Lobby Bar – March 27: The Value of Duty, Jogging Across the World, and John Hancock Makes a Friend

By Jeremy Del Nero on 27 March 2015
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Lobby Bar – Not Your Average Summary of FBT News and Views

American Idol. Paul Riegler sleeps from New York to London in American Airlines’ half-empty Business Class. To help its passengers sleep, American offers complimentary lullabies, sung by the surprisingly talented pilot over the intercom.

Editorial Heist. Jesse Sokolow takes us on a tour of New York City’s finest museums. If you hear about a multi-museum heist, we promise it’s unrelated to our museum pilgrimage – those paintings that just surfaced on eBay are from a different travel magazine.

Wingtip chilling. If the most recent airplane crash has you feeling nervous, we’re here to remind you that the jet in question, the Airbus A320, actually has a strong safety record. Just make sure you don’t climb out onto the wings without a life vest and tank of oxygen and you’ll be fine.

Veto the vote. It’s that time of the year again: vote for your favorite airlines, hotels, and airports in our annual GlobeRunner Awards. Voting more than once is prohibited, unless you vote for our own World Global Air as the best airline. FYI, World Global has an exemplary record of no crashes, zero, nil, zip, niente, rien, nada.

Staying current. Time to change the clocks: Summer Time 2015 begins this Sunday for the European Union. If you live in other parts of the world, it’s probably a good idea to change your clocks as well so you can stay in sync with EU time.

Ancient times. Earth Hour takes places on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so make sure to pause your Netflix movie to observe the electronic silence. It may seem like the end of the world, but FBT’s 105-year-old deputy managing editor says that during his childhood, every hour was Earth Hour, and he survived just fine.

Moving up. Marriott announced the opening of a new Autograph Collection hotel in Zurich. Each hotel in the group has a designated room where notable figures’ autographs are displayed. The new hotel in Zurich will be home to the signatures of Barack Obama, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jesse Sokolow.

Dude-y. American Airlines has put an end to on-board duty-free purchases. Now every time you make a purchase on an American flight, you must perform an act of duty. Helping an old lady with her luggage is a small price to pay for access to tax-free perfume.

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