Lobby Bar – December 11: Inflatable Cars, Vegan Airlines, Feed Your Neighbor, and Magnetic Travel

By Jeremy Del Nero on 11 December 2015
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Lobby Bar – A Calamitous Collage of FBT News and Views

Huff & puff. Jesse Sokolow has presented a few driving tips so you can travel safely this winter. Check for tire inflation frequently because the cold weather will lower air pressure, but be sure to carry a straw with you at all times, just in case you need to re-inflate your tires on the road.

Good research. The results are in for this year’s Air Travel Pet Peeves survey. For the fourth year in a row, insufficient legroom topped the list, which means only one thing can be true: people are continuing to get taller well past puberty.

Fly vegan. Jonathan Spira perseveres through an uncomfortable Delta flight from JFK to Phoenix. It seems that Delta ran out of the usual polyester fill and instead used gravel to stuff Mr. Spira’s seat cushion. Top it off with beef from the flight attendant and the cold ribs and it was not a very meaty flight.

Attractive driving. Join us behind the wheel of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. This year’s Maxima is made with a more rigid steel, and is twice as magnetic. If you can find a cargo truck carrying a shipment of powerful magnets, you can maximize fuel economy by letting the truck pull your car. Not recommended for use by individuals with pacemakers.

Oxymoron Airlines. American Airlines is introducing Premium Economy cabins on international flights. In the deafening silence, you can enjoy awfully good jumbo shrimp and a choice of a free gift. It’s seriously funny.

Shairing. Beijing put out a red alert for smog this week, shutting down the city’s schools due to the hazardous air quality. By all means, please do your part and pack a suitcase full of air if you plan to visit Beijing soon.

Pyramid problems. Dieselgate continues with the latest spin from VW about how far back the scandal can be traced. Hans Dieter Pötsch, the company’s chairman, says the “chain of mistakes” can be traced back to ancient Egypt, when the pharaoh approved a silly idea from an intern that was promised “would save him time and money.” Apparently the suggestion was to save on construction costs by leaving the nose off the Sphinx.

United, united. United Airlines is going to be offering free in-flight snacks for select passengers in economy class next year as part of its Coexist™ program. To participate in the program and receive free snacks, you must be willing to feed the snacks to your seatmate and vice versa.

Sleepy options Accor announced that it will acquire Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel hotel chains for $2.9 billion. Now that Marriot will soon own Starwood, there are fewer and fewer hoteliers to choose from. That’s why FBT will be going into the hotel business – if you’d like to share a room with four 25-year-old hipsters on a sixth floor walk-up, shoot me a text.

Burrito border patrol. New San Diego airport terminal connecting California with Tijuana, Mexico opened this week. To travel from one side of the airport to the other, you need to show your passport and fill out a customs form before crossing the border. Keep in mind that all of the restrooms are in Mexico and all of the food courts are in the U.S., so have your passport and a pen handy.

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