude. I want to live in a world where my phone doesn’t judge me for ordering an American coffee in the U.K.
Here be Dragons. General Electric’s GEnx engines ran into some issues with ice chunks at high altitudes, but GE has promised a quick fix to the problem. Rumors are that GE got a hold of some baby dragons that it will use to melt the ice chunks before they disrupt the engine.
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