Lobby Bar – May 6: Traveling Naked, Cars that Drive on Clouds, and Why Tubes are the Future

By Jeremy Del Nero on 6 May 2016
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Phantom limb. Jesse Sokolow details the biggest events in Mays throughout travel history. His time machine took him to May 2053, when people travel exclusively through a network of air-pressurized tubes at hundreds of miles per hour, and may or may not arrive at their destination in one piece.

Move it up. Hundreds of miles of highway stretches in Pennsylvania have had their speed limit increased to 70 miles per hour. To compensate for the anticipated speedier travel, all flights out of Philadelphia International Airport will leave five minutes earlier than their scheduled departure time, so please plan accordingly.

Sweet revenge. “Hamilton,” the hit Broadway musical about the nation’s founding fathers, received a record number of 16 Tony Award nominations this week. Aaron Burr could not be reached for comment, but Alexander Hamilton went on the record saying “Karma’s a bitch, but my face is still on the sawbuck.”

Simplify life. Check out our top tips on how to get from curbside to airside in a matter of minutes. Tip #1: travel naked and without luggage; there will be nothing to remove at security and you won’t have to wait to put your bag on the conveyor belt.

Head in the clouds. Paul Riegler gets behind the wheel of the 2016 Lexus LS 600h L, and enjoys what he describes as a “cloud-like” drive. After parking the car, Riegler realized that Lexus actually managed to install a system of vapor-condensers surrounding the wheels, which means the vehicle literally does drive on clouds.

Real restitution. It’s an exciting time for European mobile phone toters: roaming charges in the EU just got less expensive. If you’ve been overpaying for your usage or paid ahead for your service, please send a letter to your corresponding European prime minister, who will deliver a refund for your overpayment in person.

Man the door. Jonathan Spira checks into the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco atop Nob Hill. Spira stayed in a prototype room that lacked certain final details, such as artwork, outlet placement, and a door. Not to worry: in a nod to the film “Grand Budapest Hotel,” the lobby boy stood guard at the doorway overnight.

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