Lobby Bar – November 6: Passenger Pancakes, Mediocre Hotels, and Sponsored Sauntering
Lobby Bar – A Compelling Conglomeration of FBT News and Views
Birthday boy. In his monthly voyage into the past, Jesse Sokolow recounts great moments in travel history in Novembers past. “Remember, remember, the Eleventh of November, for that was the day I was born.” – Jesse Sokolow circa 1990.
Sushimatic. Jeremy Del Nero (greetings!) goes hands-on with Motorola’s Moto X Pure Edition, which learns its owner’s schedule and will execute certain tasks based on past behavior. For example, every night at 8 p.m., my Moto X calls the neighborhood sushi place and places a delivery order for 12 avocado cucumber rolls. Just to keep things interesting, it will occasionally slip in an order for fugu.
Hands full. Paul Riegler flies in American Airlines’ Business Class from Philadelphia to Munich, claiming his usual bulkhead seat, 1A. This time, his seat lacked an overhead bin, so he was kindly asked by the flight attendant to not eat, sleep, or read, but to hold his belongings in his lap for the duration of the flight.
Quiet, you. Jonathan Spira gets behind the wheel of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade. The car’s second- and third-row seats fold flat at the press of a button, useful for easily expanding cargo space and squishing annoying back-seat drivers.
Great expectations. Join us for a stay at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont. When you’re done enjoying the fall foliage and comforts of the hotel, check out the sister property, Mediocre Resort in Burlington, which offers discount rates and, well, pretty awful service.
Moonwalk. Volkswagen announced a temporarily halt in sales of its larger vehicles with diesel engines following new EPA claims that the cars use software that allows them to cheat on an emissions test. The troubled automaker is now in the process of hiring lawyers to argue that the emissions ratings are actually quite accurate… if the vehicle were driven on the moon.
Freedom to stroll. By 2017, Europe plans to do away with roaming fees entirely. The EU classifies roaming as “wandering for 25 minutes or more with no clear path or destination,” a crime that is being committed by the majority of people over the age of 65. Finally, these seniors will be allowed to roam as they wish without the fear of being fined.
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