Lobby Bar – November 28: Personifying Airlines, Shrinking a Metropolis, and the Milkshake Diet
The Lobby Bar – A Knee-Slapping Summary of FBT News and Views
I did not order 12 MacBooks. It’s Thanksgiving week, and everybody knows what that means: food and family? Ummm. Shopping. Paul Riegler has some tips for safe shopping this holiday season. Hint: don’t use “password123” as your Amazon password, unless combating fraud sounds like a fun way to spend your holiday.
Dead man walking. Jesse Sokolow heads to JFK at 4:00 a.m. with plans to fly in First Class on an American A321T to Los Angeles, but in a state of utter grogginess and fatigue, boards the wrong flight out of JFK, only to realize his error upon arrival in Guam. Just kidding – he slept through the boarding call and has been confined to JFK ever since.
Honey, I shrunk the city. Jonathan Spira explores Paris, a chic and romantic city now conveniently located in downtown Philly. Amazingly, Sofitel managed to squeeze all 41 square miles of the city of lights into Pennsylvania’s largest burg.
We need to talk. American Airlines, accustomed to having a 1-bedroom all to itself and now feeling cramped sharing its space with US Airways, is scoping out a potential new home. It’s nothing too serious – we don’t sense a breakup in the airline’s future – as CEO Doug Parker told reporters the airline is “just wondering” about the feasibility.
Two’s company. Air China and Air New Zealand are in talks of moving in together. The couple-to-be is actually interested in American’s luxury 1-bedroom, and is okay with sharing the limited space. Apparently these two airlines are more compatible.
Unstoppable Innovation. Delta added private drive-through check-in at London Heathrow for its Business Class passengers. Now humans are capable of stopping at an ATM, picking up coffee and burgers, and checking into their flights, all without leaving the comfort of their vehicles. It’s truly an amazing time to be alive.
Fudging the numbers. New FDA regulations mandate the posting of calories next to menu items in restaurants and movie theaters. The numbers may be a bit askew at first – who knew that salads are 1,400 calories and milkshakes are calorie-free?
11:59 p.m. calls. Come 2015, travelers will be charged a fee for same-day hotel cancelations. Basically, if Grandma is about to kick the bucket, tell her to try to do so at least 24 hours before check-in.
Excuses, excuses. A gas explosion at the Hyatt Regency London left 14 guests injured. The question is: is an explosion an adequate reason for same-day cancellation?
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